Aston Martin has finally taken the cover off their mysterious Project 003.
They call it the AM-RB 003 Concept, and it’s made in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies--hence the name “AM-RB”. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, you can clearly see the influence from Aston Martin’s previous mid-engine hypercar, the Valkyrie, although the AM-RB 003 seems to have a bit more substance over the Valkyrie’s relentless pursuit of speed.
“We were quite deliberate in AM-RB 003 to not disguise its lineage, but we were equally emphatic that it would be a distillation of Aston Martin Valkyrie and not a dilution," said Aston Martin Design Director Miles Nurnberger in a statement. “The design isn’t as extreme in some areas, but it pushes just as hard in others, and is even taking certain ideas and concepts a step further. That’s a natural function of design evolution, but also testament to just how great an influence working with Red Bull Advanced Technologies on Aston Martin Valkyrie has had on our approach to everything that’s come since.”
So what did Red Bull bring to the table? A lot of Formula 1 testing to ensure this is one of the most aerodynamic cars that Aston Martin has ever made.
The bulk of the car’s downforce is made where you can’t even see it using aerodynamic elements on the underbody. A large rear diffuser also helps, but so too does the seemingly fixed and subtle rear wing. That wing uses a technology called “FlexFoil” which creates a variable airfoil that allows downforce to be changed without the flashiness of a fully active rear wing.
"The system allows for the car’s downforce to be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire element, resulting in a seamless design with high performance, improved efficiency and reduced wind noise," writes Aston.
Under the engine cover, we know there is a hybrid turbocharged V6 engine, but we don’t have any of the specifications. All we know is that it’s buried in a carbon fiber chassis and surrounded by a carbon fiber body in order to keep weight to an absolute minimum.
Also, the interior is somewhat more spacious than can be found on the Valkyrie and eschews an expensive infotainment console in favor of just giving you a smartphone holder instead. It’s decidedly low tech, and yet infinitely convenient.
Production will be limited to 500 units. Presumably, Aston Martin will find it in their hearts to eventually tell us the price of each one and when they’ll be available, not to mention the specs of this mid-engine supercar.