Aston Martin has taken the wraps off its radical new hypercar codenamed AM-RB 001. The mid-engined, two-seat hypercar, co-developed with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, has been developed under the watch of Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer, and Marek Reichman, Aston Martin executive vice president and chief creative officer. Mounted mid-ships is a 900bhp naturally aspirated V12 that in the 900kg car delivers a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, or one bhp per each kilogram of the car.
Aston Martin says the car been engineered to be useable as a road car, but will also perform “like no road car before it” on a racetrack. In fact, an even more extreme, track-only version of the AM-RB 001 is apparently in development, with projected performance capabilities of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes. Boasting a lightweight carbon fibre structure, unsurprisingly, the AM-RB 001’s aerodynamics will result in unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car, claims the Gaydon carmaker. The hypercar will be built in the purpose-built facility that also put together the Aston Martin One-77.
The AM-RB 001’s suspension system apparently features technology perfected by Newey over his three decades in F1, so is the transmission, which is a clean-sheet design developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies. “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,” says Adrian Newey. “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,” he adds.
The AM-RB 001’s engineering tasks will be shared between Q by Aston Martin Advanced and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with production to be limited to anything between 99 and 150 road cars and 25 track-only versions, with first deliveries expected to start in 2018.