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Time to move on front an entirely front-engined lineup.
Aston Martin has never been in better shape ever since current CEO Andy Palmer took the reins and began a major overall. With new models such as the DB11 and Vantage now completed, attention is being turned towards future product, specifically the mid-engined Ferrari 488 fighter. Speaking to Motorsport regarding Aston Martin’s F1 engine program, Palmer has provided a date when that supercar will arrive.
“With all of this stuff in F1, you have to factor in intangibles because you’re talking about a marketing return, not necessarily a physical return,” Palmer said.“Marketing return hopefully turns into sold cars, which is why we’re doing this. This is to seed the soil for when we bring a mid-engined car to compete with the Ferrari 488, which is what the Valkyrie was about,” he added. Yep, Aston Martin also sees a future for itself in mid-engined supercars instead of an entirely front-engined lineup. “It’s about creating credibility ready for when we go mainstream face-to-face with Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren on the road,” Palmer continued.
“The timing of the 2021 regulations work really well, because it is about the time we’ll be bringing that car out.” For now, Aston Martin hasn’t revealed this mid-engined supercar’s name, but all in good time. While work progresses in that program, Aston Martin is also working on a Tesla Roadster and Rimac Concept_One successor EV fighter, but that likely won’t come until sometime after the mid-engined supercar. Good times ahead.