Aston Martin is building a new mid-engine supercar that will take on rivals from McLaren, Lamborghini and Ferrari.
Rumors that Aston Martin is working on a performance car with its engine mounted midship have been swirling for quite some time, but they recently took on new life after company CEO Andy Palmer shared some more info on the new performance offering. Like the Valkyrie hypercar, the mid-engine Aston will benefit greatly from the automaker’s technical partnership with the Red Bull Racing F1 team, he said. The Valkyrie is mostly being engineered by Aston Martin themselves, but Red Bull aerodynamics maestro Adrian Newey and his team helped pen the aerodynamics. The team’s influence on the mainstream mid-engine model would be similar, Palmer explained.
“The Valkyrie is the most extreme model,” Palmer told Car & Driver. “The track-ready version has to sit very much in the collaboration with Formula 1. But as you move closer to a core vehicle, then obviously [there is] more influence from the road-car side. There will be Red Bull involvement in that car, of course, but the engineering lead will fall to the guys here. They will be consulting particularly around things like aerodynamics, where they obviously have huge expertise.”
Red Bull will handle the aero side of things, but that means Aston needs to find a powertrain for their new mid-engine model. Palmer said the automaker doesn’t currently have an engine “that’s capable of giving us the output we require,” so it sounds as though the mid-engine model won’t use an engine from its current range. Palmer said that whether they build the engine themselves or leverage their powertrain partnership with AMG it will “have to find an answer.”
There are plenty of new Aston Martin models that will arrive before the unnamed new mid-engine model does, though. The current Vantage and Vanquish will soon be replaced, and it’s also working intently on bringing its first-ever crossover to market, the DBX, by 2019. Don’t forget the 1,000+ horsepower Valkyrie, either, which is also due in 2019.
[Source: Car & Driver]