Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Aston Martin | posted July 07, 2016 09:46
Sick new hypercar to use a V12 and have 1:1 power-to-weight ratio
What happens when a British luxury carmaker has a fling with a Formula 1 team?
A very capable road-going hypercar with a high-revving V12 is conceived. Called the AM-RB 001, the upcoming road car that combines luxury and Formula 1 racing to a whole new level.
In charge of putting this ‘baby’ together is Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and the world’s most successful F1TM designer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, and VP and Chief Special Operations Officer David King.
The goal of the three men is ‘to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before’ and while firm details about the vehicle are still scant, it will sport a V12 engine and have 1:1 power-to-weight ratio or 1 bhp per kilo of weight.
A track-only version of the AM-RB 001 is also under development and the projected performance will be similar to LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.
The AM-RB 001 will have a lightweight carbon fiber structure and the limited photos show how truly radical the aerodynamics are for it in order to deliver ‘unprecedented levels of downforce’ through underfloor aerodynamics courtesy of Newey.
The exterior will be shaped by Reichman while the manufacturing will be done by King and his crew in Gaydon where the One-77 was built.
F1 suspension technology and a Red Bull Advanced Technologies-developed transmission will be provided by Newey.
Seating capacity of the AM-RB 001 will be for driver and one passenger only.
“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,” said Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer.
“Working at Aston Martin means you get to be a part of some truly special projects, but the AM-RB 001 is a dream - a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course it’s a huge engineering challenge, too, but the game-changing objectives of this programme have a uniquely energising effect on everyone involved. We have world-class people and facilities at Gaydon. We’re all motivated to achieve great things and take Aston Martin to the absolute pinnacle of road car performance,” said David King, Aston Martin’s VP and Chief Special Operations Officer.
“Working so closely alongside Adrian and an organisation 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,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer.
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 Aston Martin’s 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.