Meet the All-New Aston Martin Red Bull Hypercar
The latest power couple to rock the automotive world isn’t simply a tie-up between two world-class auto manufacturers; instead, it’s something a bit… racier. Earlier this year, British luxury car marque Aston Martin announced a technological partnership with top-notch Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing. The more public result of that relationship sees Aston Martin logos on each of Red Bull’s 2016 F1 cars. The behind-the-scenes fruit of that partnership? This. Revealed early on July 5th, this stunning machine is the 2018 AM-RB 001 hypercar, a joint project between the two companies and the melding of two brilliant engineering and design minds—Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey and Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman. Between 99 and 150 of these jaw-dropping road cars will be built, along with 25 more razor edged track-only versions. Need one? Pricing has yet to be announced, but don’t expect these to be cheap. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2018 AM-RB 001 Hypercar
As is clearly evident from the newly revealed machine, it’s truly a "hypercar" in design. Both Newey and Reichman are said to be working very closely on all of the vehicle’s design and engineering elements. In fact, key to Newey’s advanced work in F1 racing, the AM-RB 001 is said to develop most of its aerodynamic downforce through under-body elements, allowing Reichman to craft a body that remains faithful to Aston Martin design and styling.
Beneath its flowing lines, which were first teased in March, the hypercar’s chassis is said to be composed largely of carbon fiber, and houses a mid-mounted V12 engine, likely of similar origins to Aston’s current tip-top V12 offering found in the track-only Vulcan supercar.
Horsepower figures have yet to be announced, however the firms do say that the hypercar aims to achieve a power-to-weight ratio of one-to-one (one horsepower per kilogram). Performance of the track-only version is claimed to rival that of today's Le Mans LMP1 prototype sports cars. Yikes! The car’s suspension and transmission are said to be wholly clean-sheet designs, conceived by Newey himself.
“I’ve long harbored the desire to design a road car,” said Newey. “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.”
Aston Martin says deliveries for its AM-RB 001 hypercars will begin in 2018. Aston will build each car on a special assembly line at its Gaydon facility, originally built to produce the rarified Aston Martin One-77.
Stay tuned for more details as they are released, and though it’s unconfirmed, expect to see the car reappear in full production guise at one of next year’s premiere auto shows.
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