Pagani. Lamborghini. Ferrari. McLaren. Ascari. Aston Martin? Yes, that’s right, an Aston Martin hypercar is in the making, and Aston has partnered with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team to do so! The project, codenamed ‘AM-RB 001’, is the next step in bringing Formula 1 (F1) technology to the road.
The collaboration will see Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, and Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, working closely toward a brand-new Aston Martin hypercar!
“Formula One offers the ultimate global stage to build wider awareness of the Aston Martin brand,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. “However, this partnership will deliver even more than that when the hypercar that Aston Martin and Adrian Newey are in the process of developing hits the road.”
F1 is a great place to test out technology for any kind of car, and technology developed there often trickles down into consumer vehicles. This partnership will merge the strongest elements Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin’s aerodynamics, composites, and manufacturing techniques that are sure to produce something titillating and dynamic.
The new hypercar will also mark the return of Aston Martin to Grand Prix racing for the first time since 1960. According to Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner, the project will “[harness the] Formula One DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars.”
A tall order, but one that Aston Martin and Red Bull are not only eager to meet but capable of exceeding, too. Marek Reichman, the leading designer for the AM-RB 001 project has created such unique and indelible cars as the Aston Martin Vulcan and the One-77, not to mention the recently unveiled DB11.
“We are in the process of developing a hypercar that combines the latest in aerodynamics from F1 and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin sports car,” Reichman said. “Unconstrained by F1 regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.”
With nearly 30 years of F1 expertise having designed World Championship-winning Formula One cars, Adrian Newey has plenty experience from which to draw. However, the new partnership will give him a challenge.
“From the age of six, I have had two goals in life: to be involved in the design of racing cars and to be involved in the design of a supercar. Whilst the former ambition went on to form my career to date, the latter has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years,” Newey said. “The opportunity to now develop and realize those ideas whilst working with Marek and his colleagues from Aston Martin is tremendously exciting. It allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1 into a new arena.”
More than 103 years ago, Aston Martin was born from the racing exploits of Lionel Martin, and the company he created made its international debut in the 1922 French Grand Prix. The tradition continued in 1959 when Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby had a stunning win at the Le Mans 24 Hours; a famous moment in Aston Martin Motorsports heritage. In modern times, the 2005 Aston Martin Racing Team took three wins at Le Mans.
This year, they’ll be returning to the Circuit de la Sarthe in June. Red Bull Racing will also be celebrating the partnership by carrying Aston Martin’s iconic wings logo on their RB12s throughout the f2016 season.
While research and development of the all-new Aston Martin hypercar AM-RB 001 project just begun, you can purchase the car of your dreams at your local AutoNation dealership. Stop by and talk to a sales representative about your own set of wheels!