Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001 Concept Unveiled
Teased earlier this year in a design sketch, the Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001has been revealed by the British automaker. Although some details have yet to be finalized, this first-ever collaboration between Aston Martin and Formula One powerhouse Red Bull Racing aims to set new benchmarks for performance on the street as well as on track when deliveries commence sometime in 2018.
V12 power and radical ground effects design
Light, compact and loaded with technology culled directly from the world’s most formidable competition machines, the AM-RB 001 model was designed by Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey in concert with Marek Reichman, Aston’s Chief Creative Officer and with help from project partner AF Racing AG. Featuring full carbon fiber construction, the radically styled coupe reportedly will have “unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car,” thanks to Newey’s use of ground effects bodywork coupled with active aerodynamic devices. AM-RB has confirmed the limited-production car will be made in both street-legal and track-only variants, fitted with a high-revving naturally aspirated V12 engines producing phenomenal one-horsepower to two-pounds of weight ratio -- a stat that promises to make at least the track versions as quick as current Le Mans LMP1 prototypes.
Motive force will head to the AM-RB 001’s rear wheels via a custom gearbox designed by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Like today’s F1 and Le Mans prototypes, the car also will feature a sophisticated energy recovery system -- although there’s no word yet as to whether it will further bolster the engine’s anticipated 900-horse output. To ensure world-class corner carving capabilities while maintaining daily-driver ride qualities, the AM-RB 001 will ride on a suspension also designed by Newey which will allow it “to be docile and comfortable, but with immense outright capabilities.” No details were provided as to its specific configuration. We’ll also have to wait a while to find out what lies inside the car’s competition-inspired cabin.
The AM-RB 001 will be built in the Aston Martin’s facility in Gaydon that was created to turn out the automaker’s One-77 hypercar. Current plans call for between 99-150 road-going models and 25 track-ready examples to be constructed under the supervision of David King, Aston Martin’s VP and Chief Special Operations Officer. In summing up the package, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO, called the AM-RB 001 “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.” And speaking of elevating things to the very highest level, while pricing has not been announced, sources in indicate the AM-RB 001 will open well above $3 million.