Aston Martin AM-RB 001 To Use 6.5Lt Cosworth V12 & Ricardo Gearbox

Aston Martin has confirmed that the AM-RB 001 hypercar will use a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 developed by Cosworth.

One of the industry’s most well-regarded engine builders, Cosworth has a rich history in motorsport and should prove the perfect company to develop an engine potent enough to make the AM-RB 001 faster than a Formula One car.

It is estimated that this high-revving engine will produce a remarkable 900 hp without the use of any kind of forced induction. Additional power will come from an F1-style energy recovery system that collects energy produced under braking and then stored in batteries from Rimac.

A number of other familiar names will play a pivotal part in bringing the hypercar to life. They will include Ricardo which will supply the seven-speed transmissions, Bosch which will develop an ECU for the AM-RB 001 and Alcon and Surface Transforms who will produce the F1-spec brake calipers and ‘carbon carbon’ discs.

Elsewhere, Multimatic, the same company responsible for producing the 2017 Ford GT, will construct the Aston hypercar’s carbon fiber monocoque.

Speaking about the car and all the partners involved, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey said “Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort. To achieve great things you need to surround yourself with the best people. Experience, creativity, energy, diligence and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.”


  • Tumbi Mtika

    What? I’m sorry, I was staring at the RB12.

  • Dinyar Master

    cosworth, rimac, bosch, ricardo….. so what does this car have to do with aston? badge engineering at its most expensive

    • Jorge Teixeira

      Nothing. And the biggest (or saddest) joke is the “Adrian Newey designed it!!!” bit. As if a man with a job that demands his attention 24/7 would have time to develop a hypercar…

      • Adam Coats

        Adrian Newey has had a reduced role within the Red Bull F1 team for the past couple of years. This project was the reason for his stepping away some.

        • Jorge Teixeira

          That is simply not true

          • Adam Coats
          • Jorge Teixeira

            PR bullshit, nothing more. Or do you honestly believe that Red Bull would be happy to see his engineering star work only 50% in the team’s cars? Please

          • Adam Coats

            It is not unreasonable to think that Newey would split time between two different Red Bull projects simultaneously. They both make money for and promote the brand. A bit less arrogance would be nice to see on these comment sections. Everyone thinks their opinion is so damned important, and even when you present an opposing piece of evidence, it is just written off as bullshit. Humility is a nice trait people.

          • Jorge Teixeira

            I’m sorry it came off as arrogance, but your “piece of evidence” is just some PR sweet talk (I’m not saying “bullshit” anymore because it somehow upsetted you, although it wasn’t your opinion I said it was BS, just the Red Bull rose-tinted speech). Just to see how ludicrous this “Adrian Newey designed the new AM hypercar “is, can you imagine, say, Jose Mourinho, in the middle of the Premier League championship, leaving the Manchester Utd team for a few months to work as an adviser for an american football team? I think not…

    • Zandit75

      I’m wondering what your point is?
      Cosworth develop engines for anyone who wants them, Bosch develops ECU’s for just about every brand on the planet, and pretty much the same for Rimac.
      Do you think any other brands design, develop and produce every single item found in their cars?

      • Jorge Teixeira

        The point he was trying to make is that there’s very little of Aston Martin in this car. And let’s face it, how else would a company whose technology is years behind its competition build it? And answering your question, yes other car companies outsource some of their components. But NOT in the extent AM is doing with this project. Or are you trying to tell me Ferrari engines are made by FIAT, or that Mercedes buys its gearboxes from VW? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Aston Martin fan (blame on the 007 movies I loved as a little kid…), but this is just a PR stint

        • Zandit75

          I believe you’re missing a couple of words from your first sentence. “…There’s very little Aston Martin design language in this car” which is not to say that AM have not had a hand in the deign of the car, it is just missing that AM character.
          AM have never preached about being at the pointy end of technology, they are primarily a GT car, not a super/hyper car brand like Ferrari or Lamborghini. This is their chance to show off what is possible with some help.

          • Jorge Teixeira

            “Some help” I could live with, “pretty much everything in the car isn’t designed/developed/built In Gaydon” no, absolutely not. Ant the fact, that you even aknowledge, that the car is “missing that AM character is the final nail in the coffin

  • fabri99

    It still looks like one of those awful fish living in the depths of the ocean. Fix that.

  • no power on earth can remove the ugly shell of this car !!!

  • smartacus

    i’ll take it

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