Aston Martin’s third mid-engine hypercar will make its global debut at the Geneva International Motorshow 2019. Codenamed AM-RB 003, aka the ‘Son of Valkyrie’, Aston Martin is proud to introduce an all-new performance-bred predator that follows the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro as the third hypercar in Aston Martin’s mid-engine story with the close involvement from Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
Both evolutionary and revolutionary, AM-RB 003 will incorporate concepts and technologies taken directly from F1TM and applied to the epoch-making Aston Martin Valkyrie, providing it with performance to meet and surpass the performance demands of existing top-end hypercar rivals.
While this exceptional breadth of performance is of paramount importance, Project ‘003’ is also being designed and engineered to offer more practical concessions to road use, including space for luggage. Fully homologated and available in all markets in both left and right-hand drive, production will be limited to 500 coupe examples globally, with the first cars arriving to market in late 2021.
Powered by an all-new innovative Aston Martin hybrid turbo V6 engine with a combined power output target of c.1000bhp, power will be transferred to the road through an F1-inspired 8-speed dual clutch transmission. Complementing this exciting new power unit will be the revolutionary Nexcel sealed oil system, facilitating oil changes in under 90-seconds and the refinement and reuse of the car’s engine oil.
This innovative system was first utilised on the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan and subjected to numerous Nürburgring 24 Hours campaigns to prove out its performance and durability credentials. Its use on AM-RB 003 will the first for a road-going car worldwide.
AM-RB 003 will also benefit from next-generation aircraft morphing technology, to create a variable airfoil across the entirety of the rear wing. The technology named FlexFoilTM has been validated by NASA through extensive performance and acoustic flight testing, with Aston Martin the first to implement this cutting-edge aerospace technology in the automotive industry.
The system allows for AM-RB 003’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. Turbulence and the associated drag increase found in current “state of the art” active wing designs is virtually eliminated too.