ASTON MARTIN AM-RB 001 mUSCLES UP: 6.5-LITRE V12 CONFIRMED
NEW £2.5M HYPERCAR TO GET 6.5-LITRE NATURALLY ASPIRATED COSWORTH V12, HYBRID ASSISTANCE AND A GRAND TOTAL OF 1000BHP
If someone listed the following – Cosworth, Ricardo, Bosch, Rimac, Alcon, Surface Transforms, Ford GT builders Multimatic and Wipac – you'd have a dream team for any automotive manufacturer. Engine, drivetrain, electronics, brakes, chassis and lighting: all supplied by some of the leading specialists in the field.
This is no dream team, however; the above are Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing's newly announced technical partners. Together, they will all assist in the design, development and construction of Aston's and RBR's upcoming AM-RB 001 hypercar.
Yup, that'll probably fit under a car park barrier.
Some tantalising new details about the AM-RB 001 have also been revealed. The engine, designed and built by Cosworth, will be a mighty naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12. It will drive the rear wheels via a Ricardo-built seven-speed paddle-shifted transmission, which has received considerable input from Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
More interestingly, Aston has confirmed that Rimac – the Croatian-based company responsible for the Concept One EV supercar – will be supplying a lightweight hybrid battery system. This tallies with early rumours that the Aston was a hybrid. Based on the car's size and performance targets, we'd hazard a guess that it's a compact KERS-style boost system, rather than a heavier conventional hybrid set-up.
In any case, it's going to be a supremely powerful car. Previously, it had been suggested that the AM-RB 001 will have a kerb weight of 1000kg and a power output in the region of 1000bhp. Helping keep that kerb weight down is a carbonfibre 'monocell', supplied by Multimatic – the company responsible for building the Ford GT.
A total of 175 AM-RB 001s are planned; 150 will be road-going versions, while the remaining 25 will be track-only specials. The first deliveries are due in 2019 but you're interested you best start saving now – because it's mooted that each AM-RB 001 will cost an almighty £2.5 million...
Other contributors include Alcon and Surface Transforms, which together will be supplying the car's carbon-ceramic disc brakes and high-performance calipers. Bosch will supply the electronic control unit for the engine, as well as the stability and traction control systems. Wipac, a UK-based light manufacturer, will deliver the AM-RB 001's LED head lamps and taillights.
Aston Martin's vice president and chief special operations officer, David King, 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."
This angle really shows off how svelte the AM-RB 001's main body is – and look at all that aerodynamic surfacing!