A road-friendly, hybrid supercar

The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is only two weeks away, and automakers are already rolling out teasers of vehicles they will showcase in Switzerland. Among them, there’s the Aston Martin Project 003, a new hypercar that the British firm is looking to launch in 2021. We only have a teaser shot and little info right now, but Project 003 looks and sounds exciting, to say the least.

Aston Martin’s Third Hypercar the Project 003

Aston Martin Confirms Hypercar Project 003 with a Mystical Teaser
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As the name suggests, the Project 003 will become Aston Martin’s third supercar. It follows the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, formerly known as projects 001 and 002. The British firm says Project 003 has its DNA "deeply rooted in concepts and technology currently being developed" for the Valkyrie, but it doesn’t say how much it will borrow from the upcoming hypercar.

The Aston Martin Project 003 Will be a More Practical Supercar

2020 Aston Martin Mid-Engined Supercar
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The Project 003 is being design to offer more practical concessions to road use

Just like the Valkyrie, Project 003 will be built around a lightweight structure, likely based on technology from Formula One. It will also feature active aerodynamics and "outstanding levels of downforce" for a road-legal car. The active suspension will be based on the Valkyrie’s.

So is Aston Martin building a special-edition version of the latter? Not exactly. The British firm says the Project 003 is being designed to offer "more practical concessions to road use," meaning it will include space for luggage. It’s also being engineered for both left- and right-hand drive, so it will be sold globally. More importantly, it will be a hybrid.

The Aston Martin Project 003 Won’t Feature a Naturally Aspirated V-12

Here's Your First Look at the Aston Martin Project 003
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While the Valkyrie features a naturally aspirated V-12, Project 003 will be a hybrid

This is where Project 003 will be entirely different. While the Valkyrie features a naturally aspirated V-12, the 003 will come with a turbocharged gasoline engine and an electric motor. There’s no word as to what unit Aston Martin will use, but the company has two options. Either the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 borrowed from Mercedes-AMG or a brand-new powerplant. The Valkyrie is also some sort of hybrid since it has a KERS system, but the Project 003 will be a pure hybrid with at least one electric motor. It could have two though, in order to obtain a powerful AWD layout.

Information is rather limited here, but the "hypercar" badge should translate into an impressive output. Given its more road-friendly characteristic, Project 003 might not be as powerful as the Valkyrie, which benefits from 1,130 horsepower, but it should have close to 1,000 or even a bit more. It should be light too, maybe just 100 pounds heavier than the 2,271-pound Valkyrie, mostly due to the extra luggage room and other road-friendly features.

The Aston Martin Project 003 Features a Sleek Design

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The only available teaser right now suggests that Project 003 will be just as sleek as the Valkyrie.

But it doesn’t seem like it will borrow too many design cues. The rear end appears to be significantly different, with long and slim taillights, a not-so-aggressive wing, and less muscular rear fenders. But it will have the same layout, with a canopy-style cabin, a roof-mounted intake, and a massive diffuser.

The Aston Martin Project 003 is Limited to 500 Units

Aston Martin plans to build 500 examples of the Project 500. It might not seem like a lot, but it’s actually a massive number compared to the Valkyrie. The latter will be built in only 150 units, while the AMR Pro track version will roll out the production line in just 25 examples.

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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