In an industry as innovative as ours, there’s a regular roll-out of brilliant cars for us to marvel at; a new Ferrari or a world-beating hot hatch will have us scrambling for details and itching for a drive.
But these cars appear a couple of times every year. What we really get excited about are the cars that come along once a decade.
These cars are disruptive, expensive, rare and unthinkably fast. They define a moment in automotive history; they become the automatic poster hero for a generation.
The AM-RB 001 is one of those cars – I can tell already. In fact, I could have guessed when we first broke the story in March. A joint collaboration between F1 whiz Adrian Newey and iconic carmaker, Aston Martin – a dream tie-up if ever there was one.
The McLaren F1 was borne of a similar relationship in the ‘90s, and with its central driving position and long-standing production car speed record, it’s still regarded as one of the finest supercars ever built.
Then came the Bugatti Veyron in the noughties, with its exotic and massively complicated 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine. The production car speed record had a new holder, and a whole new generation of car enthusiasts had their new hero.