Aston Martin’s next hypercar, due in 2021, will pack a hybrid powertrain punch

Aston Martin Project 003 teaser

Aston Martin is developing a new hypercar that will launch in 2021, with a production run limited to 500 units. For now, the car is known only as Project 003, as it’s the third hypercar in the works from Aston, following the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro twins that are currently in development in partnership with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

Aston did not reveal many details of the Project 003, which will likely get a real name before it goes into production. The car “will be built around a lightweight structure” and will use a turbocharged hybrid powertrain, a press release from the British automaker said. Aston also promised active aerodynamics with “outstanding levels of downforce” and an active suspension system.

That makes the Project 003 sound a bit like the Valkyrie. Expected to cost somewhere around $3.2 million, the Valkyrie is the brainchild of Adrian Newey, the legendary designer who helped Red Bull Racing win four F1 championships in a row. The Valkyrie was designed to have the aerodynamic qualities of a race car and will have a hybrid powertrain based around a bespoke V12 engine. The standard Valkyrie will be road legal, while the Valkyrie AMR Pro will be for racetracks only.

The Project 003 will be sold only in the road-legal guise and will have more concessions to everyday practicality, according to Aston. So the Project 003 may be to the Valkyrie what the McLaren Speedtail is to the McLaren Senna. The new car will also set a precedent for future Aston models.

“It was always the intention for the Aston Martin Valkyrie to be a once-in-a-lifetime project, however, it was also vital to us that Valkyrie would create a legacy,” Aston CEO Andy Palmer said in a statement. The Project 003 will start “a bloodline of highly specialized, limited production machines that can exist in parallel with Aston Martin’s series production models,” Palmer said.

A new hypercar will also maintain the prestige of the Aston Martin brand as the automaker looks to grow sales volumes with its first SUV. Aston is also planning to sell electric cars and to revive the dormant Lagonda brand. So it should be a busy few years for the company.

Cars

Fisker plans sub-$40,000 electric SUV with 300 miles of range for 2021

Fisker Inc. plans to launch an electric SUV with a base price of under $40,000, and a range of around 300 miles in 2021. The unnamed vehicle could compete with the Tesla Model Y, if it ever gets into production.
Cars

Karma Automotive continues clawing back from the brink with three new cars

Karma Automotive will bring three new cars to the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, including a long overdue redesigned version of its Revero plug-in hybrid and an all-electric concept car.
Cars

James Bond may ditch his V12 Aston Martin for electric power, report says

James Bond may take the wheel of an electric car in the next 007 movie, reports British newspaper The Sun. The car in question would be the Aston Martin Rapide E, the British automaker's first all-electric model.
Cars

Nissan uses 5G to test tech that lets motorists summon in-car 3D avatars

At CES 2019, Nissan demonstrated technology meant to merge the real world with a virtual one called the Metaverse. The automaker believes future cars could use this invisible-to-visible tech to provide drivers with relevant info.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: The Tesla Model Y takes on the Tesla Model 3

Tesla expanded its lineup with a fourth car named Model Y. It's an electric crossover positioned as a more spacious alternative to the Model 3. The two cars share about 75 percent of their components, but they're aimed at different buyers.
Cars

Can electric cars be S3XY? Tesla says yes with the new Model Y crossover

Tesla introduced a crossover named Model Y at its design studio in Los Angeles. It's a more spacious alternative to the Model 3 it shares 75 percent of its parts with, and is a smaller sibling to the Model X.
Cars

Automakers are spending billions on self-driving technology people are afraid of

Automakers are spending billions of dollars on developing the technology that will power self-driving cars, but research shows consumers have no interest in giving up control. Will they ever recoup their investment?
Cars

Adventurous and electric, Porsche’s second station wagon will arrive in 2020

The Mission E Cross Turismo concept Porsche unveiled during the 2018 Geneva Auto Show will morph into a production model tentatively named Taycan Cross Turismo. This 600-horsepower electric station wagon will arrive in showrooms by 2021.
Cars

Mustang-like and electrified. What did Ford just show a preview of?

Ford posted an enigmatic picture of a blue Mustang emblem on a black background right as Tesla prepared to introduce the Model Y. Is the Blue Oval teasing a hybrid Mustang, or is it previewing a Mustang-inspired, battery-powered crossover?
Cars

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-charging station installs

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles. Customers planning to purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can check out recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations and arrange installation in their homes.
Cars

Unrestrained by heritage, Polestar sets its sights on becoming a digital brand

With no heritage to worry about, Polestar is free to move full-speed ahead towards its goal of becoming a digital brand. All of the company's upcoming models will be electric, and they will inaugurate an Android-powered infotainment system.
Cars

Audi’s traffic light information system shows the challenges facing V2X tech

Audi’s traffic light information system is among the first commercial applications of potentially game-changing V2X tech. So how does it work in the real world? We spent a few days getting stuck at red lights to find out.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

Tesla gives us a cryptic look at its cyberpunk, Blade Runner-inspired pickup

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself. It could make its debut in 2019.