When they weren’t waxing messianic about their Valkyrie concept, Aston Martin revealed their more modest everyman’s streetcar, the AM-RB 003, which up until last month was simply known as ‘Project 003.’ By the way, projects 001 and 002 became the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, respectively. Distinguished company all the way around, with Fleming-esque classifications to give ’em all a little confidential cachet.
So Aston’s hypercar project 001 has evolved into a series. And this latest entry in the mercurial-looking lineup features next-decade street-legal production supercar lines, and a low-slung design. The rear wing has the NASA seal of approval, drawing from aerospace tech to produce a uniquely delicate design; Aston calls it FlexFoil, and it alters downforce without changing the planar angle.
As with all these new members of the Aston family, the AM-RB 003 is most concerned with aero and fuel efficiency. It’s not as radically F1 as the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro, especially from the front end. Like the Vanquish Vision, it’s powered by a hybrid powertrain anchored by a twin-turbo V6. Most interesting is the fact that the engine will be made by Aston, allowing the company to return to its roots and build from the ground all the way up.
The AM-RB 003’s cabin strikes a lilting balance between track car, and track-oriented street car appeal, so it looks just the thing for a serious hobbyist to take out for a weekend jaunt on a quiet mountain road, or a professional race; for the latter option, it features the 90-second Nexcel oil change system.