Back in March Aston Martin and Red Bull teased supercar fans with a picture of an obscure collection of lines vaguely hinting at an automotive shape, telling us that they would be producing the AM-RB 001, a groundbreaking road car with input from not only Aston Martin, but also from Adrian Newey, the most successful Formula One designer in history.
And now we have a static model, in the flesh, and this thing is like no other road-going car we have ever seen.
Not much other than the shape has been revealed, but what has been shown can be called polarizing, to say the least. While strangely beautiful in its own right, it’s obvious that the car is built for performance before beauty.
The undercar aero is courtesy of Newey, and Aston claims it will create downforce heretofore not seen in any road car. This attention to detail by Newey has the advantage of handing Aston’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, absolute license to design a car completely different visually than anything on the road while still harkening back to the sexy curves of the late 1950s DBR1.
Initial specs call for 1000 hp, lateral g-force approaching 4.5 and a weight in the 2,200-lb range. That a 1:1 kilo-to-horse ratio courtesy of an all-carbon-fiber structure, driven down the road by an as-yet-to-be-developed naturally aspirated, compact V12. At this time Aston is saying there will be no reverse gear, which seems to suggest that there will be some form of hybrid technology on board as well.
Aston and Newey claim that the car will be both comfortable on the road and formidable on the track. “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,” says Newey.
Aston will produce no more than 150 road models, including the prototypes. In addition, they will make available 25 track-only models. All will be built at the facility originally created for Aston Martin’s hypercar, the One-77, and will begin delivery at some point in 2018.