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Here’s your first look at Aston Martin’s mid-engined hypercar
Just 500 examples of ‘Project 003’ will be made. And it’ll be a turbo hybrid
Aston Martin is going to build a mid-engined supercar and, if you squint a bit, deploy some imagination and maybe turn up the brightness on your screen, this is it.
It’s codenamed ‘Project 003’, because the Aston Martin Valkyrie – the most powerful and fastest ever Aston – was codenamed ‘001’, and the track-honed Valkyrie AMR Pro ‘002’.
The codename gives away the influence behind this upcoming mid-engined supercar; a sort of mini Valkyrie that takes the lessons learned from those two top dog cars and distills into something like this.
It’ll be fitted with a “turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid engine”. A variation perhaps, on AMG’s 4.0-litre V8 currently doing service in the Vantage and DB11. Maybe not the V12 pinched from the Valkyrie, though stranger things have happened in Aston’s life.
We’re told this engine will be bolted onto a ‘lightweight structure’ (in the middle, in case it’s still not clear). There will also be active aero for ‘outstanding’ levels of downforce, though how fast you’d have to be going to activate it remains unclear but probably best left to a track. Suspension? Also active. Dynamics? ‘Class leading’.
This won’t be a stripped-out, barely road-legal toy however. Aston promises it’ll even have some luggage space. And be ‘beautifully designed’. That’s not usually an issue for Aston, you’ll have probably figured out by now.
“In an Aston today, the A-pillar always intersects the front wheel, where in a mid-engined car everything moves forward,” Aston boss Andy Palmer told us a while back. “So you’ve got some challenges to get those classical proportions. But the styling direction owes more to Valkyrie than it does to Vantage.”
We’ll probably see it first at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, before a proper launch in 2021. “It was always the intention for the Aston Martin Valkyrie to be a once-in-a-lifetime project,” Palmer said.
“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,” he added.
So when Aston Martin’s mid-engined hypercar arrives, squint a bit, and you’ll see a Valkyrie.