Our artist's impression of how an AM-RB 001 could look in race trim
The headline-grabbing claim of Aston boss Andy Palmer that the AM-RB 001 will be capable of lapping Silverstone as fast as a Formula 1 car implies that the car wouldn’t be left wanting for pace in competitive racing.
Given the car’s passing similarity to a Le Mans Prototype, it is feasible for a rollcage and other safety equipment to be installed in the cabin.
The sticking point could be which championship it would be eligible for. Adrian Newey relished this challenge because he wasn’t constrained by the strict regulations that have tempered some of his most innovative ideas in F1.
Although it couldn’t enter the Le Mans 24 Hours against Porsche, Audi and Toyota because it doesn’t meet the rules, perhaps AM-RB 001 could be a candidate for Garage 56 at Le Mans, the invitation entry reserved for innovative projects.