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Featured Aston Martin AM-RB 001

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  1. rs271

    rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

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    • rs271

      rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

      Aston Martin AM-RB 001
      Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing revealed their ground-breaking hypercar; codenamed AM-RB 001.

      The product of a unique Innovation Partnership between the British luxury brand and eminent F1TM team, this ambitious, uncompromising and wholly extraordinary collaboration combines the vision and skills of two world-leading brands to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before.

      The three men charged with realising this shared vision are Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer and the world's most successful F1TM designer, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer. Together they spearhead a formidable alliance. One that combines more than a hundred years of specialism - both with heritage, making some of the world's most beautiful and charismatic GT cars, and with technological brilliance and relentless pursuit of speed and efficiency that has seen Red Bull Racing excel in the ferociously competitive world of Formula One.

      Reichman and Newey are working closely on all aspects of the project, striving to ensure the AM-RB 001 is an unprecedented fusion of form and function: a car engineered to be entirely useable and enjoyable as a road car, but with the capability to perform like no road car before it on a race track. For those who crave an even more intensely focused driving experience, a track-only AM-RB 001 is also in development, the projected performance of which is in line with that of today's LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.

      Built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure, the AM-RB 001 boasts truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car. Thanks to the genius of Newey's design much of this downforce is generated through underfloor aerodynamics, leaving Reichman free to craft a pure yet breathtaking dramatic form that elegantly expresses both the AM-RB 001's cutting-edge dynamism and the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin.

      Uncompromising in all respects, the AM-RB 001 is a bespoke machine from the tyres up. It will be built by David King and his team at Gaydon, in the purpose-built facility created for Aston Martin's original hypercar, the One-77. More details of the AM-RB 001's technical specification will be revealed in due course, but its heart is a new, mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight.

      To cope with the extreme aerodynamic loadings at high speeds yet deliver the on-road usability and comfort levels that sit at the heart of the concept, the AM-RB 001's suspension system will feature innovative technology and employ principles honed by Newey over his thirty year career. Likewise, the transmission is a clean-sheet design conceived by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

      While boundary-pushing performance is clearly of paramount importance, so too is exceptional efficiency and packaging. Newey's unrivalled knowledge has enabled the AM-RB 001 to be extremely light and compact, yet offer genuine comfort and space for driver and passenger and house a V12 engine.

      Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer, says of the AM-RB 001 project: "I've long harboured the desire to design a road car. The formation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies brought me a step closer to realising that ambition, but I believed we should work with an automotive manufacturer. Aston Martin was at the top of my list. The synergy between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin is clear. I knew Red Bull Racing had the ability to handle the pure performance aspects, but Aston Martin's experience of making beautiful, fast and comfortable GT cars is of great benefit to the project. I've always been adamant that the AM-RB 001 should be a true road car that's also capable of extreme performance on track, and this means it really has to be a car of two characters. That's the secret we're trying to put into this car - the technology that allows it to be docile and comfortable, but with immense outright capabilities."

      David King, Aston Martin's VP and Chief Special Operations Officer, adds: "Working at Aston Martin means you get to be a part of some truly special projects, but the AM-RB 001 is a dream - a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course it's a huge engineering challenge, too, but the game-changing objectives of this programme have a uniquely energising effect on everyone involved. We have world-class people and facilities at Gaydon. We're all motivated to achieve great things and take Aston Martin to the absolute pinnacle of road car performance."

      Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, says of the AM-RB 001: "Working so closely alongside Adrian and an organisation like Red Bull Racing is a fabulous experience. By definition the objectives we've set for the car ensures there has never been an Aston Martin - or any car, actually - quite like the AM-RB 001. The shared challenge has been finding that magical tipping point where we achieve the most efficient engineering solutions and the most beautiful styling solutions without any compromises. My personal challenge has been expressing the AM-RB 001's extraordinary performance and the unique way in which it delivers that performance. Its style reflects its revolutionary nature, while possessing the form and beauty that makes it unmistakably an Aston Martin."

      Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO, commented: "The AM-RB 001 is a truly remarkable project and something of which I'm extremely proud. 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. As the project gathers pace its clear the end result will be a truly history-making hypercar that sets incredible new benchmarks for packaging, efficiency and performance and an achievement that elevates Aston Martin to the very highest level."

      Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing said: "Red Bull Racing has always steered an innovative course in our ongoing development of a competitive Formula One car. The conception and modus operandi of Red Bull Technologies has been to apply our expertise to truly progressive projects and partnerships. Our relationship with Aston Martin and the realisation of the AM-RB 001 is pioneering and borne of our synergies and desire to break new ground. The AM-RB 001 is the inspirational product of this collaborative spirit."

      Continuing the on-going Innovation Partnership, the task of engineering the AM-RB 001 will be shared between Q by Aston Martin Advanced and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with production taking place at Aston Martin's Gaydon facility. Total volume will be between 99 and 150 road cars inclusive of all remaining prototypes and 25 track-only versions, with first deliveries commencing in 2018.

      Source: Aston Martin
       
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      • Betty Swollocks

        Betty Swollocks Well-Known Member

        Blimey Charlie. Amazing. I don't care what it looks like. The chance to drive a road car designed by arguably the greatest F1 designer that's ever lived is such an exciting opportunity for someone rich enough.
         
      • Giannis

        Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

        Nice Huayra!
         
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        • Monster

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          • Monster

            Monster Global Moderator Staff Member

            One interesting observation is how high nose and the under side of the front is, just like an F1 car. The rear diffuser look very high and it starts very early from the car.
             
          • Wunderkind

            Wunderkind Active Member

            1:1 power to weight ratio! So it's engine will need to produce at least 1,000 bhp.
             
          • tristatez28lt1

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          • shonguiz

            shonguiz Well-Known Member

            It does take more than to shout Adrian Newey and show a maquette to claim the top of the world.
             
          • Monster

            Monster Global Moderator Staff Member

            Their claims are simply unbelievable, F1 matching performance with a car that is 350kg heavier, and it is designed for "road use". The under body design is very brave, the central section of the car is high off the round, raising the COG of the vehicle. And not having reverse gear on a road car can be an issue.
             
          • dali

            dali Member

            Reversing might be managed by kind of a small KERS unit - AFAIK most countries demand a reverse gear for road cars
             
          • Padi

            Padi Active Member

            Read an interview where he stated it would weigh under a tonne, but indeed have around that amount of horses.
             
          • Betty Swollocks

            Betty Swollocks Well-Known Member

            Where has the weight been announced?
             
          • Monster

            Monster Global Moderator Staff Member

            No official figure, but the reporters from the videos said the car will be under 1000kg. Aston and RB are making very bold claims with this car. Adrian Newey is a very talented engineer/designer but he doesn't always get it right, just like the MP4-18
             
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            • Wunderkind

              Wunderkind Active Member

              A couple of thoughts about the car.

              1) The cabin will be tight and high with a seating position akin to a F1 car (i.e. with the legs raised up about the pelvis centre line). The car might have a high Center of Gravity. To save weight, there might not even be proper seats, just padding and an adjustable paddle box. The air-con unit will have to be very powerful given such a large bubble glasshouse.

              2) Red Bull Technologies will be responsible for the transmission and I'd be very disappointed if it's not an advanced double clutch transmission. But I have my doubts given the weight penalty of a DCT and cost of designing one from scratch (the Getrag one used by Mercedes cannot handle the torque of the V12 engine and I very very much doubt AM will be granted access, or could afford the ones in the LaFerrari, Bugatti, or the Porsche 918). A semi-automatic single-clutch transmission just won't cut it these days but is the most probably what it will be equipped.

              3) The car will have a V12 engine and I am not sure if the shape of the car will allow for sufficient cooling for such a high output engine. Look how much room all the radiators took up in the Konigsegg. The fuel tank might have to be small in order to fit between the passengers and the engine, unless they put the fuel tank at the front (doable?).

              Andy Palmer said 001 is engineered to be road-legal, but is it going a true roadcar??
               
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            • Padi

              Padi Active Member

              It won't apparently have a doubleclutch transmission. In fact, seems like they haven't thought about the transmission at all yet.

              Here's some answers: http://www.topgear.com/car-news/british/stop-what-youre-doing-its-aston-martin-am-rb-001#1
               
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              • tristatez28lt1

                tristatez28lt1 Well-Known Member

                I thought they were taking care of that with their hybrid electric motor?
                 
              • Wunderkind

                Wunderkind Active Member

                Many LaFerrari and P1 owners have said the most discernible difference between their cars and the Lambo Aventador is the transmission. Sure there is the issue of the pendulum effect that a heavy DCT-transaxle brings, but McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche all made it work. I think Aston martin better take note on this and find a way to do it. Don't forget most owners do drive their cars in the city. Rumor has it that the AM One-77's transmission was so bad that AM did not allow the motoring press to test drive the car prior to all cars were sold.
                 
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              • lafars

                lafars Active Member

                But when he is given free reign to design
                 
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