Hy­per­car details re­vealed

COS­WORTH-DE­SIGNED 6.5-LITRE V12 AMONG HIGH­LIGHTS

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A NEW, 6.5-LITRE, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12 en­gine, de­signed and built by Cos­worth, will be at the heart of As­ton Martin’s ground­break­ing hy­per­car, it has been an­nounced. The car, so far known only by its co­de­name of AM-RB 001, will also fea­ture a ‘lightweight hy­brid bat­tery sys­tem’, which sug­gests some sort of F1-style Kers-type ar­range­ment.

Red Bull’s Adrian Newey and As­ton Martin’s Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions chief, David King, are driv­ing the devel­op­ment of the hy­per­car, which, it is claimed, will re­de­fine the lim­its of road car per­for­mance. Now, with de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing work pro­gress­ing apace, As­ton Martin, Red Bull Ad­vanced Tech­nolo­gies and project part­ner AF Racing have con­firmed a num­ber of key tech­ni­cal part­ners.

Leg­endary en­gine-builder Cos­worth has been tasked with bring­ing all its For­mula 1 and high per­for­mance pro­duc­tion en­gine ex­pe­ri­ence to bear in the de­sign and man­u­fac­ture of the AM-RB 001’s be­spoke, high-revving 6.5-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12 en­gine. This new unit is de­scribed by As­ton as ‘the ul­ti­mate road-le­gal in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine’. It will be mated to a sim­i­larly be­spoke seven-speed pad­dleshift trans­mis­sion, de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Ri­cardo, to Red Bull Ad­vanced Tech­nolo­gies’ spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

The AM-RB 001 will also boast a hy­brid bat­tery sys­tem by Ri­mac. The Croa­t­ian com­pany is a world leader in high­per­for­mance bat­tery tech and is be­hind the in­no­va­tive Con­cept-one, the world’s first – and fastest – all-elec­tric hy­per­car.

The car’s car­bon­fi­bre Mono­cell will be built by com­pos­ite ex­perts Mul­ti­matic, draw­ing on Red Bull Ad­vanced Tech­nolo­gies’ knowl­edge from F1. The aim is a power-to-weight ra­tio of 1:1 – that’s to say one bhp for ev­ery kilo­gram of kerb­weight – and spec­u­la­tion is that the team are tar­get­ing 1000kg and 1000bhp.

Al­con and Sur­face Trans­forms will sup­ply the brake calipers and car­bon­ce­ramic discs re­quired to de­liver com­men­su­rate stop­ping power, while Bosch has been en­trusted with de­vel­op­ing be­spoke en­gine man­age­ment, trac­tion con­trol and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity sys­tems.

A max­i­mum of 150 road­go­ing AM-RB 001s will be built, in­clud­ing all re­main­ing pro­to­types, with 25 ad­di­tional track-only ver­sions. De­liv­er­ies are due to start in 2019.

PHO­TO­GRAPH CHAR­LIE MAGEE

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