This promises to be something very special.
The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 has the potential to be a truly ground-breaking hypercar. Currently in development in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the radical hypercar promises to be a racecar for the road, with 1,000 horsepower and a 1:1 power to weight ratio. Details have been kept under wraps since its reveal last summer, but now Aston Martin has revealed the technical partners that have made this engineering marvel possible – and it's quite a star-studded list.
Each technical partner was selected by Aston Martin and Red Bull for their "unrivaled expertise and willingness to push the performance boundaries." The AM-RB 001's beating heart will be a high-revving, 6.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V12 engine developed by the legendary Cosworth, a name that's synonymous with performance and motorsport pedigree. Aston Martin will be utilizing Cosworth's Formula One and high performance engine production experience to extract as much power out of the AM-RB 001 as possible. The AM-RB 001's extraordinary engine will be mated to a bespoke seven-speed paddle-shift transmission designed and manufactured by Ricardo.
Construction of the lightweight carbon fiber MonoCell will be handled by Multimatic, a composite expert Aston Martin also enlisted to work on the One-77 and Vulcan. Rimac will be developing the AM-RB 001's lightweight hybrid battery system - the same Croatia-based company responsible for the blisteringly-fast Concept-One electric hypercar. With a 1:1 power ratio, the AM-RB 001 requires significant stopping power, to say the least. Step forward Alcon and Surface Transforms, which will be supplying lightweight, high performance brake calipers and carbon discs.
The exhaustive list of technical partners doesn't end there: Bosch will be developing the AM-RB 001's bespoke ECU, traction control unit and ESP, while the full-LED headlights and taillights will be provided by Wipac. "Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort. To achieve great things you need to surround yourself with the best people," Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, commented. "Experience, creativity, energy, diligence and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project."
Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art." "Making the AM-RB 001 presents huge challenges. It's a real test of everyone involved, but that's as it should be, for we're genuinely raising the bar with this car," VP and Chief Special Operations Officer David King added. "That's what makes the project so special, and why having the right technical partners is so critical. Some of those names we're working with are long-standing suppliers of Aston Martin, but there are some new names in there, too."
Whether forging fresh partnerships or building on existing relationships, the AM-RB 001 project is a shared engineering adventure we're all relishing." The exact weight of the AM-RB 001 still hasn't been revealed, but it should only weigh 1,000 kg to achieve a 1:1 power to weight ratio. As a result, 0-200 mph will only take 10 seconds, and the AM-RB 001 will go on to reach a top speed of over 250 mph. Only 150 road-going examples will be built costing around $3 million each, along with 25 track-only variants. Deliveries are expected to start in 2019. If you hadn't already gathered, the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is going to be something very, very special.