Aston Martin had their hands full at the Geneva Motor Show, relatively speaking, as they brought brought several new concepts and near-ready prototypes to showcase, including an all-electric luxury crossover under the ultra premium Lagonda brand.
But we’re here instead to talk about the AM-RB003, but specifically about the Vanquish Vision Concept that project spawned - a mid-engine hypercar that continues the spirit set forth by Aston Martin Valkyrie (preceded by the AM-RB 001) and their partners Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
With the project coined AM-RB, the 003 was designed and developed with the F1 team’s technical arm and obviously carries some very similar genetics. The Vanquish Vision is the more finalised version of this new hypercar prototype, and by its name suggests that this is how the British marque sees the previous flagship name carries on.
Should this indeed be the precursor to the next Vanquish, as they suggest that it will following the confirmation that this will become Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engine supercar, the company will start to compete directly with class veterans Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren.
The Vanquish Vision, then, is a hugely important car for Aston Martin and their future due to them no longer being a somewhat niche manufacturer of a gentlemen’s GT, some racier and more aggressive than others. They’ve certain swung hard here.
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.”
Many of the active aerodynamic innovations applied to the Valkyrie have returned here, but equally it is not weighed down by its pursuit for ultimate performance, and thusly the car, even in concept form, is obviously much more refined for road use. It could almost be a daily driver, if you were so inclined.
As expected from its Formula 1 partners, motorsport-derived tech is used here with regard to the hybrid system to supplement the internal combustion engine. Here, the brief called for something much less stratospherically costly to be used, so in lieu of the Cosworth naturally aspirated V12 capable of 865kW at 11,000rpm, we instead find Aston Martin’s first V6.
Technical information is still a kept secret at this point, so we have no idea if this unit is derived from their 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, though it’s likely. Speak of which, it will also be a bi-turbo unit and possibly even featuring an electric compressor to eliminate turbo lag.
To keep weight at bay, the car will employ a carbon fibre monocoque and a bonded aluminium chassis. Presumably, all of the sheet metal will be finely machined aluminium as well. However, this being what could be Aston Martin’s new series flagship, we expect the interior to be thoroughly luxurious in keeping with the spirit of a British grand tourer.