- Hypercar result of Aston Martin/Red Bull Racing partnership
- High-revving mid-mounted V12 engine
- Two-seater with road and track-only versions available
GAYDON, England – Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have revealed what they describe as “our ground-breaking hypercar”. Codename: AM-RB 001.
Total volume will be between 99 and 150 road cars inclusive of all remaining prototypes and 25 track-only versions. First deliveries are expected in 2018.
It’s the product of an “innovation partnership” between the British luxury brand and the Formula 1 team. “This ambitious, uncompromising and wholly extraordinary collaboration,” Aston Martin says, “combines the vision and skills of two world-leading brands to create a road car the like of which has never before been seen.”
The three people charged with realising this shared vision are:
Adrian Newey, (Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer and the world’s most successful F1 designer).
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer
David King, vice-president and chief special operations officer.
“Together,” Aston Martin says, “they are a formidable alliance”.
It’s described as one that combines more than 100 years of specialisation involving “some of the world’s most beautiful and charismatic GT cars” and “technological brilliance and relentless pursuit of speed and efficiency that has seen Red Bull Racing excel in the ferociously competitive world of F1”.
Reichman and Newey are working closely on all aspects of the project, striving to make the AM-RB 001 what the says is “an unprecedented fusion of form and function: a car engineered to be entirely useable and enjoyable as a road car but with the ability to perform like no road car before it on a race track”.
Additionally, a track-only AM-RB 001 is being developed with the intention of having performance comparable to that of LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.
The cars, Aston Martin explains, are being assembled on a light carbon-fibre structure with “truly radical” aerodynamics which it is hoped will have “unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car”.
Newey’s design incorporates underfloor aerodynamics upon which is built Reichman’s “pure yet breathtaking dramatic form that elegantly expresses both the AM-RB 001’s cutting-edge dynamism and the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin”.
The cars will be assembled by David King and his team at Gaydon, England, in a facility created for Aston Martin’s original hypercar, the One-77. More details of the AM-RB 001’s technical specification will, the automaker says, be revealed in due course but it will have a new mid-mounted, high-revving, non-turbo V12 engine with the potency to achieve a power-to-weight ratio of 0.75kW/kg.
‘GENUINE COMFORT, SPACE FOR TWO
The suspension, to handle the huge downforce, will use innovative technology and principles honed by Newey over his 30-career. The transmission is a Newey clean-sheet design being developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
And all of the above, the automaker says, will still give “genuine comfort and space for driver and passenger, and house a V12 engine”.
‘TRUE ROAD CAR, CAPABLE OF TRACK PERFORMANCE’
Newey enlarged on the supercar: “Technology brought me a step closer to realising that ambition but I believed we should work with an automotive manufacturer. Aston Martin was at the top of my list.
“I knew Red Bull Racing had the ability to handle the pure performance aspects but Aston Martin’s experience of making beautiful, fast and comfortable GT cars is of great benefit to the project.
“I’ve always been adamant that the AM-RB 001 should be a true road car but also capable of extreme track performance – that means a car of two characters. Which is the secret we’re trying to put into it – technology that allows it to be docile and comfortable yet having immense outright capabilities.”