Aston Martin & Red Bull Racing Unveil AM-RB 001 Hypercar, Deliveries Set For 2018

While full technical specs will be revealed in due course, according to both Aston Martin as well as RBR, the AM-RB 001’s high-revving naturally aspirated V12 is potent enough to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, or 1 BHP per kilo of weight.

The AM-RB 001 is engineered to be perfectly usable and enjoyable on the road, but with the ability to perform like no other road car when driven on a race track. Though, future customers only interested in its racing performance will be glad to know that a track-only AM-RB 001 is also in development, projected to be as fast as a LMP1 Le Mans sports prototype.

Charged with developing the AM-RB 001 were Red Bull Racing chief technical offider Adrian Newey, Aston Martin EVP & chief creative officer Marek Reichman and David King, VP & chief special operations officer. Together they formed a formidable alliance, one that led to the AM-RB 001’s truly radical aerodynamics and what they call “unprecedented levels of downforce”, for a road legal car.

To start off, the AM-RB 001 is built around a lightweight carbon fiber structure, and thanks to Newey’s designs, most of the downforce in generated through underfloor aerodynamics – which in turn left Reichman free to make the car look like something worthy of an Aston Martin badge.

Both its innovative suspension system and its transmission were designed by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies. The goal was to make the car cope with extreme aerodynamic loadings at high speeds, yet provide drivers with good on-road usability as well as comfort levels. So despite the AM-RB 001’s light and compact nature, it can still comfortably house a driver, passenger and a mid-mounted V12 engine.

“I’ve long harbored the desire to design a road car,” confessed Adrian Newey. “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.”

Aston Martin president & CEO Dr Andy Palmer also broached the subject, saying that as this project “gathers pace it’s clear the end result will be a truly history-making hypercar that sets incredible new benchmarks for packaging, efficiency and performance and an achievement that elevates Aston Martin to the very highest level.”

Until the project is finalized, 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, where they used to make the One-77. In total, there will be between 99 and 150 AM-RB 001 hypercars, including all remaining prototypes and the 25 track-only versions.

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  • Zandit75

    Considering the build up, this is a major disappointment.

    • c3vzn

      It looks crazy to me, so much aero trickery. It’s just that they’ve picked a very dull colour to unveil it in.

      • LOVE FORCE ONE

        you talk like a muslim immigrant

        • c3vzn

          Well that is the strangest reply I’ve ever received on the internet.

          • LOVE FORCE ONE

            talk about about pot calling the kettle black

          • c3vzn

            There once was a pot named Jim. He looked across the table and saw a kettle. Jim said you’re black, Steve the Kettle said I know.

            The End.

          • anonymous

            And probably one of the most bigot reply you’ll ever get :

          • Christopher Sansom

            Weird if you ask me

        • Christopher Sansom

          Oh you mean Lewis Hamilton don’t you

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Huh? He’s not muslim.

    • TheHake

      WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?

      • radio raheem

        hes on drugs lmfao

  • Six Thousand Times

    Cool, I guess but I’d never get away with buying a tandem-seater. 😉

  • 59soni

    They can’t be serious about those headlights. They look like any 90s supercar’s.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      They are actually covered according to The Verge.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    Hype, hype, hype. “Adrian Newey designs”; really? I bet he spent about 5 minutes looking at the thing…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I can see all the F1 cues. Can’t wait for the track model. Dissapointed they didn’t unveil it in Red Bull Matte Blue though…

    • fabri99

      Or any other colour. It’s a hypercar, make it flashy. Grey ain’t even a colour…

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Preach!

        • fabri99

          For a second I thought you were suggesting PEACH as colour to launch a hypercar in.
          I mean, I know that it is old people who have the money, but…

          • Tumbi Mtika

            LMAO

          • TheHake

            Pagani Hyaura…

          • fabri99

            Ok maybe you forgot what PEACH is. The Huayra was a nice shade of metallic whatever, like some pink/lillac malaysian lotus. Not peach. Peach were sofas in the 70s. British Leyland cars… Not even peaches are colour peach.

          • TheHake

            It looked equally kak!

  • donald seymour

    You have to understand that the F1 cars to begin with are hideous and ugly. So, to place the front fascia on a road car is not a great idea concerning the aesthetics department. The side and the back looks okay, but the front looks horrible. This is an Aston for crying out loud, and therefore it should look beautiful by default, period. AstonMartin, I’m waiting on your take. Are you glad that your favorite company has taken this route?

    • KenjiK

      The front looks like some ugly fish… can’t remember which one though…

      • fabri99

        Catfish.
        Which could also work out well if this car turns out to be a disappointment performance-wise.

    • Vassilis

      Form follows function my friend. There’s a certain kind of beauty when something is designed in order to perform a function. It’s purposeful.

      • donald seymour

        You know what, that is a very true statement. That being said, I feel like that I’m approaching this from the wrong perspective. See, I’m thinking along the lines of the P1, LaFerrari , and 918; however, If I were to re-approach it from the angle of the Radical series of cars then it would all make sense to me. Its basically a Radical competitor versus the sanctified three. So, in that sense it makes sense. But as a competitor for the 918 and so on, I don’t see that happening.

  • 911

    Wow this is amazing, look at all those huge gaps! Where the hell did he fit a V12 with transmission and how high will the the driver’s and passenger’s legs go? And considering the amount of holes Newey put in it, it still looks pretty damn good.

    • Tydogg123 .

      You ride and drive in the fetal position.

  • TheHake

    Looks fragile…

  • Denzel

    I think this is epic no matter how old it looks the power and grip is going to be mind boggling

  • Dustin

    I like how they’re using the exhaust to manipulate downforce with the rear wing.

    But it looks as much like an Aston Martin as the Aerotech looked like an Oldsmobile…

  • fabri99

    I feel…confused about this car. On one hand, I’m super-excited because it’s going to be mind-blowing, but on the other I’m quite disappointed for the way it looks. I love the 90s vibe they gave it and the almost alien front end could have been wonderful (but isn’t), but…well, the rest of the car looks like a poorly made rendering of some sorts. It’s…ugly. Also, I would have troubles getting in because I haven’t figured out yet where doors are supposed to be. It’s just way to unreal and unpractical to be a contender for the hyper-trio and not good looking enough. Probably impressive, but I struggle to love it.

  • Enzo

    Wow… amazing. Very, very nice. Well done. Will place an order directly.

  • Alecs

    Aerodinamic very closed like La Ferrari,what to say…Impressive but not original!!!

  • Vassilis

    Very interesting.

  • ivan

    Let down

  • 3rdworldjunkie

    Beautiful…

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