Aston Martin Unveils Mid-Engined Concepts

Aston Martin has unveiled the Vanquish Vision Concept and the AM-RB 003 Hypercar concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Vanquish Vision Concept is, the company says, a design study that highlights the brand’s intent to compete in one of the most hotly contested market sectors – one traditionally defined by Italian supercar makers.

“The Vanquish Vision Concept marks another pivotal moment in Aston Martin’s history, and another critical step in delivering the Second Century Plan,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO. “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.”

The company says that detailed technical information will be revealed as the development program advances but does say the production version will feature a version of Aston Martin’s new V6 – the engine that will make its debut in the 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 bonded aluminium chassis.

The AM-RB 003 will be built with input from Red Bull Advanced Technologies and incorporate concepts and technologies taken directly from Formula One. Just 500 units are to be built.

Sharing styling and aerodynamic cues with Aston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar, the AM-RB 003 features a pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser, with the underfloor generating the bulk of the downforce. However, Aston Martin says the AM-RB 003 will also benefit from next-generation aircraft morphing technology, to create a variable airfoil across the entire rear wing. The

technology, named FlexFoil, allows for the car’s downforce to be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire element.

Full technical details of the AM-RB 003 are yet to be revealed, but it will be the first car to receive Aston Martin’s new hybrid turbo V6 engine. It will also feature the Nexcel sealed oil system – a system that allows for oil changes in under 90-seconds and the refinement and reuse of the car’s engine oil. Its use on the Aston Martin AM-RB 003 will the first for a road-going car worldwide.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (April 2019 Edition)

5 Apr 2019

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