Aston Martin isn’t expected to deliver its third hypercar until late 2021, but it’s already giving us a sneak peek. Here is our first actual glimpse at the mid-engine coupe, which carries the codename of Project 003, courtesy of the brand’s Twitter account. Since the post is captioned “The wait is nearly over,” Aston Martin should show the car in one form or another sometime soon, perhaps at the upcoming Geneva motor show. A simplistic sketch was previously released last September.
#Project003 will be the third mid-engined hypercar we develop following the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro. Project 003 has its DNA deeply rooted in concepts and technology currently being developed for those revolutionary road and track-only machines.
THE WAIT IS NEARLY OVER pic.twitter.com/lJE9hpsdkc
— Aston Martin (@astonmartin) February 20, 2019
Project 003 will join the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro hypercars, formerly known as 001 and 002. It will feature some sort of turbocharged gas-electric hybrid powertrain, although specs haven’t been announced. Expect the model to receive an active suspension and active aerodynamics. It has been bred for the track as well as the road, with space for luggage, Aston Martin says. The model will be offered in all markets and with both left- and right-hand drive, but production will end at 500 examples.
Speaking with Auto Express, Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer said the car “falls into the category of a ‘special.’ ” “It’s the connector, it’s the dot between the Valkyrie and the Ferrari 488 competitor [also under development],” he said. “Let’s put it as a LaFerrari competitor so it’s in that kind of realm, like the McLaren Senna and Porsche 918. As for power, it would more than compete with those.” So figure more than the 918’s 887 hp and perhaps as much as the LaFerrari’s 950.