Aston Martin has revealed the design concept for the AM-RB 003, the third mid-engined hypercar from the brand which was previously known as Project 003.
To design and engineer the AM-RB 003, Aston Martin has partnered with Red Bull Advanced Technologies which will also bring F1 tech to the car.
Aston Martin has leaned more towards F1 technology rather than practicality and road use in the engineering of the AM-RB 003. The car is also heavily influenced by the Valkyrie hypercar.
Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin Director of Design, commented saying, “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.”
“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,” he continued.
Despite sharing fundamental styling and aerodynamic features with the Valkyrie, the AM-RB 003 sports a pronounced front keel, new lamp shapes at the front and rear, and large rear diffuser as well as benefitting from the next-generation of aircraft morphing technology which creates a variable airfoil across the entirety of the rear wing called FlexFoil.
It cleverly allows the downforce affecting the vehicle to be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire element resulting in higher performance, improved efficiency and reduced wind noise.
One of the biggest points of differentiation between the AM-RB 003 and the Valkyrie is the cabin size with the former featuring a larger cockpit. To allow for easier entry and egress LMP1-style doors, which open forwards taking a section of roof with them, have been used. There is also a widened centre console and terrace space behind the seats.
The cabin is laid out according to the ‘Apex Ergonomics’ philosophy which aims to achieve perfect alignment between the centreline of the driver’s back, steering wheel and pedals and the careful positioning of other elements throughout the cabin to support this driver focussed experience.
Assisting with this philosophy is a display screen mounted on the steering column and an infotainment system which uses ‘bring-your-own’ technology which is connected to a smartphone.
Full technical details of the AM-RB 003 will be revealed as the development programme makes progress however it has been confirmed that the new hybrid turbo V6 engine, developed by Aston Martin’s in-house design team, will be used.
This new engine will be accompanied by the Nexcel sealed oil system, which facilitates oil changes in under 90-seconds as well as the refinement and reuse of the car’s engine oil, making the AM-RB 003 the first road-going car worldwide to use the system.
Aston Martin has said that a strictly limited number of 500 coupes will be available worldwide. Stay tuned for more details as they are revealed.
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