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The Aston Martin AM-RB 001: A New Breed of Hypercar

By Ben Roberts

A road car unlike any other has emerged. Born from a collaboration of boundless racing and automotive expertise, Aston Martin has proudly unveiled a new hypercar project so unique, it’s only alias is the AM-RB 001.

The first of her kind, this hypercar provides Formula One performance on the road, from the minds of Adrian Newey (Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer), Marek Reichman (Aston Martin EVP and Chief Technical Officer) and David King (Aston Martin VP and Chief Special Operations Officer).

Combining over 100 years of expertise, the AM-RB 001 is created with ferocious F1 competition in her DNA. Built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure, the AM-RB 001 boasts truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car.

Thanks to the genius of Newey’s design much of this downforce is generated through underfloor aerodynamics, leaving Reichman free to craft a pure yet breathtaking dramatic form that elegantly expresses both the AM-RB 001’s cutting-edge dynamism and the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin.

Uncompromising in all respects, the AM-RB 001 is a bespoke machine from the tyres up. It will be built by David King and his team at Gaydon, in the purpose-built facility created for Aston Martin’s original hypercar, the One-77.

While boundary-pushing performance is clearly of paramount importance, so too is exceptional efficiency and packaging. Newey’s unrivalled knowledge has enabled the AM-RB 001 to be extremely light and compact, yet offer genuine comfort and space for driver and passenger and house a V12 engine.

I’ve long harboured the desire to design a road car,” explains Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer. “The synergy between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin is clear. I knew Red Bull Racing had the ability to handle the pure performance aspects, but Aston Martin’s experience of making beautiful, fast and comfortable GT cars is of great benefit to the project.

I’ve always been adamant that the AM-RB 001 should be a true road car that’s also capable of extreme performance on track, and this means it really has to be a car of two characters. That’s the secret we’re trying to put into this car - the technology that allows it to be docile and comfortable, but with immense outright capabilities”.

“By definition the objectives we’ve set for the car ensures there has never been an Aston Martin - or any car, actually - quite like the AM-RB 001,” adds Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer. “The shared challenge has been finding that magical tipping point where we achieve the most efficient engineering solutions and the most beautiful styling solutions without any compromises.”

More details of the AM-RB 001‘s technical specification will be revealed in due course, but its heart is a new, mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight. This is a new hypercar that will undoubtedly change the way we see road cars.

"By definition the objectives we’ve set for the car ensures there has never been an Aston Martin - or any car, actually - quite like the AM-RB 001"

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer.

"By definition the objectives we’ve set for the car ensures there has never been an Aston Martin - or any car, actually - quite like the AM-RB 001"

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer.
By Ben Roberts