Aston Martin reveals more details of hypercar collaboration with Red Bull
Rumours that Aston Martin was working with Red Bull Racing on a performance car had the automotive world intrigued for months.
Then, in July this year, the companies revealed the first look at the RB-001, their road car project. Its futuristic styling grabbed our attention, but it was the few technical details released that really caught the eye.
It will be built around a lightweight carbon-fibre structure and feature aerodynamics that offer 'unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car'.
It will be powered by a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V12 engine offering a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.
Officials remained tight-lipped about specific numbers at the time, but now Adrian Newey, Red Bull racing's chief technical officer and one of the most respected aerodynamicists in the Formula 1 world, has revealed some more information.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he said that the car would be able to accelerate to 200mph in around 10 seconds, before a massive set of brakes could bring it back to a standstill. Zero to 200mph and back to a standstill in about 15 seconds is ludicrous performance.
Newey says that thanks to utilising 'ground-effect' aerodynamics the track-only RB-001 will make up to two tonnes of downforce and hold 4G in a corner – that's four times the force of gravity, similar to that achieved by Formula 1 cars.
Aside from blowing minds with performance figures, Newey also revealed a few details about the car's availability. He said 175 cars would be built, with 150 made for the road and 25 for the track at a cost of around $3m (£2.4m) each.
It is expected to go on sale late next year.