Its time to rip up the hypercar rule book.
This is the AM-RB 001: A radical new hypercar forged from a partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull, the rule book of what a road car is capable of will have to be rewritten once again. Unveiled today at Aston's HQ in Gaydon, UK, the revolutionary AM-RB 001 is the brainchild of Adrian Newey, the world's most successful F1 designer, and Marek Reichman, responsible for penning some of the most beautiful cars ever made and who boldly claimed "there has never been an Aston Martin - or any car, actually - quite like the AM-RB 001."
Aston's David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, will oversee production of the AM-RB 001 at Gaydon's purpose-built facility where the One-77 was made. Technical specs will be announced "in due course" but Aston did reveal that at the heart of the breathtaking hypercar will be a new mid-mounted high-revving naturally aspirated V12, capable of achieving a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. We suspect power output will be in the region of 1,000 hp, and the car's lightweight carbon-fiber structure will tip the scales at 1,000 kg. As you can see from its dramatic, yet elegant design, the aerodynamics are like nothing witnessed on a road-legal car before, with the bulk of the "unprecedented levels of downforce" generated via underfloor aerodynamics.
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO, commented: "The AM-RB 001 is a truly remarkable project and something of which I'm extremely proud. As the project gathers pace its clear the end result will be a truly history-making hypercar that sets incredible new benchmarks for packaging, efficiency and performance and an achievement that elevates Aston Martin to the very highest level." Designed bespoke from the tires up, the AM-RB 001 will boast a suspension system with innovative technology and a brand-new transmission conceived by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
Despite its compact packaging, the AM-RB 001 will "offer genuine comfort and space for driver and passenger" in keeping with its dual personality of offering genuine road manners coupled with extreme performance on the track. Aston says it will build between 99 and 150 roads cars, while a track-only variant is also in development that will have performance comparable to today's LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes, with 25 units to be made. First deliveries will commence in 2018.