Aston Martin is known for handsome two-door coupes driven by the likes of James Bond. The storied English brand also has a history, albeit more recent, of building insane cars that surge past sports and supercars into the realm of hypercar.
The next Aston to reach that pinnacle is called the AM-RB 003. Despite its lackluster name, which stands for Aston Martin Red Bull (Aston and Red Bull are Formula 1 racing partners) the third, it is quite an insane thing. Let me explain.
First of all, unlike most cars, the AM-RB 003’s engine is mounted in the middle of the car. This engine is a new turbocharged V6 gasoline engine, which is mounted to a Formula 1-style eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. This combo routes power to the rear wheels.
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Up front, however, the AM-RB 003 features an electric motor, which will power the front wheels. This makes it an all-wheel drive hybrid. With the electric motor and the turbocharged V6 onboard, the car is rated at 1,000 horsepower. According to a report from Car Scoops, the AM-RB 003 will be capable of doing 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 220 mph.
More than a heap of hybrid power, the car’s incredible acceleration figures are partially attributable to the carbon fiber chassis and carbon fiber body panels, which make the car very light. What’s more, as you can tell from the images, it’s pretty low-slung and sleek, too.
For the privilege to own the third mid-engine Aston Martin, of which only 500 will ever be built, buyers will need to be quite rich. Prices start at $1.1 million. And U.S. buyers will need to put down a $300,000 deposit just to get in line.