Aston Martin AM-RB 003 unveiled: F1-inspired ‘son of Valkyrie’ coming in 2021

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Aston Martin has taken the covers off the AM-RB 003 concept at the Geneva motor show.

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Affectionately known as the ‘son of Valkyrie’, the AM-RB 003 is Aston’s third mid-engine supercar (with the second being the upcoming Vanquish), developed in conjunction with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. Due to enter production in 2021, it mixes some the flagship Valkyrie’s trick aerodynamics and sleek design language with a host of F1-inspired elements and technologies.

Powering the 003 concept (the final production name will be announced later on) is a new turbocharged V6, assisted by a front-mounted electric motor. Displacement, power outputs and gearbox figures haven’t been quoted, although the British brand claims that the powertrain has been designed completely in-house. Could this signal a future entry into F1 as an engine supplier for Red Bull Racing? Time will tell.

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Visually, the 003 adopts the sleek appearance first seen on the Valkyrie, albeit with some sharpening and tuning to make it less extreme and race-like. The extreme aerodynamic elements have been retained – there’s a bold front splitter, streamlined lines and an enormous rear diffuser. There’s also a unique rear wing constructed from FlexFoil, an aerospace-derived material that can alter the level of downforce it produces without actually changing the angle of the wing itself.

Inside, the cabin is minimalist, with expanses of exposed carbon-fibre. Everything is aligned with the driver as part of what Aston calls ‘Apex Ergonomics’.

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The Aston Martin AM-RB 003 will go into production in 2021 under a different name. It’ll look similar to the concept shown today in Geneva, with only 500 coupes set to be produced.

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