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2021 Aston Martin Project 003 blends hypercar performance with usability

by Ronan Glon

Production is limited to 500 units.

Aston Martin confirmed it's working on a mid-engined hypercar named Project 003 internally. The company released preliminary details ahead of the model's unveiling, which could take place at the 2019 Geneva auto show.

Project 003 -- a name that won't reach production -- benefits from technology that has trickled down from the Valkyrie, according to the British company. It's being engineered to deliver what Aston calls "class-leading dynamics on both road and tack." To that end, it boasts a lightweight structure, active aerodynamic add-ons, and an active suspension.

Power comes from a hybrid powertrain built around a turbocharged, gasoline-burning engine. Additional specifications haven't been released yet. It sounds seriously quick, but Aston Martin didn't neglect usability. It promises its engineers carved out space for luggage in 003, and developed the model with road use in mind. That's impressive; hypercars are normally better known for horsepower than cubic feet of trunk space, and cramming a hybrid powertrain in one is easier said than done due to space constraints.

Aston Martin will cap production of Project 003 at 500 units to maintain a high degree of exclusivity. The car is road-legal in all major markets, and it will be available in both right- and left-hand drive forms. The first deliveries are scheduled for 2021. Pricing information hasn't been released yet, but we suggest acting fast if you want one. Aston surely won't have a difficult time allocating the available build slots.

While nothing is official yet, we expect to learn more about Project 003 -- including its real name -- during the 2019 Geneva auto show that opens its doors on March 5. We could even see the car as a close-to-production prototype.

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