Options are open for Aston Martin hypercar project
Rumours of an Adrian Newey designed Aston Martin supercar are premature but the extreme road car project is being considered
Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, has commented for the first time on rumours that Formula One design legend Adrian Newey might be developing an extreme roadgoing supercar with Aston, previously referred to by Palmer as “an ultimate sports car”.
He said: “There is rarely smoke without fire. I have talked openly about a flagship supercar and a number of studies, including designs, are going on, but the speculation about Adrian Newey does not come from us.
“Do I like the idea of Adrian Newey doing a road car with Aston? Yes. He is a man with a legacy to leave, but there is no authentic programme with him, yet.”
Palmer added that if the supercar project went ahead, it was a long way off. “We hope to make a decision by the end of the year, but we won’t rush the decision.” Aston’s mid-engined 2014 DP-100 concept (pictured), despite being a physical scale model, was designed primarily for the Gran Turismo computer game. But the firm’s design director Marek Reichman has hinted elements of it could preview how future extreme Astons will look.