Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have teamed up to devise an outrageous new hypercar, codenamed AM-RB 001.
Set to go on sale in 2018, the two-seater hypercar has been labelled a “truly unique and innovative road car”, combining the vision and skills of two world-leading brands.
Named after the two companies (in case you didn’t spot that), the AM-RB 001 promises a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, which means it produces 1bhp for every kg of weight.
Its kerb weight and power output haven’t been confirmed yet but with a high-revving, naturally-aspirated V12 engine mid-mounted inside a lightweight carbon fibre structure, it’s feasible to expect the AM-RB 001 to tip the scales at just under than a ton, which would give it around 900bhp – almost three times as much grunt as Honda’s Civic Type R.
The project has been spearheaded by Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman and director of special projects David King.
Newey and Reichman have been working closely to ensure the AM-RB 001 is an unprecedented fusion of form and function.
This isn’t some bonkers concept car that will never legally touch an inch of public road though.
The final car is intended to be entirely useable and enjoyable as a road car, but with the capacity to perform on a track like no road car before it. Comfort and interior space have been as much of a priority as its performance and handling apparently.
But if that still doesn’t impress you much, there’s a track-only version in development too which will deliver similar performance to an LMP1 Le Mans racer.
It will be built by David King and his team at Gaydon in the purpose-built facility created for Aston Martin’s original hypercar, the One-77.
Mr King described the process as challenging but a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.
“We’re all motivated to achieve great things and take Aston Martin to the absolute pinnacle of road car performance,” he commented.
Marek Reichman added that the AM-RB 001’s style “reflects its revolutionary nature, while possessing the form and beauty that makes it unmistakably an Aston Martin.”
The production-ready car will be truly exclusive with just 25 track-only versions expected to be built in addition to between 99 and 150 road cars.
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