Think the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 are fast? Well, an upcoming new hypercar being developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing could very well blow those two into the weeds.
It’s the work of RBR’s Adrian Newey, the genius designer of ten constructors’ championship-winning F1 cars, and Aston design head Marek Reichman. Details on the car – codenamed AM-RB 001 – are virtually non-existent at the moment, but there are some bold ambitions for the car.
According to Aston, the car will have F1/LMP1-level performance, and will be able to lap Silverstone quicker than current F1 cars – last year’s lap record was 1:37.093, an average speed of 133mph. It’ll have to come with its own G-suit for mere mortals to be able to cope with that kind of speed.
But this isn’t some stripped-out, hunkered-down track day special like the Ferrari FXX K, P1 GTR or indeed Aston’s own Vulcan. The ‘001’ is intended as a road car. Balancing the power, speed and aero needed to set lap times that would get it onto the F1 grid with real world usability will be a huge challenge.
There’s no word on what the powertrain will be but it’s hard to imagine it won’t be a hybrid, hopefully featuring the searingly operatic 7.0-litre V12 from the Vulcan.
It had been rumoured for some time that Newey would design a road-going hypercar since his role at RBR was extended beyond F1. Likewise, Aston had been linked to a return to F1 for the first time since the early Sixties; though a tie-up with Force India was expected, Aston branding will appear on the Red Bull RB12 machine during the ’16 F1 season.
We can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like. Fortunately, we should only have to wait until 2018 to find out.
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By Only Motors