Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have announced a partnership to create a hypercar that will go up against the likes of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari.
The partnership will combine the Formula One know how of Red Bull Racing with Aston Martin’s tried and tested sports car design, resulting in what Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner claims will be “the ultimate of all road cars”.
There’s very little to go on other than the fact the Aston Martin is going to be road-legal and that the project has the codename ‘AM-RB 001’, which seems like a deliberate nod towards James Bond if you ask us.
Wanting to break into the hypercar crowd is difficult enough, especially when the Bugatti Chiron recently joined the party, which also features the Porsche 918 Spyder, Koenigsegg Regera and Hennessey Venom GT.
But Aston knows this and has set the bar high; it reckons whatever it and Red Bull Racing come up with will be quicker around Britain’s Silverstone race track than the latest Formula One car. Just think about that.
To do that, you need a something like Aston’s 7.0-litre V12 from the Vulcan. Then a ton of downforce – supplied by Red Bull’s Adrian Newey, of course – and an extremely lightweight body. Carbon fibre seems like a sure bet. Hardly going to be a cheap car, then.
So what will the new Aston look like? The British manufacturer will undoubtedly stick to its trademark style, but to keep up with an F1 car will require serious aerodynamic revisions – the sort seen on its DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo car (below).
Adrian Newey and Aston Martin’s Marek Reichman are the brains behind the road car, which will be shown (to some extent, at least) before we say hello to 2017. How long before it reaches production after that is anyone’s guess.
Speaking to the chaps at Top Gear, Reichman said: “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.”
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer added: “These are exciting times for Aston Martin and arriving hot on the heels of our DB11 launch earlier this month, this new partnership underlines that our brand really is racing again.”