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Aston Martin AM-RB 003 vs McLaren Senna – How Two Hypercars Measure Up
We compare these rival hypercars, but only hypothetically, as the Aston doesn't come out until 2021.
We compare specs on a pair of million-dollar cars, the McLaren Senna and a car tipped to be its rival, the Aston Martin AM-RB 003.
The AM-RB 003, which made its debut at the Geneva auto show earlier this month, was developed in part by the same person as the Senna: British racer Chris Goodwin.
Aston hasn't released a weight target for the 003, but we would be surprised if it could get close to the Senna's svelte figure.
Hypercar buyers have never had it so good. There's plenty of choice for those with the happy ability to spend around a million bucks on a car capable of pacing genuine race cars on track. Aston Martin's forthcoming entry in the segment is set to offer another compelling alternative. We've already told you about the AM-RB 003, which will be given a more traditional name before it goes on sale in 2021. We thought it would be interesting to look at it against the car that Aston's senior engineers cite as its principal benchmark rival, the McLaren Senna.
Of course, if you want a Senna but don't already have one, then it's already too late and you'll have to buy used. McLaren has already sold its full allocation of 500, despite a price of more than $960,000, and has built and delivered the bulk of these to owners. It has also just dropped images and details for the track-only GTR spinoff, but that one, too, has already sold out, despite a price of $1,200,000. Aston Martin says it plans to build 500 of the AM-RB 003, with price expected to be the equivalent of about $1,300,000 at current exchange rates. The good news is, it's not too late to get your name down for one; you can worry about how to afford it later on.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
This Chase Scene From Quantum of Solace Is Still Sublimely Awesome
When we asked you to name every single James Bond car ever, it did my heart good to see so many of you chime in to stick up for 2008's Quantum of Solace. Nearly every review I've seen of Skyfall so far has mentioned what a "dud" or a "disaster" its prequel was, and I don't think that criticism was fair at all.
Sure, Quantum isn't a perfect movie. Its story is kind of all over the place. But there are a lot of things to love about it too, like Daniel Craig's general lethality from start to finish, bad guys that were detestable in a real world sense, a great set piece with the burning hotel at the end, a satisfying conclusion to the events in Casino Royale, and Gemma Arterton as Ms. Fields.
But my favorite part of the movie comes within the first three minutes when we're treated to one of the better car chases in Bond movie history. It's short, it's intense, it's brutal, and it's a lot of fun to watch.
Our hero is driving an Aston Martin DBS with a throaty V12 engine, while the bad guy vehicle of choice is an Alfa Romeo 159 with a 3.2-liter V6. Under normal circumstances that isn't even remotely a fair fight, except here there are two Alfas, their drivers have assault rifles, and the chase takes place on a winding, two-lane roadway in heavy traffic. Do not try this at home, kiddos.
It's such a desperate, frenetic, obstacle-laden chase, and through it all the Aston gets tore the fuck up. (This shouldn't surprise anyone since Daniel Craig's James Bond goes through Astons like normal people go through cigarettes.) The moment about 50 seconds in where Bond loses a door, spins into a wall and narrowly misses an oncoming truck? I still get chills seeing that.
Plus, the scene is awesome because it's made pretty clear that this DB9 has three pedals and a stick. An automatic for 007? Please.
Eventually Bond manages to dispatch the last Alfa using his rifle, after which he drives into town and nonchalantly opens the trunk to reveal his cargo — a tied up Mr. White, one of the baddies from the previous movie. "It's time to get out," he says. BAD ASS.
007  movies  cars  action  video  aston  alfa 
6 days ago by rgl7194
James Bond Is Reportedly Driving the Electric Aston Martin Rapide and We Just Have to Accept It
It’s been over 10 years since the Aston Martin DBS engine note blew me away in the opening car chase to 2008's Quantum of Solace and I’ve never forgotten it, but the new Bond movie is reportedly going to be much different, with Bond driving the upcoming electric Aston Martin Rapide.
Starting with the DB5 in 1964's Goldfinger, Bond has had a very long, off-and-on working relationship with Aston Martin. Daniel Craig’s portrayal of the character has driven the DB5, DBS, and the DB10, which previewed the eventual production version of the new Vantage.
British tabloid The Sun now reports that Bond won’t be driving any of the new noisy Aston Martins, though. Here’s a snip from the report...
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6 days ago by rgl7194
Reports confirm James Bond is going electric | DriveTribe
J​ames Bond is perhaps one of the most loved, longest running movie franchises there is. As the world moves into an inevitable electric future, it’s only right that our beloved Bond does so too.
T​he upcoming film, that we now know has been given the working title of ‘Shatterhand’, will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga who is said to be ”an absolute treehugger”. It has also been said that the studio heads are pushing for the British spy to be a bit more eco-friendly.
I​n a recent interview a source told The Sun that the decision to give Bond an electric car in his movie was made by Fukunaga. To fans of the franchise this shouldn’t really come as a surprise, with characters like Q always coming up with new gadgets an electric car is the obvious next step as technology improves.
T​he car that will be used is said to be the limited edition Aston Martin Rapide E, the manufacturers first ever electric vehicle. It has been reported that only 155 will be built and they will cost a meaty £250,000 to purchase. In ‘Shatterhand’ the Rapide E is rumoured to play a big part in an ‘incredible action sequence‘.
cars  007  aston  electric  movies 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Game changers: How McLaren, Aston and Lambo are re-writing the supercar rules | DriveTribe
Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who has written for the likes of Motor1, Carfection and CNET.
Each week he will be taking a look at the biggest news in the car world, right here on DriveTribe.
There was a motor show on this week. Geneva usually sees the great and the good of the supercar world unzip their pants and grab a ruler, and this year seemed no different. Here’s what you should care about from there, and the wider world.
McLaren, not content with revealing a billion and seven new models before the end of the decade, has decided to make up new rules about what it means to be a Grand Tourer.
A good GT needs to have space for people and stuff, enough grunt to cross vast swathes of land in a matter of hours – and look the absolute nuts.
McLaren wants its new GT to add ‘a level of agility never experienced before in this segment’ as well. Basically: McLaren’s going to make a softer car for people who need to travel.
When Andy Palmer took over at Aston Martin the line up looked… identical. No bad thing, but it meant a prole in a Vantage could be mistaken for an Oligarch in a Vanquish, and that would not do.
So Palmer made it his mission to ensure his generation of Astons looked suitably stand-outy. The DB 11, Vantage, DBS, and Valkyrie are all easy to tell apart, but the cars unveiled at Geneva? Less so.
The Valkyrie, AM-RB 003, and Vanquish vision are all remarkably similar. Still, bet they’ll be ace to steer.
The winner of the pants/ruler competition at Geneva surely has to be Lamborghini (Bugatti gets an honourable mention for making an unattainable megacar, mind) and its Aventador SVJ Roadster. 760 horses, 6.5-litre N/A V12, just shy of £400k – and it actually looks good in metallic beige. Stellar stuff.
*I do no apologise for this clearly amazing pun
Sad tidings to round out this week’s news review. Alex Mills, better known as Viper007Bond, passed away this week after a battle with leukaemia.
The 34-year-old wasn’t just some bloke off the internet, but the mind behind the Final Gear Top Gear/Fifth Gear forum/fan/download site. Final Gear was kicking around before iPlayer, Netflix, and all that kinda stuff, and it meant fans from all over the world could watch their favourite car show easily. There are arguments that without Final Gear, and Alex, the three big names behind this very site wouldn’t be as famous as they are, such was its impact. Go well, friend, and thank you.
cars  drivetribe  mclaren  aston  lamborghini  RIP 
12 days ago by rgl7194
The New York City Bond Experience – The Suits of James Bond
This weekend I was a member of a New York City James Bond tour led by the renowned David Zaritsky of The Bond Experience, including a visit to SPYSCAPE to see the new DRIVEN: 007xSPYSCAPE as well special visits as to Turnbull & Asser, N.Peal and Tom Ford.
The tour started at the SPYSCAPE museum in Midtown Manhattan on the corner of 8th Avenue and W 55th Street, where the DRIVEN: 007xSPYSCAPE exhibition recently opened. This exhibit is focused on the history of the Aston Martin DB5 thoughout the Bond films from Goldfinger through Spectre. Eon Productions archivist Meg Simmonds, who was involved with curating this exhibit, gave us a tour of the exhibit to provide us with some additional background on how the car was used in the films as well as about how the exhibition was put together, but there is no shortage of information in the exhibit.
The beautifully curated exhibit breaks down the car’s gadgets and includes a model of the car blown-up in Skyfall. Sadly, there are no Bond clothes at the exhibit so you will need to wear your own, but it is a fascinating place to see quintessential Bond design and learn about the iconic car behind-the-scenes.
007  nyc  museum  spying  cars  aston 
12 days ago by rgl7194
The Coolest New Cars For 2019 – Forbes
Though sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks now account for the lion's share of new-vehicle sales, the reports of the passenger car's death have been greatly exaggerated.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
Aston Martin brings back and combines two famed nameplates from its storied history for its new flagship coupe, the DBS Superleggera. Gorgeously styled with fluidly flowing bodywork crafted from carbon fiber, it’s 2+2 interior is equally appealing, with front-seat occupants treated to sports seats upholstered in supple “aromatic” leather and Alcantara.
A 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine generates a mighty 715 horsepower and, assisted by a performance-enhanced eight-speed automatic transmission, can launch the car to 62 mph in a sudden 3.4 seconds and hit a terrifying top speed of 211 mph. Riding on 21-inch rims and Pirelli P-Zero performance tires, and with assorted performance-enhancing systems at hand, the car is engineered to hug the corners as tightly as a toddler with a teddy bear.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
The 8 most powerful cars coming in 2019 | DriveTribe
The Aston Martin Valkyrie will have 1,160bhp, Aston has confirmed. One thousand of those horses are generated by a 6.5-litre V12, with not a turbocharger (or supercharger) in sight. Peak power is developed at 10,500rpm. It’s utterly astonishing – this is a car for both road and track, remember – but what’s even more astonishing is that power outputs in four figures are not that unusual any more…
The fact is, to be taken seriously as a hypercar these days you seem to need at least 1,000 horsepower, and preferably a weight as close as possible to a tonne for that magic 1bhp/kg power/weight ratio.
So welcome to the 1,000bhp club… here’s our look at some of the latest members.
cars  drivetribe  aston  mercedes  mclaren  bugatti  performance 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Ranked: The 10 most exciting cars of the Geneva Motor Show 2019 | DriveTribe
Motor shows have had a bad wrap of late. Increasingly, they’re accused of being overly expensive and largely pointless. Manufacturers are reducing their efforts or not showing up at all, leaving shows like Paris at the tail end of last year with entire halls left empty.
But Geneva is different.
This is the biggest motor show in the world, and it’s still alive and well. It seems that everyone and their mums have brought along something new and exciting this year. There’s plenty of cutting-edge futuristic tech on display, as well as lots of really, really fast stuff. Of course, subjectively ranking newly revealed cars in order of ‘exciting-ness’ is an entirely pointless exercise. So... here's my list of the 10 most exciting cars from Geneva 2019.
Why is this the most exciting car at Geneva 2019? Surely it’s just another typically mad hypercar from those Swedish blokes who exclusively build mad hypercars. Business as usual, no? Sort of. Except this one is a bit special - because it could very well be the world's first 300mph roadcar.
That’s not confirmed yet. Christian Von Koenigsegg says the car has managed it in simulators, and he’s confident it will do it in real life. And this is not a man who makes unsubstantiated claims - this is the man behind the Agera RS - the current fastest car in the world.
So what’s new? Well, same old 5-litre twin-turbo V8 except it’s lighter now, and revs higher. Meaning you get 1,578bhp. And a massive wing. Oh, and it’s named after his dad, so it’s adorable as well as terrifying.
cars  driving  auto_show  aston  ferrari  koenigsegg  lamborghini  bentley  mercedes  alfa  bugatti 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Aston Martin hypercar, supercar and mid-engine reveal at Geneva Motor Show 2019 - YouTube
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Uploaded on Feb 27, 2019
In an unprecedented show of force, Aston Martin has chosen the 89th Geneva Motor Show to complete a trio of world debuts with the first glimpse of the breathtaking Vanquish Vision Concept.
A tantalising preview of Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar, the Vanquish Vision Concept showcases the design language of the marque’s most ambitious model, taking centre stage alongside the Project 003 and the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept.
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15 days ago by rgl7194
Making sense of the new Aston Martin range | DriveTribe
I don't think anyone can argue that Aston Martin have been on fine form of late with the Valkyrie and the Valkyrie AMR Pro cars making petrolheads around the world simultaneously drool.
As if they weren't enough, Aston Martin have gone and dropped two new designs on us at this year's Geneva Motor Show and they follow in the same salivating trend.
Firstly, we had the AM-RB 003 revealed to us as a 'son of Valkyrie' style concept and this was quickly followed by the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept as the first production mid-engined supercar from the brand.
Before we get into McLaren territory where we have 78 models released in 12 minutes, I wanted to quickly break down the four gorgeous Aston Martin mid-engined powerhouses into a nice neat order. You're welcome.
aston  cars  review  auto_show  drivetribe 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept Has Ferrari and McLaren in Its Sights
A bold new direction for the Vanquish, and we'd be surprised if it doesn't match its rivals' horsepower numbers.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Vision concept has the Ferrari F8 Tributo and the McLaren 720S firmly in its sights.
The concept is not built using a carbon-fiber tub like the hypercars from the same brand, but a bonded aluminum structure like front-engined models.
It will be powered by a new Aston Martin–developed turbocharged V-6 engine, which we will see first in the production version of the AM-RB 003.
The British like to joke that you spend ages waiting for a bus—doubtless in the rain—and then three turn up at once. It appears the same is true for mid-engined Aston Martins, with the company's revelation at the Geneva auto show that it is planning two separate new models to follow on from the work it began with the Valkyrie. The company's stand at the Swiss auto show contained a near-production version of the AM-RB 003, which, like the Valkyrie, is being co-developed with Red Bull Racing, and a further-out look at the slightly less rabid car that is set to become the new Vanquish.
cars  aston  auto_show  concept 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Aston Martin AM-RB 003 Hypercar - New V-6 Hybrid Powertrain
The near-production prototype will get an Aston-developed turbo V-6 with hybrid assistance, the first in-house powerplant since the 1960s.
A mid-engined hypercar, the AM-RB 003 is a prototype with a production version expected in 2021.
The car gets flexible wing elements, aerospace industry style, so the rear wing's shape can be altered rapidly to adjust aerodynamic loads.
If you missed a chance to get the $3.2 million Valkyrie, this car will go (to about 50 buyers) for a mere $1.3 million or so.
If you just missed out on one of the 150 slots of the $3.2 million Aston Martin Valkyrie—the Adrian Newey fever dream with ambitions to be the world's fastest road car—then here is some consolation. The AM-RB 003, freshly unveiled in near-production form at the Geneva Auto Show, is another mid-engined hypercar being jointly developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. (Don't worry, the gawky code will be substituted for a more conventional name ahead of sales starting in 2021; if you’re wondering, 002 is the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro.) While it won't be quite as fast or extreme as the Valkyrie, a charge that can be leveled at any wheeled vehicle this side of an LMP1 racer, we're promised that the 003 will still be one of the quickest cars on the market.
cars  aston  hypercar  auto_show 
17 days ago by rgl7194
The Aston Martin AM-RB 003 and Vanquish Aim Right at Ferrari
The Geneva Motor Show is often a parade of supercars, a place for the robber barons and tech overlords who were just at Davos a month ago to cross some items of their shopping lists. And Aston Martin, long a purveyor of expensive GT and sports cars, is using Geneva to go hard on the mid-engine supercar market—and right after Ferrari and McLaren. With V6 power, no less.
Aston Martin had several key debuts at Geneva today, in addition to the wild V12 Aston Martin Valkyrie we’ve all known about for some time. First up with stuff today, there’s the Aston Martin AM-RB 003. If that name sounds familiar, it’s not far off what the Valkyrie was originally called.
This will be a limited-production hypercar that clearly draws design, tech, body and structure influence from the Valkyrie—think of the way McLaren does things—but ditches the V12 for a turbocharged hybrid V6 setup instead.
Aston Martin says it incorporates “concepts and technologies taken directly from F1 and applied to the epoch-making Aston Martin Valkyrie, providing it with performance to meet and surpass the performance demands of existing top-end hypercar rivals.” Neat!
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19 days ago by rgl7194
Here's the Aston Martin Valkyrie's confirmed performance figures | DriveTribe
Aston Martin has officially unveiled performance figures for the Valkyrie, the upcoming hybrid-powered hypercar from the luxury British manufacturer.
The Valkyrie uses a Cosworth-built naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine, along with a battery hybrid power system that when combined, create an astonishing 1,160 horsepower.
The 6.5-litre V12 engine is said to be as exciting and high-revving as the F1TM engines of the 1990s, but with modern upgrades such as a lighter, better designed setup.
The Valkyrie's engine will rev to a whopping 11,000 rpm and can produce 740Nm at 7,000 rpm, giving this car some serious launching power. However, the added battery system adds even more power to the Valkyrie.
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20 days ago by rgl7194
The Aston Martin Valkyrie's Hybrid Will Make a Rated 1,160 BHP at 10,500 RPM
In December, Aston Martin and Cosworth let us in on the details of the 1,000-horsepower V12 that would putter the new Valkyrie supercar along. But, because merely crossing the threshold into four-digit power numbers is never enough, Aston announced Friday that the car will get another 160 horses courtesy of its hybrid powertrain.
That brings the rated power output to 1,160 brake horsepower at 10,500 rpm, if specifics even matter past 999.
Aston said in its announcement of the full power figures that the first Valkyrie prototypes are “beginning to take shape,” and that the hybrid system paired to the car’s naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter V12 powerhouse created with Cosworth comes from two main development partners: Integral Powertrain Ltd., which made the electric motor, and electric supercar maker Rimac, which brought a lightweight hybrid battery system to the party.
cars  hypercar  aston  hybrid 
23 days ago by rgl7194
Aston Martin 003 Teased - New Mid-Engined Hybrid Hypercar
The more practical follow-up to the Valkyrie will hit the market in late 2021.
UPDATE 2/20/19: Aston has released the first teaser photo of the 003 hypercar, which shows the rear end. In the image, which we have enhanced, we can see rectangular LED lights, the top of a huge rear diffuser, an active rear spoiler, and top-mounted exhaust tips on the rear deck. The 003 really does look like a slightly more tame version of the Valkyrie from the back, with a tapering greenhouse and wide rear hips. No additional details of the car have been released, but we might learn more at next month's Geneva auto show.
We broke the news that Aston Martin was planning to produce a mid-engined supercar positioned beneath the beyond-hyper Valkyrie last year, and now the company has confirmed that the production version will go on sale in late 2021, with the project currently referred to internally as the 003.
The 003 moniker is because the roadgoing Valkyrie and the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro count as different projects: 001 and 002, respectively. Both Valkyries are being jointly developed with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team, under the technical leadership of Adrian Newey, and although there is no confirmation that Red Bull will also be involved with 003, an Aston spokesman told C/D: "We are very hopeful that everyone involved with 001 and 002 will continue to be involved with 003." When we spoke to Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner at the British Grand Prix in July, he told us that his organization is already "heavily involved" with the project, hinting about even more future collaborations for good measure.
cars  aston  hybrid  hypercar  preview 
24 days ago by rgl7194
Aston Martin Put Exhaust Tips Where God Intended, on the Roof
Because I am a cynical asshole, I can usually find a reason to be pessimistic about something. I’m also great to hang out with if you didn’t know this. But when it comes to top-exit exhausts? I’ll never have a bad thing to say about them because they are the purest embodiment of God’s will in automotive form. And the latest to have the blessed things appears to be Aston Martin’s upcoming 003 supercar.
Uploaded recently to the automaker’s press site, the teaser is accompanied by no further information than what was already revealed last September, which is that Aston is working on 500 examples of a hybrid supercar that will arrive in 2021.
The last sketch we had of the 003 was something that resembled nothing more than a gaming mouse, as one commenter pointed out. Today’s teaser is also vague and mysterious, but I do spot me some exhaust tips mounted on the roof, along with what looks like a fixed rear wing.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Everyone Go Home, Red Bull's New Livery Is the Best on the 2019 F1 Grid
Formula One’s livery reveal season is upon us, and boy are things really starting to heat up. With testing taking place later this month, everyone is scrambling to show off their cool new outfits at the first day of school. But the teams that haven’t given us their first look at new threads might as well pack it up and go home, because Red Bull Racing is undoubtedly the coolest kid in class.
Haas, Renault, Toro Rosso, Williams—they’ve all had their livery launch parties, getting in on the action before anyone else could show them up. But Red Bull haven’t even officially launched their new car, the RB15—this is just a teaser, if you can actually believe that—and they’ve already proved they know a thing or two about a good looking car.
Every team who hasn’t released their 2019 car can go home. Red Bull wins. Thank u, next.
This season, they’re donning something Red Bull calls a “Special edition livery... thanks to the arrival of Honda power and an exciting new driver pairing,” according to their website. They’ve done a damn good job.
After dropping their relatively sedate blue and purple paint scheme, RBR has opted for an aggressive red and black look. The Red Bull branding is all still there, but it’s stylized in a way that makes it look like the album cover of a punk band. Which is pretty damn cool.
cars  racing  design  drinks  aston  color 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 2019 HW Exotics 5-Pack
One awesome 5-pack! I think that's all I need to say, just check out the car selection and deco of each car in this set. It's pretty good. My personal favorite out of this pack is the Sesto Elemento, how about yourself?
cars  hot_wheels  pagani  lamborghini  lotus  aston 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194

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