This is the Aston Martin AM-RB 001, the hypercar built in collaboration with Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing that is the fastest, most advanced Aston yet and the first road car to be created by the foremost F1 designer, Adrian Newey.
Autocar was granted exclusive access to this full-sized model of the two-seat AM-RB 001 ahead of its official unveiling at Aston’s Gaydon headquarters on 5 July. A total of "between 99 and 150" road cars will be built, as well as 25 track cars. In its track specification, the AM-RB 001 will, Aston boss Andy Palmer maintains, be capable of lapping Silverstone at the same pace as an F1 car in race trim.
Newey’s influence is most evident on the car’s underbody, which is shrink-wrapped to the underside of the driver compartment at the front and the engine bay at the rear. Front and rear diffusers provide downforce and channel air for ‘ground effect’ aerodynamics.
Aston Martin chief designer Miles Nurnberger described it as “a catamaran with wheels, not a car”. He added: “We’ve shown a few potential customers and they’ve all said, ‘Where do my feet go?’ It is so shrink-wrapped, and on the top surfaces, everything is tucked down to the body so tightly.”
The final production car is likely to be about 1900mm wide and less than a metre tall. The definitive car is likely to grow slightly and feature some changes to the model because the technical package is still being honed.
After dihedral doors were considered, Aston Martin and Red Bull opted for gullwing doors to make entry to the cabin as easy as possible. “You stand in the car and drop yourself down into it. The steering wheel comes off to aid that,” said Nurnberger.