The Geneva Auto Show is in full swing and things kicked off with Aston Martin doing several supercar reveals all at once. That’s something we haven’t seen from a supercar brand in quite a while.
Though to be fair, the cars were effectively concepts. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the final production versions of each of these models stay close to what you see here.
So what exactly did they reveal? I would probably say the most notable reveal is was the AM-RB 003. This car is an evolution of the original concept previously known as “Project 003”.
If you remember, Project 003 was the concept Aston Martin revealed last year as part of a technical partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT).
The AM-RB 003 is the next step in bringing this hypercar to fruition. With this reveal we also got a few more details. We know now that the car will be powered by a hybrid V6 turbo engine. Though we don’t have any power numbers yet.
We’ve also learned that RBAT’s part in the development is using their proprietary modeling and simulation technology and that the hypercar will be built on a lightweight dynamic chassis which will likely utilize a lot of carbon fiber.
It is also considered to be an off-shoot of the Aston Martin Valkyrie but they don’t want it to be seen as something “lesser than”. Which means this car will likely be a little easier to get by way of price and production numbers.
The next big reveal was the return of an iconic name for Aston Martin in the form of the Vanquish Vision Concept. This concept is the first Vanquish to rock a mid-rear engine layout and will be powered by a V6 engine which but it wasn’t mentioned if the Vanquish engine will also be a turbo hybrid like the AM-RB 003 or rather a high-strung, naturally aspirated variant.
It was also noted that the Vanquish will utilize a custom bonded aluminum chassis rather than what will likely be a carbon fiber chassis used on the 003. This will likely bring the price down in a relative sense to the 003 and the Valkyrie. That could also suggest that the Vanquish may be closer to a “super GT” car rather than a hypercar.
The great news about both of these cars is that as it stands they are definitely both heading for production. We’ll likely see the AM-RB 003 in production form first but there is no set release date.
The Vanquish Vision on the other hand is set to go into production in 2022 which is definitely a bit of a wait but hopefully Aston doesn’t change their minds about it in the interim as I think the Vanquish will be their hot ticket.
If you want to take a closer look at the Vanquish Vision or the AM-RB 003, just click on any of the images above and below. You can check out the press release below as well for more info.
Afterward, let us know what you think of Aston Martin’s new concepts in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
Aston Martin AM-RB 003 and Vanquish Vision gallery:
AM-RB 03 Press Release:
- Project 003 becomes AM-RB 003, with the confirmation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ involvement
- RBAT already integrated in the development of AM-RB 003
- AM-RB 003 follows Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro as third mid-engined Aston Martin
- Concept car makes debut at 2019 Geneva Motor Show
- RBAT to focus on optimisation of AM-RB 003’s chassis and aerodynamics
- AM-RB 003 to feature new Aston Martin hybrid turbo V6 engine
- Aston Martin’s Matt Becker and Chris Goodwin leading AM-RB 003’s dynamic set-up
- Overall development led by Chief Engineer, Fraser Dunn, Advanced Operations
- Project team using RBAT’s world-leading F1TM modelling and simulation technology
- Programme run from new Aston Martin Advanced Performance Centre in Milton Keynes
05 March 2019, Geneva, Switzerland: Continuing its march into the manufacture of mid-engined hypercars, Aston Martin is proud to present the design concept for AM-RB 003 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
The British marque can also confirm that AM-RB 003 – previously known as Project 003 – will benefit from the close involvement of Red Bull Advanced Technologies in its design and engineering, continuing one of the brightest and most exciting engineering partnerships in the automotive world.
As its codename suggests, the AM-RB 003 follows the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro as the third hypercar in Aston Martin’s mid-engined story. Both evolutionary and revolutionary, AM-RB 003 will incorporate concepts and technologies taken directly from F1TM and applied to the epoch-making Aston Martin Valkyrie, providing it with performance to meet and surpass the performance demands of existing top-end hypercar rivals.
Though making greater concessions to practicality and road use, AM-RB 003 will remain true to that uncompromising engineering ethos, extending the trickle down of genuine state-of-the-art F1 TM technology into a car built in larger numbers – but still strictly limited to 500 coupes worldwide – and making a design statement that’s second to none.
According to Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin Director of Design, while AM-RB 003 is heavily influenced by Aston Martin Valkyrie, it is very much its own car: “We were quite deliberate in AM-RB 003 to not disguise its lineage, but we were equally emphatic that it would be a distillation of Aston Martin Valkyrie and not a dilution. The design isn’t as extreme in some areas, but it pushes just as hard in others, and is even taking certain ideas and concepts a step further. That’s a natural function of design evolution, but also testament to just how great an influence working with Red Bull Advanced Technologies on Aston Martin Valkyrie has had on our approach to everything that’s come since.”
Sharing the same fundamental styling and aerodynamic philosophy with Aston Martin Valkyrie, the AM-RB 003 features a pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser, with the underfloor generating the bulk of the downforce. However, AM-RB 003 will also benefit from next-generation aircraft morphing technology, to create a variable airfoil across the entirety of the rear wing.
The technology named FlexFoilTM – developed by FlexSys Inc. – has been validated by NASA through extensive performance and acoustic flight testing, with Aston Martin the first to implement this cutting-edge aerospace technology in the automotive industry.
The system allows for the car’s downforce to be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire element, resulting in a seamless design with high performance, improved efficiency and reduced wind noise. Turbulence and the associated drag increase found in current “state of the art” active wing designs is virtually eliminated too.
The production design will allow for even larger leading and trailing edge deflections than shown in today’s concept and will incorporate greatly increased actuation rates to allow a real-time response to changes in the vehicle’s dynamic state.
Across the top surfaces, other aerodynamic demands create a similar shape to Aston Martin Valkyrie, but new lamp shapes at the front and rear ensure it has its own identity. The lamp graphics are unique, but the internals are taken directly from Aston Martin Valkyrie due to their lightness, with the combined weight of all four units totalling less than the weight of one DB11 headlamp.
One of the biggest differences between Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 is the size of the cockpit, for it was part of the latter’s design brief that it should make greater concessions to usability and comfort. To this end, the AM-RB 003 has LMP1-style doors, which open forwards taking a section of roof with them to facilitate easier ingress and egress. To create more space between driver and passenger the centre console has been widened, while luggage space is provided via a terrace behind the seats. There will also be stowage areas for oddments such as a wallet or mobile phone.
The cockpit itself showcases a bold new design and material philosophy aimed at achieving a reduction in visual clutter and the creation of a uniquely stimulating, dynamic and focussed driving environment. Called ‘Apex Ergonomics‘, it relies on the perfect alignment between the centreline of the driver’s back, steering wheel and pedals and the careful positioning of other elements throughout the cabin to support this driver focussed experience.
A display screen mounted on the steering column allows for the best possible view through the steering wheel without any rim block, while the Infotainment systems ultilise ‘bring-your-own‘ technology – delivered via a Smartphone – for maximum efficiency, functionality, simplicity and flexibility.
Another visual expression of ‘Apex Ergonomics’ can be found in the wraparound band that provides a distinct and functional divide between the lower section of the cockpit and the upper section defined by the extreme curvature of the windscreen. Featuring recessed vertical gills, this band provides discreet delivery of audio, ventilation and ambient lighting and creates a bold, yet fully integrated technical feature as opposed to the traditional placement of individual air vents and speakers.
It serves to focus and emphasise the driver’s attention to this horizontal widescreen zone, which in turn is the area in which all the main controls, displays and material touch points are concentrated. Where traditionally these materials would be wood, leather or glass, the AM-RB 003 signals a transition to advanced design and manufacturing techniques that pioneer what we describe as Space-Craft; that’s to say space-age technology and traditional craft.
Now the authenticity is in lightweight properties and the application of advanced design and manufacturing techniques, including the use of state-of-the-art 3D printing methods; a shift driven by the need to save weight in every area of the car. For example, the 3D printed centre console is a part that removes 50 per cent of the mass, while having integrated functional switches. In addition, thanks to CAD modelling it’s possible to create parametric forms that look very fine, intricate, and in places ‘impossible’ to make. This fuses the purity of obsessive attention, to weight saving and exceptional visual and tactile qualities.
Full technical details of the AM-RB 003 will be revealed as the development programme progresses, but it will be the first car to receive Aston Martin’s new hybrid turbo V6 engine, marking Aston Martin’s return to in-house designed engines.
Complementing this exciting new power unit will be the revolutionary Nexcel sealed oil system., facilitating oil changes in under 90-seconds and the refinement and reuse of the car’s engine oil.
This innovative system was first utilised on the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan and subjected to numerous Nürburgring 24 Hours campaigns to prove out its performance and durability credentials. Its use on the Aston Martin AM-RB 003 will the first for a road-going car worldwide.
As a direct descendent of Aston Martin Valkyrie, there was never any question over the AM-RB 003 being built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure and clad in carbon fibre bodywork sculpted for maximum aerodynamic effect. Honed by RBAT and featuring active aerodynamics and morphing aero surfaces, the AM-RB 003 will deliver outstanding levels of downforce in a road-legal car package. The technology transfer continues with active suspension and electronic systems that share a common philosophy with Aston Martin Valkyrie, delivering a chassis blessed with next-level precision, control and driver connection.
Working closely with RBAT, the responsibility for creating the optimum dynamic set-up for AM-RB 003 falls to Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Matt Becker and Aston Martin Expert High Performance Test Driver, Chris Goodwin. Currently immersed in the ongoing development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie – initially using RBAT’s world-leading simulator before the first running prototypes are completed – Becker and Goodwin’s renowned feel and unrivalled expertise will ensure continuity between both Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 projects, providing the Advanced Operations team, led by Chief Engineer Fraser Dunn, with invaluable information to create a car with its own unique character and dynamic fingerprint.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President & Group CEO, said: “When Aston Martin secured the services of Red Bull Advanced Technologies to embark on the extraordinary journey that became Aston Martin Valkyrie and Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, it was always my hope that it would lead to a long-term collaboration. As these projects enter an incredibly exciting phase with the commissioning of the first running development prototypes, it gives me tremendous satisfaction to confirm that this exceptional partnership is continuing with the AM-RB 003 – a hypercar that not only draws from the ethos and DNA of Aston Martin Valkyrie, but will in turn influence Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar”.
Vanquish Vision Concept Press Release:
- Vanquish Vision Concept previews design language of Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar
- Fourth model in Aston Martin’s mid-engined series following Aston Martin Valkyrie, Valkyrie AMR Pro and AM-RB 003
- Propels Aston Martin into mid-engined sector, previously defined by key competitors
- Tech highlights include bespoke bonded aluminium structure and new V6 Engine
- Scheduled to enter production in 2022
- Visit Aston Martin’s stand – Hall 2, stand #2229
5 March 2019, Geneva, Switzerland: In an unprecedented show of force, Aston Martin has chosen the 89th Geneva Motor Show to complete a trio of world debuts with the first glimpse of the breathtaking Vanquish Vision Concept.
A tantalizing preview of Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar, the Vanquish Vision Concept showcases the design language of the marque’s most ambitious model, taking centre stage today alongside AM-RB 003 – the marque’s third mid-engined hypercar – and the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept.
Reviving an iconic nameplate traditionally reserved for Aston Martin’s flagship production model, the advanced design study provides further evidence of the proudly British brand’s intent to compete in one of the most hotly contested market sectors in the automotive world – one traditionally defined by Italian supercar makers – with this Gaydon built offering.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, said: “Firstly, what a pleasure to revive the Vanquish name. Synonymous with our series production flagships, it felt entirely appropriate to attach it to such a significant car. The Vanquish Vision Concept marks another pivotal moment in Aston Martin’s history, and another critical step in delivering the Second Century Plan. Our first series production rear mid-engined supercar will be a transformational moment for the brand, for it is the car that will propel Aston Martin into a sector of the market traditionally seen as the heartland of luxury sports cars.”
Like AM-RB 003, the Vanquish Vision Concept benefits from further crystallisation of the philosophy pioneered in the Aston Martin Valkyrie and distilled into AM-RB 003, with the pursuit of weight, packaging and aerodynamic efficiency informing every aspect of the design and engineering.
Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin Director of Design said: “The Vanquish Vision Concept has a more seductive and less technical appearance than Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003, but it’s still extreme in terms of visual gestures. For example, it has a very distinctive clamshell front fender, with openings so you can see through onto the tyre. There’s less of the negative space that defines the look of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003. It’s a prettier car, and purposely so, as it’s been designed to thrive in a less extreme performance envelope. But, while being very much at home on the road, it will still be equally capable when chasing lap times on a race track. As a result, it’s less provocative and more classical in its look. Its beauty comes from a shift in emphasis from the aggressive, function driven surfaces of Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 to more flowing and sensuous forms, while retaining a resolute athleticism and modernity: critical qualities in expressing the distinct character and capabilities of what will be Aston Martin’s first mid-engined series production supercar.”
Detailed technical information will be revealed as the development programme advances, but two items of high level information can be disclosed; the first being confirmation the production version of Vanquish Vision Concept will feature a version of Aston Martin’s new V6: the engine that will make its debut in AM-RB 003 in hybrid turbo form.
Secondly, in a departure from the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003’s all-carbon fibre construction, the Vanquish Vision Concept features a bespoke bonded aluminium chassis, developed under the guidance of mid-engined specialist and Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj. As established automotive world leaders in bonded aluminium structures, Aston Martin is perfectly placed to demonstrate the cost, speed of production and weight vs strength advantages of this technology.
As with all Aston Martin products, the Vanquish Vision Concept will undergo a rigorous development process as it nears its final production specification, utilising the experience of handling gurus Matt Becker and Chris Goodwin.
Max Szwaj, Chief Technical Officer, said: “The Vanquish Vision Concept is the point when the things we have learned during the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 programmes reach the series production models. Creating a car like this for Aston Martin is a challenge I have relished since joining back in 2017. Although it takes Aston Martin into new territory, it does so with the benefit of hard-won knowledge, ground-breaking ideas and an uncompromising mindset. The full engineering story of this car is yet to be told, but what you see here should tell you this car will not only compete at the highest level, but it will do so in a manner and style unique to Aston Martin.”
The 89th Geneva Motor Show opens to media and VIPs on March 5th. Public days are March 7th to 17th. Join us in Hall 2, Stand #2229, or experience the show via Aston Martin’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.