Hypercar details revealed
COSWORTH-DESIGNED 6.5-LITRE V12 AMONG HIGHLIGHTS
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.