Red Bull, Aston Martin breed new supercarPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 06 July 2016
A PARTNERSHIP between Aston Martin and the Red Bull Formula 1 team has produced an off-spring — the AM-RB 001 supercar unveiled in London this week.
Announced in March, the AM-RB 001 is the result of a collaboration between race-car designer Adrian Newey (left) and Aston Martin chief designer Marek Reichman.
The two groups have made no secret of their intention to produce a car unrivalled by the current crop of ‘hypercars’, led by the likes of Porsche’s 918 Spyder, the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
In a statement the partnership described the AM-RB 001 as “a car engineered to be entirely useable and enjoyable as a road car, but with the capability to perform like no road car before it on a race track”.
Many details of the AM-RB 001’s mechanical package and performance capabilities are still to come, but a naturally-aspirated V12 engine, with no added electric motivation, has been revealed as its power source.
Few details of the powertrain have been released but British magazine Autocar claims it has confirmed the car will weigh less than one tonne, hinting at a power figure in the neighbourhood of 900bhp.
The report also claims the engine is unrelated to the DB11’s new 5.2 turbo V12, and while Aston Martin and Red Bull have not confirmed such details, the magazine also claims that an F1-style brake energy recovery system is on board. As with its existence, its function has not been revealed.
The AM-RB 001’s low weight is due to extensive use of carbon-fibre structure. Newey’s technical design focused on “radical” underbody aerodynamics so that Reichman would be free to craft a styling-driven topside.
Newey says of the project: “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. The synergy between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin is clear.
“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.”
Production of the AM-RB 001 will be limited to “between” 99 and 150 road cars, along with 25 track-only versions.