This is the AM-RB 001 – a stunning hypercar born from the partnership of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. A collaboration between the British luxury brand and a top Formula One team would, of course, result in something truly stunning and the AM-RB 001 is certainly that.
Aside from its beautiful looks, the AM-RB 001 has some features that do those looks justice.
Most importantly, its beating heart is a new, mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated V12 engine with the power to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio or 1 bhp per kilo of weight. If rumours are true, that will mean power in the region of 1000bhp.
Created by the combination of talents of Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer, the AM-RB 001 is built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure, and boasts radical underfloor aerodynamics, designed by Newey, that deliver ‘unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car’.
“I’ve long harboured the desire to design a road car,” said Newey. “The formation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies 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. The synergy between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin is clear. 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.”
“Working so closely alongside Adrian and an organisation like Red Bull Racing is a fabulous experience,” said Reichman. “The objectives we’ve set for the car ensures there has never been an Aston Martin - or any car, actually - quite like the AM-RB 001.”
Production of the car will take place at Aston Martin’s facility at Gaydon in the UK. Total volume will be between 99 and 150 road cars and 25 track-only versions, with first deliveries commencing in 2018. Pricing will, say reports, likely nudge somewhere over $AUS5million.