Aston Martin has joined forces with Red Bull Racing to design a groundbreaking hypercar, codenamed the AM-RB 001.
The new car will be the result of an ‘Innovation Partnership’ between the luxury brand and the Formula One racing team. The shared vision will create a road car, the likes of which they say “has never been seen before”.
And we can now reveal the design, following the project’s announcement earlier this year.
The AM-RB 001 will be engineered as a road car with true racing capabilities on the track. It will boast both the heritage style of the Aston Martin brand and the speed, power and efficiency of Red Bull Racing.
Three men are charged with bringing this shared vision to life: Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and the world’s most successful F1TM designer; Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer; and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer.
They have over one hundred combined years of specialism comprising technological brilliance and pedigree in designing beautiful GT cars.
Aston Martin will release more details about the AM-RB 001 in due course, but here is what we know so far.
The new hypercar will be a bespoke creation from the tyres up. It will be built by David King and his team at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facilities, which were constructed for the brand’s original hypercar, the One-77.
The car is to be built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure, which gives it radical aerodynamics for serious downforce on the road. Newey’s genius design means this downforce is generated through underfloor aerodynamics, meaning Reichman is free to craft a dramatic form that captures the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin.
At the AM-RB 001’s heart is a new engine, which will be a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated V12. It will achieve an incredible 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, meaning it kicks out 1 bhp per kilo of weight.
The suspension will be specially designed by Newey to cope with extreme aerodynamics at high speeds, while creating on-road usability and comfort. Newey and the Red Bull Racing team also have a blank page to create a purpose-built transmission system.
Plus there is also a track-only AM-RB 001 in development for an even more intense driving experience, in the style of the Le Mans sports prototype racing cars.
Newey has said the design will be a true road car that’s capable of extreme performance on the track, meaning it’s a car that encapsulates two characters. Reichman noted that the unique objectives of the project ensures there has never been an Aston Martin, or indeed any car, like the AM-RB 001.
The AM-RB 001 is part of the ongoing Innovation Partnership between the two companies. The engineering will be shared between Q by Aston Martin Advanced and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
Production will take place at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility. The project will create between 99 and 150 road cars, inclusive of all prototypes, as well as 25 track-only versions. First deliveries will start in 2018.