Aston Martin Dominates Geneva With Valkyrie And Three New Concept Cars
Aston Martin has put on the most impressive display at the Geneva International Motor Show with a surprise reveal of the new Vanquish Vision Concept, designed as a competitor to the Ferrari F8 Tributo, along with AM-RB 003—the marque’s third mid-engined hypercar—and the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept. Alongside those was the development prototype of the Valkyrie and a mock-up of the Valkyrie AMR Pro track car (in yellow, below). The 003 (white, below) is described as the “son of Valkyrie”, with its carbon fiber monocoque and V6 engine, and the Vanquish Vision Concept as the “cousin of Valkyrie”, also V6-powered but with a bonded aluminium chassis,, and more affordable pricing point. It will become Aston Martin’s first ever series-production mid-engined supercar.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO, said: “Firstly, what a pleasure to revive the Vanquish [shown below] name. Synonymous with our series production flagships, it felt entirely appropriate to attach it to such a significant car. The Vanquish Vision Concept marks another pivotal moment in Aston Martin’s history, and another critical step in delivering the Second Century Plan. Our first series production rear mid-engined supercar will be a transformational moment for the brand, for it is the car that will propel Aston Martin into a sector of the market traditionally seen as the heartland of luxury sports cars.”
Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin director of design said: “The Vanquish Vision Concept has a more seductive and less technical appearance than Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003, but it’s still extreme in terms of visual gestures. For example, it has a very distinctive clamshell front fender, with openings so you can see through onto the tyre. There’s less of the negative space that defines the look of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003. It’s a prettier car, and purposely so, as it’s been designed to thrive in a less extreme performance envelope. But, while being very much at home on the road, it will still be equally capable when chasing lap times on a race track. As a result, it’s less provocative and more classical in its look. Its beauty comes from a shift in emphasis from the aggressive, function driven surfaces of Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 to more flowing and sensuous forms, while retaining a resolute athleticism and modernity: critical qualities in expressing the distinct character and capabilities of what will be Aston Martin’s first mid-engined series production supercar.”
Max Szwaj, Chief Technical Officer, said: “The Vanquish Vision Concept is the point when the things we have learned during the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 programmes reach the series production models. Creating a car like this for Aston Martin is a challenge I have relished since joining back in 2017. Although it takes Aston Martin into new territory, it does so with the benefit of hard-won knowledge, ground-breaking ideas and an uncompromising mindset. The full engineering story of this car is yet to be told, but what you see here should tell you this car will not only compete at the highest level, but it will do so in a manner and style unique to Aston Martin.”
Images courtesy of Aston Martin Lagonda