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Project AM-RB 001

(2016 - 2020)

During the lead up to the 2016 Melbourne Grand Prix, Aston Martin and Formula One team Red Bull Racing announced a partnership in which Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman had already started collaborating to produce a ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercar. Codenamed Project ‘AM-RB 001’, and known internally as Nebula, the new hypercar will represent the ultimate blend of cutting edge Formula 1 technology with Aston Martin’s signature sports car design. The combined talents of Newey, widely noted as the most successful Formula One designer of all time, and Reichman, Aston Martin’s design chief since 2005, are set to produce the ultimate hypercar.

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Combining the strongest elements of Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advanced Technologies, Aston Martin and project partner Switzerland based AF Racing AG,  the new partnership unites the world’s best aerodynamicists, composite experts and manufacturing masters. Rather than trying to out-drag the Bugatti Chiron, the focus is on aerodynamics and building a car that will be quick around a circuit. AML CEO, Andy Palmer has stated that the new road car is intended to lap the Silverstone GP circuit in a time equal or less than either an F1 or LMP1 race car – this is about 1 minute, 37 seconds. All this from a two seater road car. 

The concept was unveiled at the Gaydon factory in July 2016 in front of workers and members of the press. Not too many details were given but what we did find out was the price (between £2 and £3 million), numbers (at least 99 but no more than 150) and that the performance will be comparable to that of an LMP1 sports car. By the time of the unveiling, 370 people had requested to be on the list to own one of the cars. 

Aston Martin have never built a production mid-engined car before although they came close back in 1980 with the unique, 200 mph, gull-winged two seat concept known as the Bulldog. Also another mid engined Aston Martin that never saw the light of day was the AM305M, the forerunner to the massively successful V8 Vantage.

Aston Martin have also opened a new microsite featuring the AM-RB 001.