Aston Martin has revealed the technical details and suppliers of its AM-RB 001 hypercar which is being developed in association with Red Bull.
Firstly, the car will feature a “high-revving” 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, made by UK based Cosworth. Interestingly, Ricardo is building a 7-speed paddle-shift transmission for the car, to Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ specification. “The gearbox will be the perfect partner to Cosworth’s V12,” says Aston.
AM-RB 001’s carbon fibre MonoCell construction responsibility is in the Canadian company Multimatic’s hands, while the Croatian company Rimac will build a lightweight hybrid battery system with KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) capability. Industry’s good old friend Bosch has been entrusted with developing bespoke Engine Control Unit (ECU), Transmission Control Unit (TCU) and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) systems for the AM-RB 001, while UK light manufacturer, Wipac, is responsible for the hypercar’s full LED headlamps and tail lamps.
Aston says the car will have a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1 – that’s to say one bhp for every kilogram of kerbweight, and reportedly, AM’s chief designer Marek Reichman has revealed the powertrain will deliver 1000 bhp.
A maximum of 150 road going AM-RB 001s will be built, including all prototypes, with 25 additional track-only versions. First deliveries are due to commence in 2019.
Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, says, “Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort. To achieve great things you need to surround yourself with the best people. Experience, creativity, energy, diligence and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.”
David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, said, “Making the AM-RB 001 presents huge challenges. It’s a real test of everyone involved, but that’s as it should be, for we’re genuinely raising the bar with this car. That’s what makes the project so special, and why having the right technical partners is so critical. Some of those names we’re working with are long-standing suppliers of Aston Martin, but there are some new names in there, too. Whether forging fresh partnerships or building on existing relationships, the AM-RB 001 project is a shared engineering adventure we’re all relishing.”