Aston Martin's big plans near completion: 1000bhp hypercar and a burly SUV

Yolanda Curtis
February 16, 2017

Red Bull Racing chief technical officer and mastermind behind the AM-RB 001 project Adrian Newey says getting the right people for the job will result in a better vehicle than would be possible if it were developed 100 percent in-house.

For starters, the 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine will come from Cosworth, which is well known for supplying some of the automotive industry's best engines. Finally, nearly a year after being officially announced, we have concrete technical info about the nuts-and-bolts of the AM-RB 001.

Aston Martin and the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team finally unveiled a model of the team's long-teased co-designed hypercar: The AM-RB 001. It's a real test of everyone involved, but that's as it should be, for we're genuinely raising the bar with this auto. That engine will be mated to a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission developed by Ricardo Engineering. With the recent announcement of their technical partners, they may just do it.

"I am extremely pleased that Aston Martin has selected Ricardo as technical and supply partner for the transmission of the new AM-RB 001 hypercar", commented Ricardo Performance Products managing director Mark Barge. UK-based Wipac provides the full LED headlights and taillights.

Design and engineering work on the AM-RB 001 hypercar is progressing at a rapid pace. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Acknowledged as world-leaders in high-performance battery technology, the Croatian-based company has showcased its capabilities with the innovative Concept-One: the world's first - and fastest - all-electric hypercar. First deliveries are due to start in 2019.

The company is still targeting a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, with the goal of tipping the scales at around 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds), meaning it's shooting for 900 horsepower. Bosch will contribute with electronic systems like the traction control unit, electronic stability program, and engine control unit. Having the right technical partners is critical as the company aims to raise the auto with this model.

Specifically, Aston has named a few suppliers. "Whether forging fresh partnerships or building on existing relationships, the AM-RB 001 project is a shared engineering adventure we're all relishing". 25 of these track spec cars will be built, in addition to a "maximum" of 150 in road spec, this number up slightly on original estimates of around 100 but said to include all prototypes and development cars.

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