Aston Martin has been on a roll lately, selling out its ultra-cool Valkyrie hypercar and continuing development of another mid-engine sports car designed to compete with the Ferrari 488 GTB. Now, it looks like Aston Martin has yet another mid-engine project up its sleeve.
CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to the company is designing a third mid-engine hypercar with the help of Red Bull. The car will take development lessons learned from the Valkyrie, as well as new engineering techniques, taking aim at the hypercar segment occupied by cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, and McLaren P1.
Palmer didn't reveal any specs for the the upcoming hypercar, but Autocar speculates it'll use a carbon fiber monocoque, and a Mercedes-AMG sourced V8 engine. This makes sense considering the existing partnership between the two companies, but doesn't jive with what Palmer told us in a recent interview:
If you think about a mid-engine car, the heart of that car is in the company, so normally you want to be able have fairly close definition over the engineering. Whether you ultimately source bits of it from a third party or keep it all in-house, that's to be determined. But the way I think I would define it, you need to have a lot of autonomy in terms of what you can do with the engine.
Of course, things could change and it could be an AMG V8, but we wouldn't be shocked to see an Aston-designed engine back there. The company's 488 rival is set to hit the market around 2021, so expect this new car to come sometime after that.