Aston Martin reveals more details of hypercar collaboration with Red Bull

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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.

Aston Martin reveals more details of hypercar collaboration with Red Bull

Aston Martin reveals more details of hypercar collaboration with Red Bull


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.