Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar will use a Cosworth 6.5-liter V12 engine

Article by Christian A., on February 17, 2017

Aston Martin and Red Bull’s AM-RB 001 hypercar project is moving along quickly. This time, the project partners have already commissioned a number of technical partners that would help in the development and creation of a new mobile unit that is bound to challenge the current hypercar Trinity.

Nearly a year since Aston Martin, Red Bull and AF Racing announced the project, the partners had the chance to shop for more key technical members that could provide the expertise to achieve utmost success. According to Aston Martin and Red Bull, these key technical partners – Cosworth, Ricardo, Rimac, Multimatic, Alcon, Surface Transforms, Bosch and Wipac – were chosen because of their unrivalled expertise as well as their willingness to further push performance boundaries. These companies will work alongside Adrian Newey and David King, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and Aston Martin’s VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, respectively.

Overseeing the engine for the new AM-RB 001 is renowned engine-maker Cosworth. Cosworth is an engineering company that specializes in building high-performance engines used in high-speed races. In fact, Cosworth boasts of 176 wins as the engine supplier in Formula One, just behind Ferrari. Cosworth will be in charge of designing and building a high-revving 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine for the AM-RB 001.

Aston Martin and Red Bull had already announced that the powerplant behind the AM-RB 001 will be rated to deliver around 1,000 hp – enough to achieve a very ideal 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. This also practically means that the AM-RB 001 will weigh around 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs). With around 1,000 hp of output at disposal, the AM-RB 001 is theoretically able to zoom from zero to 200 mph (322 km/h) in under 10 seconds while reaching a top speed of 250 mph (402 km/h).

This high-revving Cosworth 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine will be mated to a bespoke seven-speed paddle-shift transmission, which would be designed and manufactured by Ricardo. Built to conform to Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ specs, this seven-speed paddle-shift transmission will employ intelligent engineering solutions. Greatly complementing the Cosworth 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine is a lightweight hybrid battery system from Rimac.

To better achieve the 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, it was necessary for the AM-RB 001 to weigh as light as possible at around 1,000 kg. Central to this strategy is MonoCell that is constructed from carbon fiber by composite leader Multimatic, which was also part of the One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan projects.

As for the braking power behind the AM-RB 001, this will come in the form of lightweight, high performance brake calipers and carbon discs – all courtesy of Alcon and Surface Transforms. Meanwhile, Bosch will develop and supply the bespoke Engine Control Unit (ECU), Traction Control Unit (TCU) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems for the AM-RB 001. Lighting systems will be provided for by Wipac, in the form of full LED headlamps and tail lamps.

The project plans to build a total of 175 examples of the AM-RB 001 – 150 units will be street-legal while 25 will be track-focused. Aston Martin and Red Bull plan to commence deliveries of the AM-RB 001 in 2019.

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