Aston Martin is building a mid-engine hypercar with the expertise of a Formula 1 (F1) team.
The British brand is becoming “innovation partners” with F1 team Red Bull Racing, and the result of this collaboration will be a new hypercar. Red Bulls F1’s chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, and Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, will work together to design and build the new car.
Newey is widely regarded as one of the most successful F1 designers ever while Reichman is responsible for the design of cars like the Aston Martin DB11 and the Vulcan.
Codenamed project ‘AM-RB 001,’ the car will blend F1 technology with Aston Martin design. It will be mid-engined, while the use of F1-derived hybrid technology is likely. Only 99 units will be produced, with deliveries beginning in 2018. The teaser image seen above is the only hint offered as to what the car will look like.
Aston Martin CEO took to twitter to announce the new partnership and took the chance to boast that project AM-RB 001 will be “faster than an F1 around Silverstone.”
“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,” said Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.
To celebrate this new partnership, the Red Bull F1 cars will wear and Aston Martin logo throughout the 2016 race season. This marks the first time since 1960 that Aston Martin has been involved with F1 racing.
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