Aston Martin has just announced yet another hypercar project after the Valkyrie called Project “003”.
The Valkyrie should be entering production any day now for an expected delivery in 2019. We’re all very impressed with what Aston Martin has managed to accomplish on their hybrid hypercar, so we’re a little confused why they feel the need to top themselves just a few years later.
Aston Martin announced just a few days ago that they’ve got a third hybrid hypercar project in the works, aptly called Project “003”. Well, maybe not that apt. The first car (Project “001) is the regular road-going Valkyrie, while Project “002” is the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro. We’re not sure why Aston had to define both cars as completely separate given they’re practically the same, but whatever.
Anyway, we know very little about Project “003” other than it will use the same technologies pioneered in the Valkyrie. Aston didn’t specify which technologies, but they did say it would use active aerodynamics and an active suspension to achieve "class-leading dynamics on both road and track.”
They also said that 003 would use a "lightweight structure and [be] powered by a turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid engine.” The Valkyrie uses a Cosworth-sourced naturally aspirated V12, so we know that Project “003” will certainly not use the same powertrain as the previous hypercar.
Power is also something that’s left to the imagination. The Valkyrie makes 1,130 hp thanks to the aforementioned V12 and a set of electric motors sourced from Rimac, and on a carbon fiber frame and chassis that weighs only 2,271 lbs we expect it to be capable of some ludicrous acceleration.
We don’t know for sure yet--Aston Martin hasn’t released performance figures.
Only 500 Project “003”s are to be made with deliveries starting in 2021. That’s only two years after Aston should have finished delivering the Valkyrie to customers.
Is Aston Martin becoming a hypercar maker? Stay tuned as wait to find out more.