How many of these did you know prior to the car's unveiling?
It would have been exceptionally easy for us to not glean any new details on the new Aston Martin AM-RB 001. Even without the crazier elements of the reveal event (which mainly involved navigating our way through a facility we've never been to that was crammed with hordes of Aston employees and motoring journos), we could have simply just gawped in awe at the new hypercar. However, pick the minds of the Aston Martin and Red Bull higher-ups we did, and here are the top five facts we jotted down during the AM-RB's official unveiling.
Fact 1: Even the headlights are highly advanced. The lamps on the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 appear to have been one of the larger points of contention on the car at present. However, the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the radical two-seater doesn't actually have any illumination elements at the moment. The reason why they're currently just stickers? Because there's some seriously advanced technology being incorporated into them. So advanced, in fact, that neither Aston Martin or the light's supplier want to demonstrate them at the moment, in order to keep their secrets under wraps for a little bit longer. When the only snippet of info we can glean is that they're LEDs, you know there's some interesting tech at play here.
Fact 2: Aston's already earmarking special edition models. With a cap of 150 units and a current confirmed production run of 124 examples when you factor the track-only model, it doesn't take a mathematical genius to notice that there's over four-dozen AM-RB 001 examples unaccounted for at the moment. The reason for this is that, even at this incredibly early stage, Aston Martin is already putting examples aside for prospective special edition variants that may or may not be produced in the firm's former One-77 assembly facility. However, this doesn't mean 26 extra AM-RB examples will be offered to prospective clients, as some of those extra chassis will be used to underpin pre-production prototypes.
Fact 3: It's a crazy video game car brought to life. Anyone who's followed Adrian Newey's design antics outside of F1 will know he's dabbled in different projects; designing Ben Ainslie Racing's 2017 America's Cup yacht being perhaps the highlight of this work. Those of you who are Gran Turismo fans will also know Newey designed an 'X' series of radical single-seater racing cars - and it turns out a lot of the mindset behind developing them translated well to the AM-RB project. In fact, Newey himself described the AM-RB 001 in the launch presentation as "in some ways a covered X1". Okay, so there aren't any under-floor fans or shrouded front fenders, but you can see the similarities between the two if you look hard enough.
Fact 4: The AM-RB project is barely seven months old! More often than not, supercar projects have been cooking in the oven for years before they're showcased to the general public. The McLaren F1's journey from sketch to pre-production prototype, for instance, took a whopping four years. Things weren't the same with the AM-RB 001, however, as the partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull has only just passed the seven-month anniversary. In fact, the car itself was genuinely only informally signed off by Aston boss Dr. Andy Palmer and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner in January of this year, over a humble meal in a pub somewhere in the UK. As that age old idiom goes, "you can't make this stuff up!"
Fact 5: It doesn't need a rear wing. Considering the speeds the AM-RB 001 can achieve, it's surprising that the car only has a tiny rear wing. That small spoiler, though, is indicative of how much downforce the front splitter, the undertray and rear diffuser generate (the parts of the car that, unsurprisingly, Adrian Newey was responsible for). In fact, the rear spoiler itself is, according to Aston design director Marek Reichman, completely unnecessary, as the wind tunnel testing revealed the topside of the car was already incredibly efficient and effective at managing the airflow over the vehicle. As a result, the rear wing you see jutting out from the top of the scale model in the photos below will likely only be earmarked for the track-only model.