Aston Martin and Red Bull have confirmed that they will be collaborating to build a car which will be faster on a track than a Formula One car.
Currently known by the codename AM-RB 001, around 99 units will be manufactured by Aston Martin’s Q division, which recently produced the Vulcan track car. An early car valuation
puts the cost for one of these motors at between £2-3 million.
The project has grown out of a personal partnership between Adrian Newey of Red Bull and Marek Reichman or Aston Martin. Newey is widely regarded as the world’s greatest race car designer, while Reichman has designed a number of Aston production cars, as well as several James Bond cars.
It has been confirmed that the car will be a mid-engined layout, which is a first for an Aston Martin. Details also reveal that the car will feature a KERS-style drive system, and a race series will be set up for the cars.
AM-RB 001 is being described as Adrian Newey’s legacy car, and after wanting to build a very special road car for so long, this is understood to be it.
It is also likely to be a petrol-electric hybrid, with simplified versions of the performance-boosting electric motors and energy recovery systems found in F1 and WEC cars. The identity of the petrol motor is still unknown, although reports speculate it will be something compact, such as a detuned race engine.
AM-RB 001 is also likely to have an all-carbon structure, and will be recognisable as an Aston Martin, carrying the badge on the nose of the car. Although recognisable, it is said this car is taking the Aston design in a completely different direction.
The car’s name is also leading to further speculation that this project, if a success, will lead to further collaborations between the two. It has also been suggested that a car in the more traditional supercar bracket of around £250,000 could follow, although Aston Martin refuse to be drawn in on the speculation.
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