Going, going, gone: the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar has sold out

But if you hurry, there might be a track-only version you can snap up

4y ago

Brexit seemingly isn’t bad for business if you’re Aston Martin – it’s announced the insane AM-RB 001 hypercar has sold out, with all 150 examples of the road car now having rich, loving homes to go to once customer deliveries commence in two years’ time.

Co-developed with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team, the announcement was made as the two companies extended their Innovation Partnership for the 2017 F1 season. That means Aston Martin’s ‘wing’ badge will once again adorn the Red Bull F1 cars next year, but whatever, back to the AM-RB 001…

It’s going to have a lightweight carbonfibre chassis at its core, and a mid-mounted, high-revving and (praise be) naturally aspirated V12 engine as its heart, which together team up for a power to weight ratio of 1bhp per kilo. That’s 1000bhp per tonne…

It’s the brainchild of Aston’s Chief Creative Office Marek Reichman and the company's Chief Special Operations Officer David King, plus one Adrian Newey, Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer and the genius behind some of Williams, McLaren and Red Bull’s greatest ever F1 cars. The latter’s designed a clean-sheet transmission that’s been developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies, plus a suspension system that can cope with downforce at 200mph yet apparently deliver decent on-road comfort.

An AM-RB 001 prototype is expected to run for the first time in late 2017, while customer deliveries will commence in early 2019. And shortly after that we’ll be doing our best to test it against Mercedes’ own Formula 1-inspired hypercar and McLaren’s new three-seat ‘Hyper GT’. We'll probably try and get the Chiron involved too. Well, a boy can dream…

Aston President and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer reckons the AM-RB 001 'is destined to become the defining hypercar of this decade' but given the presence of the Merc and McLaren on the market as well, this might become the defining decade for the hypercar full stop.

Speaking of which, if you’re in the market for either, alas all 106 examples of the McLaren (codenamed BP23, standing for Bespoke Project 2 and featuring three seats – and limited to the same number of McLaren F1 road and race cars ever built) are pre-sold, so that leaves the Mercedes. No hardship, we think, given the F1 team's current prowess, or the ongoing fine work of AMG.

Or, if you don’t mind only driving your hypercar on a circuit, Aston and Red Bull are also developing a track-only version of the AM-RB 001. Built for those who ‘crave an even more intensely focused driving experience’ its projected performance is claimed to match that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans/WEC sports prototypes. So like a Porsche 919 Hybrid of your own…

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Comments (16)

  • I did so want one

      4 years ago
  • It's perfect

      4 years ago
  • I'm pretty sure that this car was invite only...

      4 years ago
  • I don't even want to know how much they cost

      4 years ago
  • hmmm, Christmas is coming...

      4 years ago