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Aston Martin reveals AM-RB 001 hypercar

by Drew Johnson

The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 will have a high-revving V12.

Aston Martin has issued the first official photographs of its radical AM-RB 001. The hyper-car is being jointly developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing.

The photos reveal that the AM-RB 001 will be a serious performance car with a strong emphasis on aerodynamics. An suggested that the AM-RB 001 would have "a massive amount of negative space,” and the official images confirm that. The AM-RB 001 consists essentially of a pod for the driver, passenger and engine that is suspended on four-wheels.

Built largely out of carbon fiber, Aston Martin promises that the AM-RB 001 will boast a 1:1 power ratio; that is 1bph per kilo. Aston Martin says it will use a high-revving, naturally-aspirated V12 engine mounted in the middle of the AM-RB 001 to achieve that goal.

Official specs of the AM-RB 001 are being kept a secret, but Aston Martin says the hyper-car will feature an "innovative” suspension design and a transmission designed in-house by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

"The AM-RB 001 is a truly remarkable project and something of which I'm extremely proud,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO. "To have Aston Martin working alongside Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing and the invaluable assistance of project partner AF Racing AG is an extraordinary creative collaboration. One that unites the very best of road and race car thinking.”

Aston Martin will produce between 99 and 150 examples of the AM-RB 001 at its Gaydon production facility. Aston Martin has also confirmed that it will build 25 track only versions of the AM-RB 001 with performance on par "with that of today's LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.” Aston Martin will produce just 25 units of the track-only AM-RB 001.

The first deliveries of the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 are scheduled to commence in 2018.

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