As previously announced in March, Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing (RBR) are combining forces to derive a Hypercar, codenamed AM-RB 001. The Partnership between Aston Martin Racing and RBR unites the world’s best aerodynamicists, composite experts and manufacturing masters. Leading the AM-RB 001 project are RBR’s hotshot Adrian Newey, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer, and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer.
After four months of prep, the two companies has came up with the AM-RB 001; an unprecedented fusion of form and function: a car engineered to be entirely useable and enjoyable as a road car, but with the capability to perform like no road car before it on a race track. For those who crave an even more intensely focused driving experience, a track-only AM-RB 001 is also in development, the projected performance of which is in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.
Built around a lightweight carbon fiber structure, the AM-RB 001 boasts truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car.
Uncompromising in all respects, the AM-RB 001 is a bespoke machine from the tyres up. It will be built at Gaydon, in the purpose-built facility created for Aston Martin’s original hypercar, the One-77. At the heart of the AM-RB 001 is a new, mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight.
To cope with the extreme aerodynamic loadings at high speeds yet deliver the on-road usability and comfort levels that sit at the heart of the concept, the AM-RB 001’s suspension system will feature innovative technology and employ principles honed by Newey. Likewise, the transmission is a clean-sheet design conceived by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies. “I’ve long harbored the desire to design a road car. The formation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies brought me a step closer to realizing 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,” Newey explained.
While boundary-pushing performance is clearly of paramount importance, so too is exceptional efficiency and packaging. Newey’s unrivalled knowledge has enabled the AM-RB 001 to be extremely light and compact, yet offer genuine comfort and space for driver and passenger and house a V12 engine.
Continuing the on-going Innovation Partnership, the task of engineering the AM-RB 001 will be shared between Q by Aston Martin Advanced and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with production taking place at the Gaydon facility. Total volume will be between 99 and 150 road cars inclusive of all remaining prototypes and 25 track-only versions, with first deliveries commencing in 2018.
More details of the AM-RB 001’s technical specification will be revealed in due course. For more images of the AM-RB 001, check this link.