The last time an F1 mastermind made a car, we ended up with the McLaren F1. Now legendary Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey will make a road-going hypercar for Aston Martin.
It’s been an open secret for more than three years now that Red Bull’s genius Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey wants to build a hypercar for the road. Now, we also know said product will wear an Aston Martin badge.
Back in 2012, Team Principal Christian Horner said “it’s a natural evolution for Red Bull Racing to get involved in road car engineering.” Immediately, people started wondering just how keen Adrian Newey was to put something truly special behind a number plate. Now, Horner says we should get ready for “the ultimate of all road cars.” Hear that, Bugatti?
Codenamed Project “AM-RB 001,” the new car will combine Newey’s aerodynamic and engineering know-how with Aston Martin’s design language penned by Marek Reichman.
Red Bull’s F1 cars will run with Aston Martin logos on their noses now that Infiniti has left the party, but the company believes a new hypercar will boost awareness of its brand (#brand) even further, because not enough people in the world have encountered Red Bull and/or Aston Martin. Aston’s last halo car was the One-77, and while their brand new Vulcan is quite a beast with its 800 horsepower naturally-aspirated V12, a track-only special built in highly limited numbers plays in a very different league than the hypercars you can also get your groceries with.
Adrian Newey is equally enthusiastic about the new challenge:
From the age of six I have had two goals in life – to be involved in the design of racing cars, and to be involved in the design of a super car. Whilst the former ambition went on to form my career to date, the latter has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years.
The car Aston’s Chief Creative Officer refers to as “the ultimate fusion of art and technology” should indeed translate Red Bull F1 developments into a new arena according to Newey, and the product of that might give McLaren something to think about before turning the P1 into an electric car.
Will it be a hybrid? Will it use Aston’s new twin-turbo V12 turned up to 12, or something from AMG at last? Who knows!
Either way, expect all the downforce and speed the best of the best can come up with.