The product of a unique partnership between British luxury brand Aston Martin and eminent F1 team Red Bull Racing, the AM-RB 001 is an ambitious, uncompromising and wholly extraordinary collaboration that combines the vision and skills of two world-leading companies to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before.
Aston Martin has a rich heritage of making some of the world’s most beautiful and charismatic GT cars, while Red Bull Racing has a red-hot heritage of excelling in the ferociously competitive world of Formula One.
The two companies are working closely on all aspects of the project, striving to ensure the AM-RB 001 is 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 racetrack. 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 fibre structure, the AM-RB 001 boasts truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car. Thanks to the design genius of Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, much of this downforce is generated through underfloor aerodynamics, leaving Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, free to craft a pure yet breathtaking dramatic form that elegantly expresses both the hypercar’s cutting-edge dynamism and the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin.
Uncompromising in all respects, the AM-RB 001 is a bespoke machine from the tyres up. 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, which means 1bhp per kilo of body weight.
To cope with the extreme aerodynamic loadings at high speeds yet deliver the on-road useability 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 over his 30-year career. Likewise, the transmission is a clean-sheet design conceived by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
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 co-driver, and house a V12 engine.
The task of engineering the AM-RB 001 will be shared between Q by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with production taking place in the purpose-built Gaydon facility created for Aston Martin’s original hypercar, the One-77. The 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.
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