RE: Aston Martin AM-RB 003: Geneva 2019

RE: Aston Martin AM-RB 003: Geneva 2019

Tuesday 5th March

Aston Martin AM-RB 003: Geneva 2019

First look at Aston's third hypercar, which boasts Red Bull input, NASA-validated aero tech and a hybrid V6



It's hard to imagine, really, that not that long ago - in this decade, no less - an Aston Martin stand at Geneva would have featured a Vantage, a DB9, a Rapide and, er, not much else. How times change. For this year's show Gaydon has pulled out all the stops, revealing a Vanquish Vision Concept, a second Lagonda concept and this, the AM-RB 003.

Described by Aston Martin as "both evolutionary and revolutionary", the AM-RB 003 "will incorporate concepts and technologies taken directly from F1 and applied to the epoch-making Aston Martin Valkyrie, providing it with performance to meet and surpass the performance demands of existing top-end hyper car rivals." So while Red Bull Advanced Technology is involved in the engineering once more, and there's clearly no doubting the potential, the 003 is designed as a more accommodating hypercar than the Valkyrie; the interior is larger, the doors make getting in and out simpler, the centre console is wider, there's luggage space behind the seats and - get this - "stowage areas for oddments such as a wallet or mobile phone." Swanky.


Still, as can be seen from these interior pics, the AM-RB 003 is clearly an uncompromising machine, those concessions to usability not coming at the expense of driver focus. A philosophy called 'Apex Ergonomics' aims to create a "uniquely stimulating, dynamic... driving environment." The screen mounted on the steering column provides information through a smartphone (and aids the view out), the centre console is 3D-printed to save weight and that centre band between windscreen and dash also deals with ventilation, audio and ambient lighting. Another new Aston phrase to get used to is 'Space Craft'; employed for the first time in the 003, Aston describes it as '"space-age technology and traditional craft". And if this interior preview is anything to go by, it's going to be truly spectacular.

With few powertrain details yet known - beyond the fact that it will use a new hybrid turbo V6 engine, and that oil changes can take less than 90 seconds - the car's aerodynamics are the focus for now. Again on the space theme, the AM RB-003 uses 'Flexfoil', a NASA-validated material developed by FlexSys Inc, on the rear wing, to allow for changes in downforce without altering the physical angle of the wing itself. Aston says it creates a "a seamless design with high performance, improved efficiency and reduced wind noise"; in conjunction with the rear diffuser and underfloor work, expect a peak downforce figure in the hundreds of kilos. We're told a production car will allow for "even larger leading and trailing edge deflections."


The design is pitched as intentionally mimicking the Valkyrie, a distillation and not a dilution according to the press release. It's said that the aero demands dictate a similar silhouette, with the light graphics front and rear helping to identify the 003 from its 1,176hp stablemates. What do you think? The Valkyrie association is clear, though particularly from the rear the 003 is unlikely to be mistaken for anything else.

That said, Andy Palmer has mentioned in his comments that the 003 "will in turn influence Aston Martin's first series production mid-engined supercar." Which you can read about here. Busy, busy times ahead for Aston Martin then, which is seemingly the new normal at Gaydon nowadays - more information as we get it.







 





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aazer89

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296 posts

85 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Errrrm.... hmmmm not sure on this

rare6499

245 posts

80 months

Tuesday 5th March
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I can’t keep up. One thing I will say though, it’s fantastic to see Aston Martin in this position after decades of struggle.

Vee12V

782 posts

101 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Doesn't look half too bad. They lost me at twin turbo V6 though.

redroadster

884 posts

173 months

Tuesday 5th March
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How to out McLaren hire Adrian .

fernando the frog

172 posts

9 months

Tuesday 5th March
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looks like a car you'd see on grand theft auto biggrin
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aazer89

Original Poster:

296 posts

85 months

Tuesday 5th March
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fernando the frog said:
looks like a car you'd see on grand theft auto biggrin
Haha yes!


RumbleOfThunder

2,696 posts

144 months

Tuesday 5th March
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So thrilled with what's happening at Aston.

GranCab

1,453 posts

87 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Looks like a desperate attempt (using CGI) to bolster AML's plummeting Share Price ....






LaurasOtherHalf

14,814 posts

137 months

Tuesday 5th March
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I think it looks amazing.

DooM_II

82 posts

73 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Did they conduct a customer survey with those headlights ? Ruining the Valkyrie's design and now this.
Shame as it's kind of appealing.

Maldini35

2,001 posts

129 months

Tuesday 5th March
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The styling of the Valkyrie makes sense on a full blown aero track focussed car but some of the design elements borrowed from it don’t translate so well to this and the Vanquish concept - especially the profiles. The rear looks great though.

But hey - all subjective and this is PH so I’m sure plenty will disagree biggrin

CrunkleFloop

228 posts

186 months

Tuesday 5th March
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A bearded gentleman from BLMC called and would like their steering wheel back please.

NGK210

717 posts

86 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Oooooo, yes please.
Dimensions? I hope it’s not so wide that driving on UK B-roads induces endless sphincter-twitching and a puddle of sweat in the driver’s seat.
Not keen on the Werther’s Original-coloured steering wheel, mind; black for me, please. Ta.

cookie1600

1,129 posts

102 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Vee12V said:
Doesn't look half too bad. They lost me at twin turbo V6 though.
Did you feel the same about the Jaguar XJ220?

CrunkleFloop said:
A bearded gentleman from BLMC called and would like their steering wheel back please.
But not in dog-poop brown

indapendentlee

284 posts

40 months

Tuesday 5th March
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I feel like if I hadn't seen the Valkyrie, this and the Vanquish concept would both look other worldly, as it is there's a bit of a Russian doll effect and it seems the glasshouse gets squeezed in profile, first on this but then on the Vanquish.

smilo996

1,492 posts

111 months

Tuesday 5th March
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So the opposite strategy to McLaren.
Make the halo car then add a minime version. Why not. Looks alright, except the Allegro steering wheel.
When they say Red Bull input, presumamably then mean Mr Newey.

Puddenchucker

2,850 posts

159 months

Tuesday 5th March
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For a hypercar it all looks, well, a bit bland. Both inside and out, but the colour scheme of the car in the renderings probably doesn't help.

BVB

613 posts

94 months

Tuesday 5th March
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They should have called it the AM Duckbill, or Platypus.

Composite Guru

1,794 posts

144 months

Tuesday 5th March
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smilo996 said:
So the opposite strategy to McLaren.
Make the halo car then add a minime version. Why not. Looks alright, except the Allegro steering wheel.
When they say Red Bull input, presumamably then mean Mr Newey.
I'm sure that means Red Bull Technology. The company behind the design of the Valkyrie, not just AN.

MDL111

3,451 posts

118 months

Tuesday 5th March
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I think my heartrate would be higher than 72 if I was sitting in it / driving it