You won’t believe the top speed of Aston Martin’s highly-anticipated AM-RB 001 hypercar.
Aston Martin caused quite a stir when it unveiled the absolutely insane AM-RB 001 hypercar (don't worry, that's not the final name) co-developed by F1's Red Bull Racing team. It's easy to see why: this is a 1000-hp car that weighs less than 1000 kg with a perfect power-to-weight ratio. And it's legitimately road-legal. Only 150 are being made, but it's already sold out, despite its hefty price tag of over $4 million. If this didn't already sound enticing enough, wait until you find out the specs.
In an interview with Australian website Motoring, design director Marek Reichman revealed that the AM-RB 001 will reach a top speed "upwards of 250 mph," thanks to its bespoke, naturally-aspirated V12 engine which will displace between 6.0 - 7.0-liters and rev to 9500 rpm. This beast doesn't sound like it should be road-legal. Reichman also explained how the Aston's light weight gives the car a plethora of advantages over its current hypercar rivals, the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918. "Given that it weighs only 1000 kg, it means the brakes don't have to be so big. It means the steering has a great feel," he said.
"The reason we can keep it to 1000 kg is because all the electronics and pipework is sat behind the driver. All the connections for the cooling are in the rear part of the car, so everything is set up in the most efficient way possible." All this means you'll feel completely connected to the car. "Everything that takes place in the car, the driver feels. They're not muted from the experience," he continued. "It's powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated V12, and we wanted this to be the most incredible sounding car out there. You'll be able to take off any piece of the car and put it up on a pedestal. It will be a piece of art."
The first prototypes are expected to hit the road in late 2017. Production is then set to finish in 2018, with customer deliveries expected to commence in late 2018 into 2019. A track-variant of the AM-RB 001 is also in development, which is a terrifying prospect.