Aston Martin and Red Bull bring the best of both worlds with the AM-RB 001
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 07, 2016 Updated: 11:42 PM
Aston Martin and Red Bull have come together to bring the closest thing to driving an F1 car on the road.
Named AM-RB 001, the new hypercar combines the cutting-edge Formula One technology with Aston Martin’s iconic sports car design.
The engine has been designed in conjunction with Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. Together they spearhead a formidable alliance; one that combines more than a hundred years of quality and performance with heritage, making some of the world’s most beautiful and charismatic GT cars as well as with technological brilliance and the relentless pursuit of speed and efficiency that has seen Red Bull Racing excel in the ferociously competitive world of Formula One.
Reichman and Newey worked closely on all aspects of the project, striving to ensure the AM-RB 001 was 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.
The car was built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure. The AM-RB 001 boasts truly radical aerodynamics. Thanks to Newey’s design much of its downforce is generated through underfloor aerodynamics leaving Reichman free to craft a 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 AM-RB 001‘s technical specification will be revealed in due course, but its heart is a new mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio and 1 bhp per kilo of weight. The AM-RB 001’s suspension system will feature innovative technology and employ principles honed by Newey over his thirty year career. Likewise, the transmission is a clean-sheet design conceived by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
Adrian Newey says: “I’ve long harboured the desire to design a road car. 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. 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”.
Aston Martin President and CEO Dr Andy Palmer said:
“The AM-RB 001 is a truly remarkable project and something of which I’m extremely proud. To have Aston Martin working alongside Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing and the invaluable assistance of project partner AF Racing AG is an extraordinary creative collaboration.
One that unites the very best of road and race car thinking. As the project gathers pace its clear the end result will be a truly history-making hypercar that sets incredible new benchmarks for packaging, efficiency and performance and an achievement that elevates Aston Martin to the very highest level”.
There's no price yet. However, expect to pay around £2million/$2.5million U.S. And, you will have to be quick since Aston Martin and Red Bull are only planning to produce around 150 of this idealistic amalgamation.