Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's chief creative officer, told The Drive: "Everything we do in Special Projects is in part a foretelling of something to come. We never do something and then forget it."
After giving the example of how the One-77 gave us a preview of the look of the new DB11, Reichman explicitly stated, "AM-RB 001 is a precursor of the idea of a mid-engined vehicle being part of the lineup for the Second Century plan".
Aston Martin's head of design did caution, though, that any future mid-engine Aston Martin hypercars will be "far out, in the 2020s and beyond".
Revealed two weeks ago, the AM-RB 001 is a collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, and will have a power-to-weight ratio of one horsepower for every kilogram.
Reichman says that the AM-RB 001's V12 engine is unrelated to new 5.2-litre mill powering the DB11. According to the designer, the hypercar's V12 will be "much smaller" than the DB11's engine and will rev to 11,000rpm.
As you can probably tell already, the AM-RB 001 will sit at the pointy end of Aston Martin's range, and will reportedly have a price of at least one million pounds ($1.7 million).
The new hypercar, of which between 99 and 150 road-legal versions will be built, is scheduled to start arriving in owners' garages in 2018. An additional 25 track-only variants will also be made.