A Valkyrie with room for luggage?

The Aston Martin AM-RB 003, previously known as Project 003, is a concept car that previews a production model scheduled to arrive in 2021. The company’s third supercar, the AM-RB 003 follows in the footsteps of theValkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, formerly known as Project 001 and Project 002, respectively.

Just like the Valkyrie, the AM-RB 003 is being developed with input from Red Bull Advanced Technologies in the design and engineering departments and will include features and technologies from the said hypercar. Aston Martin promises that this supercar will "meet and surpass the performance demands of existing top-end hypercar rivals," but until actual data comes out, it’s just PR talk. Let’s find out what we already know about this vehicle.

2020 Aston MartinAM-RB 003 Exterior

  • Aggressive aerodynamics
  • Massive diffuser
  • Canopy-style roof
  • Looks fast!
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This new supercar has a more down-to-earth design compared to the Valkyrie

A quick look at the AM-RB 003 is enough to notice that Aston Martin looked at the Valkyrie for inspiration, but this new supercar has a more down-to-earth design. While the Valkyrie is a pretty wild idea design-wise due to its channeled center section and very muscular fenders, the AM-RB 003 looks more like a regular supercar. They kind you see coming from Ferrari, McLaren, and Koenigsegg nowadays.

But the wild factor is still there. Aston Martin takes no prisoners with these AM-RB cars and does away with a few familiar design features. For instance, while the AM-RB 003 doesn’t have the Valkyrie’s massive opening in the nose that makes it look like that car has a front wing, the entire front fascia is just a big vent on top of a carbon-fiber splitter. Aston Martin just didn’t care how this car looks. It’s main goal was to make it as aerodynamic as possible.

The profile is also similar to the Valkyrie, yet different enough to stand out. The wheel arches don’t raise as much above the waistline, while the vent system above the side skirts isn’t as complicated as on the Valkyrie. But the AM-RB 003 does have race-inspired side skirts and the canopy-style cabin we see on most modern supercars. Because the roof is painted black, the cabin looks just like that of a jet fighter.

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It's equipped with a next-generation aircraft morphing technology, which includes a variable airfoil across the rear wing

Around back, the AM-RB 003 sports a massive two-piece diffuser that looks a lot like the Valkyrie’s. However, the fascia isn’t as aggressive. Aston Martin went with simpler taillights mounted just under the deck lid, while the Valkyrie’s rear wing was ditched in favor of a smaller aero element. In all, I think that the AM-RB 003 looks nicer than the Valkyrie. The latter is way too aggressive for a road car and lacks the sporty elegance typical to British sports cars. The AM-RB 003 concept, on the other, looks like a proper competitor for the McLaren 720S.

Although the car’s design is decidedly milder than the Valkyrie, it’s features a complex aerodynamic system. Aston Martin says it’s fitted with a next-generation aircraft morphing technology, which includes a variable airfoil across the rear wing. It’s called FlexFoil, it’s been validated by NASA, and Aston Martin is the first company to implement it in the auto industry.

What does it do? Simply put, this system allows for the car’s downforce to be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire rear wing, which improves efficiency and reduces wind noise. The design also eliminates the turbulence and drag increase that’s created by modern active wings. Finally, it results in a seamless, flowing design.

2020 Aston Martin Project 003 Interior

  • Still track-focused
  • Some storage space
  • More amenities than Valkyrie
  • Modern technology
  • Carbon-fiber
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The AM-RB 003's interior has a friendly design that's ready to go into production

While the Valkyrie’s cabin looks pretty much like that of a space shuttle, the AM-RB 003’s interior has a friendlier design that’s ready to go into production. Aston Martin kept things rather simple in there, with clean door panels, a clean dashboard with a wide display, and a thin center console with only a handful of controls.

The two seats are ready to provide the ultimate comfort on the race track with heavy side bolstering, integrated headrests, and grippy seating and back surfaces. The steering wheel has a flat top and bottom and appears to include a small screen besides the usual race-spec controls. Although the dashboard and the steering wheel are wrapped in leather, both look rather strange, reminding me of all-plastic cars from the 1990s. That’s the only downside though. Everything else seems well crafted and there’s a lot of visible carbon-fiber throughout the entire cockpit.

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Aston Martin made some concessions to practicality and road use

The really big difference here compared to the Valkyrie is that Aston Martin made some concessions to practicality and road use. The center console is wider, while a small terrace behind the seats can store a couple of small bags. The production model will also have smaller storage areas for items such as mobile phones or wallets.

The infotainment systems works based on the "bring-your-own" technology concept, which means that will be able to use it by connecting your smartphone. Aston Martin argues that this strategy delivers maximum efficiency and functionality, while also keeping things as simple as possible.

2020 Aston Martin Project 003 Drivetrain

  • Hybrid drivetrain
  • Brand-new V-6
  • At least 700 horsepower
  • Active suspension
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The electric motor will be paired to a turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine, a first for the company

The production version of the AM-RB 003 will break new ground for Aston Martin. While the company’s current vehicles have V-12 and V-8 engines, this supercar will hit the market with a hybrid drivetrain. The electric motor will be paired to a turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine, a first for the company. The big news here is that this V-6 will be designed in-house, so it will mark the company’s return to this practice.

This statement seems a bit awkward because while the V-12 in the Valkyrie was made by Cosworth and the 4.0-liter V-8 from the Vantage and DB11 comes from Mercedes-AMG, the twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 from the DB11 was designed by Aston Martin.

There’s not much info about this new hybrid drivetrain, but it’s safe to assume that the AM-RB 003 will be plenty powerful. Since it will sit under the Valkyrie, it will have less than 1,000 horsepower at its disposal, but Aston Martin will probably aim for at least 700 horses.

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The production car will also feature the Nexcel sealed oil system from the Vulcan

This supercar will be aimed at the likes of the McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo, so it will also be capable of 0-to-60-mph sprints of less than three seconds.

The production car will also feature the Nexcel sealed oil system from the Vulcan. This revolutionary feature allows oil changes to be made in less than 90 seconds. What’s more, it enables the refinement and reuse of the car’s engine oil. The system was proved in the track-only supercar during numerous 24 Hours of Nurburgring campaign and the AM-RB 003 will be the first road-going car to have it.

All these drivetrain components will be mounted in a lightweight carbon-fiber structure based on that of the Valkyrie. The supercar will ride on an active suspension system with state-of-the-art electronics for enhanced precision and control.

Aston Martin Valkyrie specifications

Engine 6.5-liter V-12 engine and an electric motor
Combined output 1,160 HP
Combined torque 664 LB-FT
Power-to-weight ratio 1:1
Curb weight 2,270 Lbs
Transmission race-spec
0 to 60 mph 2.5 seconds

Final Thoughts

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I must admit I’m a bit surprised that Aston Martin is already building a new hypercar. It hasn’t been long since the Valkyrie was unveiled and the British firm is already working on a new high-performance, aerodynamic machine. And it’s not just a new version of the Valkyrie, but a brand-new concept that’s supposed to be a bit more practical. We don’t know much about the production model so far, but the concept car and the prospect it creates are interesting to say the least.

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    • Many details still under wraps
    • Still at least two years away

Further reading

2020 Aston Martin Mid-Engined Supercar Exclusive Renderings Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Aston Martin Mid-Engined Supercar.

2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
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Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

New hypercar codenamed Project ‘003’
Third hypercar to be created by Aston Martin
Revolutionary new mid-engined hypercar features technology showcased in the Aston Martin Valkyrie
Arriving to market in late 2021
Production strictly limited to 500 coupe examples globally

20 September 2018, Gaydon: Aston Martin’s next step into the mid-engined hypercar market has been confirmed with the release of the first official details of Project ‘003’.

Project ‘003’ is the third hypercar to be developed by Aston Martin following the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro (formerly ‘001’ and ‘002’), 003 has its DNA deeply rooted in concepts and technology currently being developed for those revolutionary road and track-only machines.

Project ‘003’ will be built around a lightweight structure and powered by a turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid engine. Combined with active aerodynamics for outstanding levels of downforce in a road-legal car, active suspension systems providing next-level precision, control and driver connection like the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, Project ‘003’ will possess class leading dynamics on both road and track.

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.

Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive, Andy Palmer, said: “It was always the intention for the Aston Martin Valkyrie to be a once-in-a lifetime project, however, it was also vital to us that Valkyrie would create a legacy: a direct descendent 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.”

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