Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing has revealed their ground-breaking hypercar; codenamed AM-RB 001. This is the product of a unique Innovative partnership between the British luxury brand and the F1 team. The project has been an extraordinary collaboration to combine the vision and skills of two world-leading brands to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before.
The three men charged with realizing this shared vision are Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and the world’s most successful Formula 1 designer, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer. Together they spearheaded a formidable alliance. The trio combines more than a hundred years of specialism – both with heritage and with technological brilliance.
Built around a lightweight carbon fiber structure, the AM-RB 001 boasts radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car. Thanks to Newey’s design much of this 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 is a bespoke machine from the ground up. It will be built by the Aston Martin team at Gaydon. More details of 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; 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. 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.
At the moment we don’t know much about the car other than it has a brand-new, high-revving V12 and is supposedly as fast as a current LMP1 car at Silverstone. However the team at evo got a closer look at the car, and they can reveal some other astounding features. First, Newey claims that the car will be as fast as a modern F1 car in race trim at a track like Spa. To put that in perspective, an F1 car laps Spa-Francorchamps 40 seconds faster than the Koenigsegg One:1, the only other car out there with a one to one power to weight ratio.
Unsurprisingly, to reach that goal, evo confirms the 001 will have hybrid assist to boost power. We’d imagine that it isn’t a full-time hybrid system though, more like the ERS system that you find in an F1 car. The electric power will also be used to make it back up, as the gearbox won’t have a reverse gear. Why waste a gear on reverse?
Adrian Newey, says of the AM-RB 001 project: “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. 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.”
Marek Reichman, says: “Working so closely alongside Adrian and an organization like Red Bull Racing is a fabulous experience. By definition 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. The shared challenge has been finding that magical tipping point where we achieve the most efficient engineering solutions and the most beautiful styling solutions without any compromises. My personal challenge has been expressing the AM-RB 001’s extraordinary performance and the unique way in which it delivers that performance. Its style reflects its revolutionary nature, while possessing the form and beauty that makes it unmistakably an Aston Martin.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing said: “Red Bull Racing has always steered an innovative course in our ongoing development of a competitive Formula One car. The conception and modus operandi of Red Bull Technologies has been to apply our expertise to truly progressive projects and partnerships. Our relationship with Aston Martin and the realization of the AM-RB 001 is pioneering and borne of our synergies and desire to break new ground. The AM-RB 001 is the inspirational product of this collaborative spirit.”
Total volume will be between 99 and 150 road cars inclusive of all remaining prototypes and 25 track-only versions. The production date is end-2018, with prices between £2m and £3m – partly depending on how much driver training you have. And the order book is already filling fast.
Thanks to Evo Magazine we get a more comprehensive look at the concept which is set to be the next stage in the evolution of hypercars.