Aston Martin Teases its Next Hypercar, Project 003
Limited to 500 units
Aston Martin hasn't delivered its first Valkyrie yet, but already the brand has confirmed it's working on another hypercar. The upcoming model has been codenamed Project 003, a reference to it being the third hypercar in Aston's current lineup behind the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro.
Aston revealed very few details, but did say the new hypercar will be mid-engine and "limited to 500 coupe examples globally." We wonder if that language is intended to leave the door open for a future topless version. In the single sketch the automaker provided (above), we don't see much, but what we especially don't see is much resemblance to the Valkyrie. The two cars have a bubble canopy in common, but other than that Project 003 looks completely different. It's hard to say exactly what's what in the minimalist sketch, but the wheels may be completely covered for aerodynamic purposes. Aston says the car will use active aero to achieve "outstanding levels of downforce in a road-legal car."
Project 003 will utilize a lightweight structure and will be powered by a turbocharged gas-electric hybrid engine. In addition, it will get an active suspension. But a pure track car Project 003 will not be. Aston says the car will have space for luggage and will be designed to be usable on the road as well as the track. The car will be offered in all markets in both left- and right-hand drive when it arrives in late 2021.
"It was always the intention for the Aston Martin Valkyrie to be a once-in-a lifetime project," said Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer in a release. "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, creating a bloodline of highly specialized, 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."
This jibes with what the CEO told us in Geneva earlier this year, when he said Aston would create two limited series vehicles each year. Here's hoping that means we'll see a One-77 or Vulcan successor one day.
The tease has only just begun for Project 003, so stay tuned as we learn more details about Aston Martin's next hypercar.