This thing could change the supercar landscape forever.
The covers came off the AM-RB 001 earlier in the year, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about the hypercar being jointly developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. Part of that is due to the fact that the project is in its infancy and shrouded in secrecy. The Wall Street Journal was able to pull back the veil just a bit, with its recent article on the AM-RB 001 shedding a bunch of light on the car’s potential performance figures. So far the numbers sound just as insane as the car looks.
The WSJ went straight to the source for its info, with head designer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin chief designer Mark Reichman and project engineer David King all speaking to the outlet. That means estimations of the car doing 0-200 mph in 10 seconds are official, not just rumored. As is the estimated time for the AM-RB 001 to go from 200-0 mph, a stunning five seconds. That power will be kept planted firmly to the track thanks to the car’s extremely aerodynamic design. Models built solely for the track will be able to make an insane 4,000 pounds of downforce and corner at up to four g’s; there will be 150 street-legal AM-RB 001s and 25 built only for track days.
The goal is to have a 1:1 power-to-weight-ratio of 1,000 horsepower to 1,000 kilograms (dry weight). The AM-RB 001 will have an active suspension, although Newey wouldn’t divulge any details on it. The WSJ did learn that the car’s computers will know when it’s on the track, adjusting the ride height to just a few inches off the ground to maximize lap times. Aston Martin said the car would “offer genuine comfort and space for driver and passenger,” but that doesn’t sound like the case now. The car will stand just 39.5 inches tall and passengers will sit shoulder to shoulder just 4 inches above the ground. Deliveries should begin sometime in the first quarter of 2019, with the car costing some $3 million to purchase.
While all of these stats are breathtaking it’s important to note the caveat. None of these figures came from a physical prototype running wild on the track. They were all derived from computer simulations and are subject to change once an actual car is ready for testing. Still, if the AM-RB 001 is even half as fantastic as this story suggests it’ll be a revolution, an F1 car you can drive to the store and back.