Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing are partnering up to create an entire lineup of hypercars, following the Valkyrie bloodline. In their press conference at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin unveiled the full quartet of mid-engine cars, lead by the Valkyrie, all of which will go in production by 2022.
The Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro we already know about. But at $3-4 million each, there is plenty of space for development in the lower tiers of high-performance vehicles.
The third hypercar Aston Martin is working on is called AM-RB 003. It will rival the current generation of hypercars – Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, McLaren Senna and La Ferrari – what you’d call the regular hypercars.
003 is a gorgeous vehicle. It’s undeniably a descendant of the Valkyrie. The chassis and body are all carbon fiber. The front end, pronounced wheel arches and massive channels on the sides show the Valkyrie design language, but in a less extreme way.
AM-RB 003 is toned down – less obsessed with performance – more comfortable and usable. The cockpit is more spacious and the new doors allow you to enter and leave the vehicle without having to climb or remove the steering wheel.
The seats are fixed to the carbon fiber tub – the wheel and pedals articulate instead to adjust the driving position. Most of the instrument cluster is 3D printed carbon fiber, which reduces the weight by further 50%.
Тhe aerodynamics have been developed and extensively tested with the help of Red Bull Advanced Technologies – a proprietary software and simulation program used in Formula One.
The diffuser is simply absurd and the shapeshifting wing is a feat of engineering in itself. It’s made from flexible carbon fiber, that can actively change its form to provide the appropriate downforce as the conditions demand. The FlexFoil technology is extensively tested by NASA and proven to increase efficiency and reduce wind noise compared to articulated surfaces.
Aston Martin didn’t comment on the power output of the AM-RB 003. But we know the car will be using a hybrid powertrain with an entirely new, twin-turbo V6 engine – designed and built entirely by Aston Martin.
The engine will be the first to use the proprietary Nexcel sealed oil system in a road-going application. Debuting on the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan, the system allows oil changes in 90 seconds.
You can watch the exclusive first walkaround of the Aston Martin AM-RB 003 by Mr. JWW in the video below.