Aston Martin Working On McLaren P1 Rival, Set For 2021

Aston Martin has been secretly working on a new mid-engined hypercar in collaboration with RedBull F1, aiming to compete with the replacements of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari.

The project is internally known as the “brother of Valkyrie”, with Aston Martin aiming to set the benchmark for hypercars in the $1.5million price bracket once it arrives in around 2021.

Ferrari and McLaren launched their halo cars in 2013 and they are expected to present their replacements after Aston Martin launches “Valkyrie’s brother”.

The car’s existence was confirmed to Autocar by none other than Aston Martin’s boss Andy Palmer. “It’s correct – we have more than one mid-engined project underway – more than two, if you count the Valkyrie. This new project will draw on all the know-how we’ve taken from the Valkyrie, as well as some of its visual identity and engineering capability, and bring it to a new sector of the market.”

Aston Martin is also developing a mid-engined supercar to rival the likes of the Ferrari 488 when it hits the market in 2021 but it’s not clear yet if the two models will share anything beyond the basic layout. Both cars will most likely use a new chassis in the form of a carbon monocoque.

The new mid-engined hypercar also means that Aston Martin and Red Bull F1 will probably continue their relationship on numerous road car projects. “We are laying down some pretty deep roots with Red Bull,” said Palmer. “It is a base that will be known as our Performance Design and Engineering Centre and that gives the perfect clue as to the kind of projects that will be developed there. Perhaps the biggest indications of our intentions are that our office is next door to Adrian’s.”

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  • Jan Mleziva

    Cool. The only problem is that by 2021, the P1 will be 7 years old. No one is building Ferrari 599 GTO rival today either.

    • Shahul Usman

      yea thats what i was thinking.. maybe the BP23 then??

    • The title suggest P1 but the news article mentioned “replacements of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari.”

      So yeah I don’t know who sould responsible.

    • Bo Hanan

      The headline is wrong. In the article its says they are building a rival to the P1 and La Ferrari replacements.

  • This is surprising news, I thought only the 720S/488 mid engined rival that comes out but now we got cars between those and Valkyrie. What a niche to fill.

  • Agu.55

    So, Aston Martin-Red Bull could only be a road cars project, Honda could be the next PU for Red Bull F1 ….. Nice !!

    • Are you suggesting Honda/Aston Martin tie up? unlikely those two company had little to offer for each other.

      Red Bull is independently pursuing relationship with Aston because of Andy Palmer, he is the one that pursuing Renualt Nissan to sponsored them (in form of Infiniti) and now he brings Aston Martin to the team.

      Valkyrie is a pet project to keep Adrian Newey stays in Red Bull, but they don’t have the necessary knowledge in certain area like homologation that is why they turn to Aston Martin.

      • Agu.55

        I mean, Red Bull-Aston will produce supercars, but Honda is for RB F1 project …… it is just a bussines purpose, just as their plan to use AMG-based engine for the next AM supercar (F488 rival), eventhough Merc & RB are strong competitor in F1

        • Oh right, but just some advice, we were talking about Aston raodcar, when you mentioned Honda people can assume that you were suggesting collaboration between those two.

          And yeah Merc connection is stronger with AM because Daimler hold 5% stake of AML. And the deal with RB is merely a branding, as AML did not provide any technical partnership for Red Bull F1 team (unless the rumors about AML become F1 engine supplier is true.)

          • Agu.55

            There are 2 issues, AM-RB F1 for 2022 or Honda-RB post Renault engine 2018 (Renault gave RB “deadline” until May 2018 to decide the PU), considering what Honda achieve in pre-season test with ToroRosso, it is possible that Horner will choose Asian powerunit 🙂

            I am here talking about RBT here, so we cannot ignore AM nor Honda, in fact, Adrian Newey still involve in both projects

          • My bet is on Honda, AML did not have enough engineering based to actually designed the engine but rumormills said they will collaborate with other company, of course the name that comes up is Cosworth, were they has giving signal and also being the participant on the F1 engine working group last year.

            Honda engine has performed well indeed, and we just need to see how their reliability stacked up for next season.

  • Vassilis

    Aston seems to be going places. Cool.

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