Aston's $3 million hypercar will be as quick as an F1 car and as beautiful as a One-77.
Aston Martin has announced its working on a "ground-breaking hypercar" in collaboration with Formula One team Red Bull Racing. Red Bull's Chief Technical Officer and the most successful F1 designer of all time, Adrian Newey, and Aston's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, who has been the carmaker's design chief since 2015 will join forces to create "the ultimate hypercar." Codenamed 'AM-RB 001,' the new hypercar will synergize cutting-edge F1 tech with an unmistakable Aston design.
Reichamn is the man behind such stunning creations as the One-77, Aston Martin Vulcan and the carmaker's latest offering, the DB11. "We are in the process of developing a hypercar that combines the latest in aerodynamics from F1TM and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin sports car," said Reichman. "The opportunity to collaborate with Adrian (Newey) and Red Bull Advanced Technologies will be a fascinating experience for everyone involved. Unconstrained by F1TM regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology."
The designer of ten World Championship winning F1 cars, Adrian Newey, revealed that: "From the age of six I have had two goals in life – to be involved in the design of racing cars, and to be involved in the design of a supercar. Whilst the former ambition went on to form my career to date, the latter has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years. The opportunity to now develop and realize those ideas whilst working with Marek and his colleagues from Aston Martin is tremendously exciting. It allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1TM into a new arena." Without revealing details, the single sketch is all we have to go on.
Styling will doubtless be heavily influenced by Newey's 30 years of F1 aerodynamics knowledge, while speaking with Auto Express, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said the hypercar will be more focused on being quick around a track than trying to beat the Bugatti Chiron in a drag race. As well as being "spectacularly beautiful" and roadworthy, the hypercar will have the ability to lap a circuit as quick as an F1 or LMP1 racecar. Power is likely to come from Aston's new V12 combined with an F1-style KERS hybrid system. Aston's hypercar will be ready for launch in 2018. Expect a price tag in the region of $3 million, and a 100-unit limited run production.