As­ton Martin-Red Bull Hy­per­car to make North Amer­i­can de­but in Toronto

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

The As­ton Martin-Red Bull con­cept hy­per­car AM-RB 001 will make its first ap­pear­ance in North Amer­ica and global auto show de­but at the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional Au­toShow in Toronto.

The unique and ground­break­ing AM-RB 001, in­tro­duced in July at the As­ton Martin head­quar­ters in Gay­don, England, is a fu­sion of form and func­tion the likes of which has rarely been seen in a road-le­gal ve­hi­cle.

Andy Palmer, pres­i­dent and CEO of As­ton Martin, will ac­com­pany the su­per­car to Toronto. Pal­mar is sched­uled to speak dur­ing the me­dia preview day.

“It is a spe­cial treat for Cana­dian car en­thu­si­asts to be the first in North Amer­ica to get an in-per­son look at this breath­tak­ing As­ton Martin-Red Bull con­cept hy­per­car,” says Ja­son Camp­bell, gen­eral man­ager of the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional Au­toShow.

“It is ex­tra spe­cial to have a global au­to­mo­tive leader of the stature of Palmer on hand to share the story of the car and his vi­sion for As­ton Martin.”

With al­most 40 years in the in­dus­try, Palmer is an auto ex­ec­u­tive who loves to race As­ton Martins, drive his clas­sic 1980 V8 Van­tage and en­gage his pas­sion for mo­tor­cy­cles on Bri­tain’s coun­try lanes.

Prior to join­ing As­ton Martin in Oc­to­ber 2014, he was one of the most se­nior ex­ec­u­tives at Nis­san Mo­tor Com­pany, act­ing as chief plan­ning of­fi­cer, where he rose through the ranks in a 23-year ca­reer, hold­ing sev­eral se­nior ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions.

With As­ton Martin, Palmer is im­ple­ment­ing the Sec­ond Cen­tury plan to drive ag­gres­sive growth for the Bri­tish auto man­u­fac­turer. The plan will re­place and ex­pand the com­pany’s en­tire prod­uct lineup and in­tro­duce a new car or de­riv­a­tive ev­ery nine months un­til 2020.

Co­de­named AM-RB 001, the hy­per­car boasts a light­weight car­bon fi­bre frame and rad­i­cal aero­dy­nam­ics for un­prece­dented lev­els of down­force. At its heart is a mid-mounted nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12 en­gine with the po­tency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ra­tio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight.

The sus­pen­sion sys­tem fea­tures in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy and em­ploys prin­ci­ples honed by Adrian Newey, Red Bull Rac­ing’s chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer, over his 30-year ca­reer.

Pro­duc­tion of the AM-RB 001 will be strictly limited to only 150 cars, in­clud­ing pro­to­types and track-only ver­sions. First de­liv­er­ies will com­mence in 2019.

The AM-RB 001 hy­per­car will rep­re­sent the pin­na­cle of per­for­mance for As­ton Martin. Au­toShow at­ten­dees can find the AM-RB001 at the Toronto Star stage on the 300 Level of the North Build­ing at the Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre dur­ing the pub­lic days of the Au­toShow.

As­ton Martin Toronto and As­ton Martin Up­town Toronto, part of the Grand Tour­ing Au­to­mo­biles Group of Com­pa­nies, will also be show­cas­ing the As­ton Martin DB11.

The DB11 is renowned as the most pow­er­ful, ef­fi­cient and dy­nam­i­cally gifted DB model in As­ton Martin’s his­tory.

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