Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have revealed a new F1-inspired hypercar, the AM-RB 001.
Not surprisingly, very few of these cars will be built, and they won’t come cheap. Aston says to expect a price tag between £2-million and £3-million, which is equal to between US$2.6-million and $3.9-million.
This car is currently still a concept, but Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says that the styling seen on this concept showcases roughly 70 to 80 percent of the final design. The car was designed by Adrian Newey, one of the most successful Formula 1 designers in the business.
Nestled in a lightweight carbon fiber structure, the AM-RB 001 is powered by a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V12 that gives the car a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio (1 hp per kg). Aston also says that it will have “unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car.”
Aston Martin plans to build about 99 examples of the AM-RB 001, though the brand says that once special editions and other prototypes are taken into account, there could up to 150, though there will never be more than that. The name for the car is also undecided, and will be revealed at a later date. So far, Aston has already received 370 requests for this machine, which means that there are quite a few folks who are going to be disappointed.
Actual working prototypes of the car are expected to begin testing in spring of 2017, preparing for a full launch in 2018. Customers can expect to take delivery of their cars in early 2019.
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