You are looking at what may yet prove to be possibly the fastest and more certainly the quickest motor car that will ever be built. Allow me to explain; it is not unreasonable to imagine that environmental pressures and the race to perfect vehicle autonomy will signal a truce in the arms race that’s raged among super car manufacturers for the last 20 years or so. A race that has seen Ferrari, McLaren and Bugatti competing for records for the fastest and quickest accelerating cars. It’s a largely fatuous war if you ask me. If I’m right however and a ceasefire will soon be enforced - and don’t discount it - that would leave Aston Martin winners with this new car, the AM-RB 001.
The “RB” as you may well be aware stands for Red Bull, as in Red Bull Racing, as in employers of Adrian Newey, described on these pages before now as Britain’s Greatest Living Engineer. Newey of course designs racing cars, predominantly championship-winning racing cars for the likes of Williams, McLaren, Red Bull and their drivers. But the AM-RB 01 is his first ever road car. Not altogether unsurprisingly then that it looks like a race car with a roof, covered wheels and a rather more visually rarefied approach to aerodynamics. On the upper-side at least. As the car’s co-designer, executive vice president and director of design Marek Reichman, told Telegraph Luxury in April when the project was first announced at the Australian Grand Prix, the upper sides of the car are all his work. The undersides, the technical bits, are all Newey.
Understandably then the car is designed like nothing else, like a race car in fact, only with those covered wheels, driver and passenger. Take a peek at the front, and rear three-quarter images and see how the layout of the car is just like that of an F1 car, with a slim central passenger “tub” with the front wheels, engine and gearbox and rear wheels all bolted directly on to that tub. The air flows cleanly under the car and around the wheels and the tub in a manner strictly dictated by the Book of Newey. This generates downforce without creating huge amounts of drag - the yin and yang of fast cars. So efficient is the design that Aston Martin originally claimed the AM-RB 001 would be faster than an F1 car. Wrap that technology in Reichman’s sensuous but functional bodywork and there’s the recipe for the AM-RB 001.
Visually anyhow. Aston Martin isn’t saying exactly what engine will power the AM-RB 001 only that it will be a naturally-aspirated V12 of an all new design. So not the heavily revised V12 in the new DB11. That would just be too heavy. How do we know? Well Aston Martin is saying the car will have a 1:1 power to weight ratio, meaning if it weighs exactly one metric tonne, it would need to pack 1000bhp. Using the relatively heavy DB11 engine would push up that power requirement. So expect a new V12. Aston Martin calls it a “high-revving design” and expect it to use some form of hybridisation also, including the ability to run fully electric in city centres. Aston Martin made it clear from the get go the car would not be a track-only special, like the Vulcan and would therefore need to have a Mr Hyde personality to go with the Dr Jekyll.
There will however be the option for the less than 150 customers of the AM-RB 001 to specify their cars as suitable for track only, in which case Aston claim they’ll then own a car as fast as this year’s Le Mans winning Porsche. Aston Martin’s name is of course built not only on that certain customer in MI5 but also on its own single but celebrated Le Mans win in 1959. If in a few years from now the mindless chase for top fastest and quickest honors has indeed come to its end, it will be famous for one more thing; building the fastest car of all time.
Source: telegraph.co.uk Photos: Aston Martin