Aston Martin teams up with Red Bull Racing to build next-gen hypercar

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 18, 2016

An Innovation Partnership has been inked between Aston Martin and Formula One team Red Bull Racing as well as Red Bull Advanced Technologies, one that entails a collaboration between the carmaker’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman and the team’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey to create a revolutionary Aston Martin hypercar.

This new hypercar – codenamed Project AM-RB 001 – would be a definitive fusion between state-of-the-art F1TM technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design. With Newey and Reichman working together, achieving success on the project would be very likely.

Since this unique yet dynamic partnership combines the strongest elements of Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Aston Martin, it would be safe to assume that the best in the field of aerodynamicists, composite materials and manufacturing would be working to come up with the ultimate car.

Each party to the Innovation Partnership prides of its own distinct capabilities, and taking advantage of all of them should guarantee that the Project AM-RB 001 would live up to the expectation of customers and enthusiasts all over the world. Andy Palmer, chief executive of Aston Martin, remarked that Formula One provides the ultimate global stage to further build awareness of the Aston Martin brand.

He quipped that by the time the new hypercar hits the road, it would build brand awareness on a higher level. Palmer added that Q by Aston Martin Advanced, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and AF Racing AG are aiming to build a car that will “excite and stir” the imaginations of the future car designers and sports car enthusiasts around the world. He added that the partnership -- inked just in time for the launch of the Aston Martin DB11 earlier this month – underscores the fact that the brand is racing again.

Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal, described the Innovation Partnership as a very exciting project for the team, as it paves the way for the return of the Aston Martin logo to grand prix racing since 1960. He quipped that Newey-led Red Bull Advanced Technologies will build on the team’s Formula One DNA to create the ultimate road cars.

He added that the project realizes Newey’s dream and vision to design a road car. On the other hand, Reichman has been credited with creating the design language of modern Aston Martin vehicles, with the new Aston Martin DB11 as the latest element of his portfolio. He was also responsible for the design of the Aston Martin Vulcan and the One-77. Reichman remarked that the project team is currently in the process of developing a hypercar that fuses the latest in aerodynamics from F1TM and the striking design language of an Aston Martin sports car.

He described that this opportunity to work with Newey and Red Bull Advanced Technologies is a fascinating experience for the people involved. Since the hypercar will not be restricted by F1TM regulations, it could be designed with the most efficient form that should represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.

Newey – a three-decade veteran at Formula One and designer of ten World Championship winning Formula One cars – remarked that the project allows him to completely realize his dreams of designing racing cars and a super car. He noted that his first dream has been realized to boost his career, and now the Innovative Partnership allows him to realize the second dream. He added that the project allows them to build what Red Bull Advanced Technologies has developed in F1TM into a new arena.

The Aston Martin brand was a product of the racing feats of co-founder Lionel Martin, with the carmaker entering its first international motor race at the 1922 French Grand Prix. Aston Martin had its most significant win in 1959 when Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby in their Aston Martin DBR1 dominated the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The carmaker established the modern Aston Martin Racing team in 2005, and has already logged three class wins at Le Mans, with plans to campaign again at the Circuit de la Sarthe in June. To celebrate this Innovative Partnership, the RB12 race cars will be donning the Aston Martin wings logo throughout the 2016 season.

Press Release

ASTON MARTIN AND RED BULL RACING TO CREATE NEXT GENERATION HYPERCAR

British luxury brand Aston Martin and Formula One team Red Bull Racing are today announcing a partnership which sees Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman collaborate to produce a ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercar.

Codenamed Project ‘AM-RB 001’, the new hypercar will represent the ultimate blend of cutting edge F1TM technology with Aston Martin’s signature sports car design. The combined talents of Newey, widely noted as the most successful Formula One designer of all time, and Reichman, Aston Martin’s design chief since 2005, are set to produce the ultimate hypercar.

Combining the strongest elements of Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Aston Martin, this new Innovation Partnership unites the world’s best aerodynamicists, composite experts and manufacturing masters. All the parties offer different elite capabilities and the combination of all of those skills, ensuring that Project ‘AM-RB 001’ promises to be an exciting prospect for customers and enthusiasts around the world.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “Formula One offers the ultimate global stage to build wider awareness of the Aston Martin brand. However, this partnership will deliver even more than that when the hypercar that Aston Martin and Adrian Newey are in the process of developing hits the road.

“Between Q by Aston Martin Advanced, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing AG, we are going to create a car that will excite and stir the imaginations of the car designers of the future and a global audience of sports car enthusiasts.

“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.”

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said of the new partnership: “This is a very exciting project for everyone at Red Bull Racing. Through this Innovation Partnership the iconic Aston Martin logo will return to grand prix racing for the first time since 1960, and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, led by Adrian, will be harnessing our Formula One DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars. It’s an incredible project which also realises a dream and vision long held by Adrian to design a road car. We are very much looking forward to what I’m certain will be a successful partnership.”

As the designer of cars such as the Aston Martin DB11 - which was revealed earlier this month at the Geneva International Motor Show - the Aston Martin Vulcan and the One-77, Marek Reichman holds the key to the unmistakeable design language of the modern era of Aston Martins.

“We are in the process of developing a hypercar that combines the latest in aerodynamics from F1TM and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin sports car,” said Reichman. “The opportunity to collaborate with Adrian (Newey) and Red Bull Advanced Technologies will be a fascinating experience for everyone involved. Unconstrained by F1TM regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.”

Having an illustrious Formula One career spanning nearly 30 years, and as the designer of ten World Championship winning Formula One cars, the partnership represents a new challenge for Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey.

“From the age of six I have had two goals in life – to be involved in the design of racing cars, and to be involved in the design of a super car.” Newey commented. “Whilst the former ambition went on to form my career to date, the latter has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years.

“The opportunity to now develop and realise those ideas whilst working with Marek and his colleagues from Aston Martin is tremendously exciting. It allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1TM into a new arena.”

The Aston Martin brand was borne out of the racing exploits of Lionel Martin - one of the founding partners of the British marque over 103 years ago - and the company made its international motor racing debut at the 1922 French Grand Prix. While motorsport has always remained integral to the brand’s DNA, the most famous moment in Aston Martin’s significant motorsport history is the 1959 outright win at the Le Mans 24 Hours for Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby in the Aston Martin DBR1. The modern Aston Martin Racing team, formed in 2005 has taken three class wins at Le Mans and will return to Circuit de la Sarthe again this June.

To celebrate the partnership between Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the RB12s will carry the iconic Aston Martin wings logo throughout the 2016 season, making their debut at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Sorry folks, the AMG-fied Mercedes-Benz X-Class will remain in the fantasy world. According to some news, the AMG big boss has finally spoken up about why an AMG X-Class is...
by - December 5, 2016
In Japan, Toyota stays in the limelight by always cooking up something new for its famous 86 sports car. A colour orange Toyota 86 performance edition is one that’s hard...
by - December 4, 2016
Back in 2009, Nissan first introduced the Nissan Leaf, the company’s first all-electric vehicle. LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car and this particular EV has been considered as...
by - December 3, 2016
In the minivan segment, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already impressive in terms of fuel economy figures – as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, the...
by - December 2, 2016
Having a blacked-out Bentley Mulsanne Speed is already menacing by itself but by naming it as the Bamford X, it became all the more imposing. This model was made by...
by - December 2, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries