Throwback: This is how the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 came to be

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 15, 2016

Recently, Aston Martin unveiled their newest hypercar the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 – a mishmash of cutting-edge F1 technology and a design that screams Aston Martin. In collaboration with Red Bull, the AM-RB 001 came to exist with the genius minds of Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey. But in the first place, how did this concept even come to life?

The British automaker and Red Bull first announced their partnership early this year. However, the AM-RB 001 was already being planned way before the said date and maybe way before one of them even thought about it.

First off, Adrian Newey has been in the business for almost thirty years. He worked as a race engineer, an aerodynamicist, a technical director and of course, a designer for Formula One and IndyCar racing. He is well-known by his craft and thus, one of the most amazing brains known for creating the ambitious Aston Martin AM-RB 001.

Aside from designing speed boats, Newey has always been very fond of designing road cars that are entirely out of this world. Of course, he knew that in building a car such as the AM-RB 001, one must abide by the law including homologation regulations while freeing it from technical restrictions. And so, the AM-RB 001 came to being after thirty-odd years of experience.

There is no exact origin as to when Aston Martin realized that they could make a car such as the AM-RB 001 but sure enough, the British automaker has been constantly experimenting on it for quite some time. It seems like the idea popped up after Aston Martin introduced the DP-100 concept car which is quite the same in theory as the AM-RB 001 – “an extreme mid-engined road car”. Little did they know that what they have eventually created was something far more extreme than they intended on the DP-100.

These are our thoughts on why it took Aston Martin a long time to figure out its capability of creating this powerful beast. But nevertheless, it looks like their partnership with Red Bull has given them the upper hand in the hypercar competition.

The AM-RB 001 is especially designed to be as quick as an F1 or LMP1 and as beautiful as the One-77. Power comes from a combination of a new mid-mounted high-revving naturally aspirated V12 and an F1-style KERS hybrid system giving the AM-RB 001 a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. It is expected to belt out 1,000 horsepower, an additional entry to the hypercar competition. In order to minimize the AM-RB 001’s weight, its structure will be built out of lightweight carbon fiber giving it a total of only 1,000 kg.

More so, for it to be an effective speed machine, it will have underfloor aerodynamics that will generate most of the downforce of this hypercar. Led by Reichman and Newey, we’re definitely betting that this will be listed as one of the most awesome hypercars of this generation.

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