At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin launched the AM-RB 003 hypercar which uses 3D printing for interior parts and will be put into production in 2021.
The hypercar has McLaren P1-aping performance levels but bridges the gap between Aston Martin’s Valkyrie and Vanquish models. Design boss Marek Reichman said of the AM-RB 003: “If Valkyrie is the best of the best, then the 003 is the best at £1m.”
The hypercar will be put into production in 2021 and 3D printing will be used to create parts within its interior. This includes a centre console which was designed to weigh half of what a traditionally manufactured part would.
The 3D printed interior is also predominantly built around the driver. However, the exterior of the car will be built around carbonfibre architecture and bodywork. Reichman adds: “It will have the same principles as the Valkyrie with its all-carbonfibre tub but will be more usable.”
It will also use Aston Martin’s new twin-turbo V6 engine and a hybrid system. Currently, the car on display is only a concept but the company claims it is 90% representative of the final model which will be produced in two years.
This hypercar with 3D printed interiors is a way for the company to bridge the gap in its mid-engined cars. “The aerodynamics and tub construction filter down from the Valkyrie to this, and then the new V6 powertrain will go down to the Vanquish… The Valkyrie is the fastest production car ever and now we’ve created a son of it that’s a halo car above everyone else’s range, like the P1, LaFerrari, and Senna.”
The hypercar will also make use of aerospace and aerodynamic morphing technology. This includes an airfoil called FlexFoil which alters downforce without changing the angle. It should eliminate turbulence and drag as well as reducing wind noise and improving aero performance.
The company has worked on creating the perfect alignment between the steering wheel, pedals and driver seat. All controls are at the driver’s eye-line and there is even a small screen on the steering column which provides “infotainment”.
So far, the company hasn’t given any stats other than engine configuration for the hypercar. But, as the company is focused on reducing weight, it is unsurprising that 3D printing has been used throughout the interior.
The AM-RB 003 is still being developed and this work is taking place in Milton Keynes, UK, at the Red Bull Advanced Technologies campus where Aston Martin has a team of 130 people.
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