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The Brainchild of Adrian Newey and Aston Martin Unveiled

Patrick Hoffstetter July 6, 2016 Cars You Should Know 10 Comments

When it was announced earlier this year that Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin would be teaming up to give the British brand a hypercar, there was much excitement. Now, four months after the announcement we have our first look at the project, named the AM-RB001.

The car will have aerodynamics penned by Adrian Newey, the most successful F1 designer of the modern era. It also boasts a naturally aspirated V12 engine, and one horsepower for every kilogram of (it’s sure to be low) curb weight. It’s claimed that the car will have lap times comparable to modern LMP1 cars. That’s big talk for Aston Martin, but this car is already feeling like a modern McLaren F1.

With Newey freed from the constraints of F1 rules, he will be able to heap tons of downforce and design tricks on this car. The other interesting choice is to have a naturally aspirated V12 with no boosts available. The teams hope that low weight and high power will be able to keep up with and blow away the current crop of hypercars.

Oh, and don’t expect to see this car on the road anytime soon. It’s still in development, and word is that it’s also already sold out.

aston martin rb001

Any collaboration with between an F1 team and an automaker is exciting news, and even if the juxtaposition of the two brands is a tad odd, I think this car will be exciting to watch as it develops. Seeing Newey free of constraints is also very exciting. Red Bull and Aston Martin have both been resurgent lately. The racing team was able to claim the top step earlier this year, and the British automaker has the amazing Vulcan out and about with the DB11 waiting to shine.

What do you think of the new hypercar? Think it can match the might of McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche?

  • Batshitbox

    One horsepower per kilogram… wow.

    I think I have an idea for a new science museum display. A one kilogram weight on a small sled with really great bearings, and a radar gun. You shove the weight as hard as you can at the radar gun to get an idea of how much force it takes to accelerate one kilo up to as fast as you can. I’ll bet you can get it up to 30 mph in 1/4 second. Then I’d have to demonstrate how much more powerful a single horsepower is than your arm. That’s probably where the comedy, and the lawsuit, comes in.

    • It’s one of the most important factors in performance. That’s about to the LMP1 power to weight ratio when all of the hybrid assist has kicked in. Or an Indycar at full boost. F1 is more like 1.25:1, and Top Fuel is near as makes no difference to 4.75:1.

      That said, without using your legs, I will bet you can’t get a kilo to 30mph in a quarter of a second. That’s 0.72 hp. Maybe over a longer time period. A slacker like me can expect to put out 0.2hp over the course of a ride. A professional cyclist can do more like 0.33hp, with a peak sprint of 1.6hp.

      • Vairship

        Depends on the horse, doesn’t it? Sure, if you take a live horse it might be stronger than my arm…

  • engineerd

    This could be beyond hypercar. What’s beyond hypercar? Ground effects spaceship?

  • Bugatti, Ferrari and McLaren take notice please. Aston has built a Stunning looking hypercar. What’s your excuse for the abominations that are the Veyron/Chiron, LaF*&king ugly and P1????

    • Man, you are so wrong about the LaFerrari and P1. They are both beautiful.

      • No, they are fucking ugly. LAF is way uglier then the P1 though

  • outback_ute

    It will be an achievement if they can get 1000-1100 hp n/a; I will be surprised if the car is lighter than that.

    Having read the Driving Ambition book on the McLaren F1 I wonder if this would be a true successor in the sense of being the purest driver’s car possible rather than ‘just’ the fastest.

  • CraigSu

    Another One:1, eh? Aston Martin tries to out-Koenigsegg Koenigsegg.

    • As much as I like the Koenigsegg guys, I feel like this car has more credibility due to the people involved. Less brute force turbo power, and more smart NA aero.

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