Last week, Aston Martin announced that it would bring out a new hybrid hypercar after it finishes building the upcoming Valkyrie. Not many details on this car, code-named Project 003, were released, but Aston Martin CEO gave a little nugget to UK magazine Auto Express. Project 003 will get a new turbocharged V6 developed in-house by Aston Martin, and there's good reason to expect this engine in other cars, too.
In Project 003, Palmer said this V6 will be paired with an F1-style kinetic energy-recovery system (KERS), which captures heat energy created by braking and turns it into electricity to power an electric motor. The Valkyrie will use a KERS system, too, but it'll be paired with a naturally aspirated V12 built by Cosworth.
Palmer hinted to Auto Express that this V6 isn't too far removed from the company's new 5.2-liter V12. "We’re demonstrating that in that V12 arena we have mastery, so V12 and V6 is obviously closely related," he said.
Building a V6 based on a V12 isn't too difficult—you essentially just halve everything. It's also worth noting that Aston's current V12 uses a 60-degree cylinder bank, which is the ideal angle for a V6. And fun fact: Aston's old 5.9-liter naturally aspirated V12 started life as two Ford Duratec V6s joined together in a common block.
So, while we'll definitely see this V6 in Project 003 when it arrives in 2021, we think it'll make an appearance sooner in Aston's upcoming Ferrari 488-rival. A few months ago, Palmer told us this mid-engine supercar would get a bespoke engine, and we think it's this V6, since Aston's current V8 is a Mercedes-AMG unit and a V12 wouldn't likely fit.
Aston Martin's DBX SUV will arrive next year, which means we'll most likely see the mid-engine car in 2020. Perhaps it'll pack V6 power, too.