It seems like Aston Martin and Red Bull are going all-out for their upcoming mid-engine hypercar collaboration. The two companies have assembled a dream team of multi championship-winning F1 designer Adrian Newey and Aston Martin stylist Marek Reichman to build a car they hope will render the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 obsolete. Details have been somewhat scarce so far, but slowly we're getting a trickle of info on the project, currently dubbed the AM-RB 001.
Newey and Reichman revealed some information in an published Tuesday. One of the most interesting tidbits is that the AM-RB 001 won't use a version of the new twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 being built for the upcoming DB11. We reported on a previous rumor that suggests the AM-RB 001 will get a 7.0-liter V12, but as of right now, this isn't confirmed.
In the interview, all Reichman said is that everything on this upcoming car will be "completely unique." Clearly, that would mean an exclusive drivetrain for the hypercar.
If nothing else, this tells us that the development of this car will be very expensive, since it isn't cheap to engineer entirely new parts for a car where only 99 examples will be built (with an undetermined amount of track-only models as well). It's also a bit of a departure for Aston Martin, which only recently started developing all-new motors after years of basing its engines off of 1990s Ford and Jaguar designs.
In the interview, Newey and Reichman say that the AM-RB 001 will use all sorts of yet-to-be-specified lightweight materials and advanced aerodynamics, but it will also be a usable road car.
"[W]e tried to create a car of two characters," said Newey. "A car that's capable of very extreme performance when you want it to be, but equally if you're stuck in a traffic jam on the King's Road it's still a comfortable place to be."
"Marek and I would like it to be a car that, if you want to commute in it, you can."
The more we learn about the AM-RB 001, the more it sounds like the McLaren F1–a car designed by a Formula 1 wizard that offered game-changing performance, but was still easily driven on public roads at sane speeds. The similarities have set our expectations very high for the AM-RB 001.