Title Updated With “Valkyrie” as Model Name (10/4/2018)
Today, Aston Martin revealed their most ambitious car yet, the AM-RB 001 hypercar, created in collaboration with Red Bull.
The AM-RB 001 (that won’t be the final name of the car) will be a road going car that has the capability of being raced to extreme limits on the track. While we don’t know the specifics of just how fast it will be able to go on a track, we do know that it will house a naturally aspirated V12 engine and have a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. To make the ratio possible, they’ve installed a massive engine into a car built entirely around a carbon fiber structure, making the shell of the car as light as can be. As for its transmission, Aston Martin notes that it’s a brand new one designed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and the world’s most successful F1 designer. The new suspension of the car was also designed with Newey’s help.
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“I’ve long harboured the desire to design a road car. The formation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies brought me a step closer to realising that ambition, but I believed we should work with an automotive manufacturer. Aston Martin was at the top of my list. The synergy between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin is clear. 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”. – Adrian Newey
For the production of the car, numbers will be pretty limited with only 99-150 examples being made, including the prototypes and 25 track-only examples. In the Facebook Live unveiling of the car, it was noted that the price of the car would be between £2-3 million ($2,615,400-3,923,000 USD at publishing time’s exchange rates). Aston Martin will start delivering the car come 2018.