RED BULL RACING’S Adrian Newey has teamed up with Aston Martin to create what is possibly the world’s most outrageous road-car.
Adrian Newey and Red Bull Racing have created special concepts in the past, most notably 2010’s futuristic look into F1’s future, the X2010.
That car was a work of fiction though, made in a digital universe in conjunction with the Gran Turismo Playstation game, and designed to break pretty much all the rules and all the physics; even featuring fan-aided downforce! That’s ‘fan-aided’ as in, a turbine sucking the car to the ground, not just the collective support of those standing trackside, willing the car round the corners that little bit faster.
This time however, the proposition is significantly more fourth-dimentional. That’s because their partner for this enterprise is world-renowned maker of actual cars; Aston Martin.
The car you see in these pictures is 100% real, and will go into production in both track-only and road legal guises; complete with a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated, V12 petrol engine. Oh how we love reading those words!
The AM-RB 001 isn’t just about brute force though. Actual details are scarce, but just looking at these pictures, the aerodynamics are pretty extreme and clearly F1-inspired. I mean, just look at that cut out behind the front wheel arch!
Aston is claiming that the car will have a barely believable 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. That means 1bhp per kilo. Or to put it a more impressive way; 1000bhp per tonne. That, says Aston, is enough to put the AM-RB 001 on the same kind of performance playing field as today’s top LMP1 cars.
How they’ve achieved this we don’t yet know, but you can expect some exotic composite materials and some good old-fashioned engineering genius.
Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, said, “I’ve long harboured the desire to design a road car. Aston Martin was at the top of my list. I knew Red Bull Racing had the ability to handle the pure performance aspects, but Aston Martin’s experience of making beautiful, fast and comfortable GT cars is of great benefit to the project. I’ve always been adamant that the AM-RB 001 should be a true road car that’s also capable of extreme performance on track, and this means it really has to be a car of two characters. That’s the secret we’re trying to put into this car – the technology that allows it to be docile and comfortable, but with immense outright capabilities.”
The total production run will be between 99-150 road-legal examples and 25 track-only cars. Prices have yet to be announced, but given the technology and performance on offer, you can expect it to be pretty astronomical. Purchase will almost certainly be by invitation only though, so you’ll not only need to be phenomenally wealthy to buy one, but also somebody Aston Martin deems important enough.