ASTON MARTIN RED BULL AM-RB 001: MORE DETAILS

The upcoming new AM-RB 001 hyper car being jointly developed by Aston Martin and does not need to be great, because all 150 units have already been pre-sold, despite the buyers having never even driven the car. It’s only due to be delivered in 2019. Regardless, if you are lucky enough to be one of 150, here are a few fresh details about the car.

Most importantly we know who will supply the engine. Curiously it is not Aston Martin itself. Instead British engineering firm Cosworth will get the honours with a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12. No turbos allowed. In their place is an electric motor and battery system to be supplied by Rimac. The AM-RB 001 will apparently boast a 1:1 bhp to kilograms ratio. Assuming it weighs in at around 1 500kg it means it will set a power figure of about 1 100kW or 1.1MW. Of course it could weigh even less, about 1 000kg, which would give it 1 000 bph (745kW).

The car’s carbon fibre monocell will be supplied by Multimatic, while the 7-speed paddle-shift transmission is being developed by Ricardo, to the precise specifications of Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Multimatic is an old partner of Aston Martin and has worked with the brand on projects such as the One-77 and the Vulcan.

Aston Martin Red Bull AM-RB 001 Concept.

To guarantee maximum efficiency, performance and dynamic control, electronics expert Bosch has been entrusted with developing bespoke Engine Control Unit (ECU), Traction Control Unit (TCU) and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) systems for the AM-RB 001, while UK light manufacturer, Wipac, is responsible for the hypercar’s full LED headlamps and tail lamps.

Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, says of the technical partners supporting the AM-RB 001 project: “Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort. To achieve great things you need to surround yourself with the best people. Experience, creativity, energy, diligence and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.

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