► The new Aston Martin Project 003
► A mid-engined hybrid hypercar
► New Aston-engineered V6
Aston Martin’s triptych of 2019 Geneva motor show surprises is crowned by the new Project 003 hybrid hypercar. It reflects a significant move by Gaydon to park its vehicle range on the front lawn of mid-engined mainstays in Modena, Italy.
This 003 will be joined by the next-generation Aston Martin Vanquish as a two-pronged mid-engined attack on the supercar establishment, you see. Both Astons are powered by a new, in-house-developed V6.
Yes, that’s right: Aston Martin is going to start manufacturing its own engines again - for the first time since the turn of the millennium.
So what exactly is the Aston Martin Project 003?
‘It was always the intention for the Aston Martin Valkyrie to be a once-in-a lifetime project,’ said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer. ‘However, it was also vital to us that Valkyrie would create a legacy: a direct descendant that would also set new standards within its own area of the hypercar market, creating a bloodline of highly specialised, limited production machines that can exist in parallel with Aston Martin’s series production models.
'I’m thrilled to announce that this car is the Project ‘003’, and our next step into a dynamic and exacting arena.’
This was conceived as the next chapter in the Valkyrie story. Much of the technology has trickled down from the maximum Aston and the company’s association with F1 designer Adrian Newey, but deployed here in a more usable, day-to-day hypercar.
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LMP1-style doors cut into the roof, making access easier. It’s a full carbonfibre monocoque and the 003’s bodywork is composite too, while suspension is by active systems to cater for use on road or track.
No performance stats or specs are available yet, but we know the V6 will be hybridised in this application.
It’s absolutely dripping with the latest tech: 3D printing is used to build many components, such as the centre console where it strips away 50% of the mass, according to the engineers. They’re also excited by the new, race-derived Nexcel sealed oil system which facilitates oil changes in less than 90sec. How will Kwik Fit compete with that?
When does the Aston Martin Project 003 go on sale?
First deliveries are scheduled for late 2021, according to Aston Martin. It seems the pace of change in Gaydon ain’t letting up any time soon...
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