We Can't Get Enough Of The Aston Martin AM-RB 001


We haven't seen the full hand yet, but we now have a good idea of what the AM-RB's bringing to the table.

The official reveal event may be well over and done with, but that doesn't mean we're done and dusted with the Aston Martin AM-RB 001. Not only is it borderline immoral to cut back on our coverage of what's set to be the 21st Century's equivalent of the McLaren F1, but we're still sitting on pages of notes from the car's launch presentation and the Q&A sessions that followed. As a result, we've compiled another list of interesting factoids attained from the AM-RB's official unveiling, complete with pictures of the hypercar in a range of different colors.

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Fact 1: It's gonna get a sexier name. A quick browse throuh Aston Martin's back catalogue reveals a whole horde of, frankly, awesome car names. Vanquish, Vulcan, Vantage, Virage and so on. In the grand scheme of things, the new hypercar's denomination of 'AM-RB 001' doesn't exactly rank up there with the best that Aston's conjured up over the years. Mercifully, then, it was revealed by Aston Martin boss Dr Andy Palmer that this new track-inspired hypercar will indeed by christened with a title that's far removed from the working title we all know the car as currently. What this new name is remains to be seen, but you can safely bet your bottom dollar that whatever name is chosen will likely begin with the letter 'V.'

Fact 2: The Red Bull partnership hasn't pissed off the Daimler stakeholders. With the performance targets for the AM-RB, it's understandable why Aston Martin decided to enlist the Red Bull F1 team via its new Applied Technologies subsidiary to assist in the car's development, rather than rely on the GT-focused works Aston Martin Racing team. What is surprising, though, is that Mercedes' parent company and Aston stakeholder Daimler didn't object to the partnership (remember, Mercedes also has its own F1 team). On the contrary, Dr Andy Palmer stated that, actually, Daimler "is cool with" the new working relationship between Red Bull and Aston Martin.

Fact 3: It's a far different beast to the Holy Trinity. Given the rumours of hybridisation, it's easy to compare the new Aston Martin with the LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and McLaren P1. However, Adrian Newey doesn't actually see the Aston as a direct rival, citing the AM-RB's emphasis on simplicity being at odds with the "heavier than they need to be" Holy Trinity. In fact, Newey not only believes the AM-RB 001 has more in common conceptually with the straightforward-yet-blisteringly-fast Noble M600 than the latest crop of hybrid hypercars, but reckons the Noble's back-to-basics nature is the main reason why it's often far faster than almost everything else on the Goodwood hill climb course. The phrase "shots fired" seems to be quite appropriate, don't you think?

Fact 4: A track day program is being considered. This one is only of real relevance to the track-only version of the AM-RB 001, for obvious reasons, but it's still an interesting snippet of info to uncover. As the scheme's only being considered at the moment, we can't say for certain how it will function, but we'd imagine the scheme would be closer in terms of the driver training ethos of the P1 GTR's track day program, rather than Ferrari's development-centric XX initiative. What we can glean from this, though, is that it all-but-confirms the car will genuinely be limited to use on race circuits, and not follow in the footsteps of the Vulcan by having the option of road legal homologation factored into the design from the off.

Fact 5: Designing the AM-RB hasn't been that challenging. Even though the car's been optimised for aerodynamic efficiency, the design team behind this sub-40ft tall supercar has had a remarkable amount of freedom in devising its shape. All the ground effects-esque downforce we discussed in our prior 5 Facts article gave Marek Reichman and his team loads of freedom to sculpt a shape that, whilst still developed with airflow in mind, isn't 100% dictated by it. In fact, the biggest challenge Reichman faced when designing the car involved putting to one side the realisation of (and we're quoting Reichman word-for-word here): "Oh sh*t. I get to design the most perfect car". As burdens go, that's quite a unique one.

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