Targets acquired: Aston Martin 003 hypercar aimed at LaFerrari, McLaren Senna

This week, Aston Martin finally showed off the first image of its forthcoming 003 hypercar and the firm’s CEO declared it has the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren Senna, and Porsche 918 Spyder directly in its sights.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO, told Auto Express in a Wednesday report that the 003 bridges the gap between the gap between the forthcoming Valkyrie hypercar and a Ferrari 488 competitor that’s also on the way from the British brand. In this respect, he said the 003 is a LaFerrari competitor or “like the McLaren Senna and Porsche 918.” In the spirit of the LaFerrari, the powertrain will consist of an internal-combustion engine (likely a V-6) paired with a KERS-style hybrid system. The KERS system is all about performance and not efficiency, just like the LaFerrari.

Unlike the Valkyrie, the 003 will be far more usable every day. We previously reported it will be more comfortable and have space for luggage. Yet, the car may also find its way to the racetrack.

Teaser for Aston Martin 003 hypercar debuting in 2021

Teaser for Aston Martin 003 hypercar debuting in 2021

Should Aston Martin decided to jump into the FIA’s new hypercar class for the World Endurance Championship, the 003 would likely report for duty. We’d be thrilled to watch an Aston Martin hypercar take on Le Mans.

The 003 name is short for Project 003. The Valkyrie is Project 001 and the track-only Valkyrie Pro is Project 002.

Little else is known about the 003, though it may sport the name “Valhalla.” The name would fall in line with Aston Martin’s current trend to pluck names from Norse mythology. Valhalla is the resting place for warriors who died in combat and are worthy of the god Odin. Valkyries are the warrior spirits that protect Valhalla. Both names would make for a proper hierarchy in the brand.

Auto Express reported the 003 could debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but the car won’t be ready for production until 2021. When it does enter production, Aston Martin has already said it only plans to build 500 coupes, though it hasn’t mentioned if it will also build a convertible.


Tesla engineer explains why Sentry Mode is safe for vehicles’ speakers

A Tesla engineer has explained why Sentry Mode, despite its use of extremely loud music, is completely safe for an electric car’s sound system. As noted by the Tesla employee, the design of Tesla’s sound system itself allows tracks such as Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor to be played at high volume without any risk. 

The comments of the Tesla engineer were shared on the r/TeslaMotors subreddit by community member u/tesrella, who sent an inquiry about how the loud volumes associated with Sentry Mode affect his vehicle’s speakers. The following is the engineer’s response.

Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is a fitting ‘Sentry Tone.’ 

I would not worry about damage to the speakers. Even the subwoofer employs a high-pass filter to protect from the insanely low frequencies that Toccata and Fugue employs.

The systems group in Tesla have verified safe, distortion-free excursion in Sentry Mode. All of the speakers we provide undergo extended pink-noise power-testing that far exceeds’ music content. 

In short, Sentry Mode is awesome and will not damage your stereo system.

Tesla’s sound system is noted for its quality, which is dubbed by numerous electric car owners to be on par with some of the best in the auto industry. With this in mind, the Tesla engineer’s comments do provide a pretty good idea about the work that goes into the sound system’s design and creation.

For example, high-pass filters, which are components that protect against low frequencies by allowing high frequencies to get through while filtering or cutting low frequencies, are usually fitted on speakers, but are mostly optional for subwoofers. Even premium audio products such as Rythmik’s L12 subwoofer, for example, does not feature the component.

It should be noted that a good sound system is only one half of Sentry Mode’s magic. Considering the volume that Tesla utilizes for Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, it is evident that the track being used is also of very high quality. This is an important detail since even capable sound systems run the risk of damaging their components if they play tracks that are either poorly compressed or distorted at extremely high volumes. Perhaps this, in a way, is also among the reasons why Tesla does not allow owners to use their selected tracks for Sentry Mode.

Sentry Mode is currently being pushed to Model 3 owners who are members of the company’s early access program. Reports from members of the Tesla community who have received the feature indicate that the company has been refining the security system’s capabilities. Model 3 owner and YouTuber Tesla Raj, for one, noted that recent updates to the system that he recently received have made Sentry Mode’s alarms more consistent and better integrated with other new features such as Dog Mode.

Tesla engineer explains why Sentry Mode is safe for vehicles’ speakers



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