What happens if we have a Formula One constructor collaborating with a renowned supercar marque? What if you get Red Bull Racing’s (RBR) technical genius, Adrian Newey, involved? The result is this, the AM-RB 001, a mind-boggling hypercar that could seriously give Formula One and LMP1 race cars a run for their money.
The AM-RB 001 hypercar will consist of two variants – a road car and a track-only car. The latter will run in limited numbers and will also be equipped with more downforce and lighter components. Apart from that, the track variant is expected to match the performance levels of the LMP1 cars from Audi, Porsche, and Audi and will meet the lap times of an F1 car in Silverstone in race trim.
Aerodynamics has always been Newey’s expertise, evidently proven by the number of championships racked up during their glory years in F1. Newey’s slippery touch extends to this project, and features an extensive ‘ground effect’ aerodynamics, thanks to humongous front and rear diffusers. The back comes with a curiously small active/adjustable rear wing.
More amazingly, unlike the holy trinity of hypercars that uses hybrid and electric power, the AM-RB 001 is strictly naturally aspirated, courtesy of a mid-mounted V12 lump, presumably the same 7.0-litre motor powering the Vulcan. However, both Aston Martin and RBR remained coy with the technical specs, probably a deliberate move to awe people with the car’s design – for now. The car is projected to boast a 1:1 power to weight ratio and weighs less than a tonne. Hence, expect no less than 900 hp from this beast.
Just like the engine, details on the gearbox, suspension, and interior are limited as well. Speaking of the interior, it’s strictly a two-seater and contains familiar creature comforts seen in recent Aston Martins. More details should surface by earl 2017.
The AM-RB 001 is limited to just 100 units, and under the words of Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, it will be “terribly expensive” at £2-3 million (approx RM16 million based on today’s exchange rates). If you aren’t expecting this, the car is hot on the market as over 300 interested parties are looking to secure themselves this masterpiece. However, priority is given to those who have purchased the Vulcan or One-77.