Announced and eagerly anticipated since over a year ago, Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have finally taken the wraps of their co-developed hypercar, the AM-RB 001. The limited production monster is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 and was the brainchild of 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.
Taking the power to the wheels is a “clean-sheet design” gearbox conceived by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advacned Technology, while advanced suspension design helps the car handle the extreme aerodynamic load at high speed.
A lightweight carbon fibre structure helps the car achieve a claimed 1:1 power to weight ratio, while radical aerodynamics give it “unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car.” The car will be built as a “bespoke machine from the tyres up” in a purpose built factory created originally for the One-77, Aston Martin’s first limited production model.
“I’ve always been adamant that the AM-RB 001 should be a true road car that’s also capable of extreme performance on track, and this means it really has to be a car of two characters. That’s the secret we’re trying to put into this car – the technology that allows it to be docile and comfortable, but with immense outright capabilities,” said Newey.
The task of engineering the car will be shared between Aston Martin’s Q division as well as Red Bull Advanced Technology while production will take place at Aston Martin’s Gaydon factory. Production will be limited to between 99 and 150 road cars and 25 track-only versions. The first cars will be delivered to their owners in 2018 with a price tag expected to be six figures.