The AM-RB 001 – which is the virtual successor to Aston Martin’s original hypercar, the One-77, will feature a new naturally aspirated V12 engine and a lightweight construction, which together will allow to achieve an incredible 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.
The development of this extreme vehicle was led by Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and F1 designer, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer.
Built around a lightweight carbon fiber structure, the AM-RB 001 is characterized by radical aerodynamics, with much of the downforce generated through the underfloor design, which left Reichman enough freedom to create the shapes of the body with the goal of expressing both the cutting-edge dynamism and the essence of the brand.
The expected total production volume will be between 99 and 150 road cars inclusive of all remaining prototypes and 25 track-only versions, with first deliveries commencing in 2018.
Aston Martin has also announced a track-only AM-RB 001, with projected performances in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, says of the AM-RB 001: “Working so closely alongside Adrian and an organisation like Red Bull Racing is a fabulous experience. By definition the objectives we’ve set for the car ensures there has never been an Aston Martin – or any car, actually – quite like the AM-RB 001. The shared challenge has been finding that magical tipping point where we achieve the most efficient engineering solutions and the most beautiful styling solutions without any compromises. My personal challenge has been expressing the AM-RB 001’s extraordinary performance and the unique way in which it delivers that performance. Its style reflects its revolutionary nature, while possessing the form and beauty that makes it unmistakably an Aston Martin.”
Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, commented: “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 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.”
(Source: Aston Martin)