The AM-RB 001: Reinventing Hypercars

This, Oh So Lofty readers, is no ordinary car. This concept, codenamed 001 until the production version is ready, is the next step in stupidly fast road cars. It is the result of a collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull’s racing team. Rumors about the companies working together circulated for months, and now we can see these rumors are true. However, no one expected just how insane this car would be. The 001 is designed by Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull’s F1 team, and looks like something that doesn’t belong anywhere other than a race track. It’s a low, wide, incredibly aggressive shape unlike anything I’ve ever seen, yet it still manages to keep that traditional Aston beauty.

Not too many details are known about the car’s performance at the moment, other than it being incredibly fast. Fast enough to put a Koenigsegg One:1 or McLaren P1 to shame. How is this possible? Well, the 001 will be powered by a big, naturally aspirated V12 engine. The engineers are aiming for a perfect 1:1 power to weight ratio, and with a car weighing around 1,000 kilos, 1,000 horsepower is a realistic expectation. Not only does being lightweight and powerful help, but the 001 will benefit from some of the most intimidating aerodynamic pieces ever put onto a road car. All things considered, when this car hits the public roads in 2018, it will be the most capable track car money can buy.

Or, I should say, money could buy. That’s right, Aston is only building around 99 of these monsters. Another 24 or so will be built in an even more hardcore track configuration, and I would be shocked if they weren’t sold out in the near future. Despite a price of around $3 million, this car seems so above and beyond today’s hypercars that the price seems reasonable. Especially for those lucky few that get the chance to own one of these, as it will surely provide an experience unlike anything else. For more on Aston Martin’s collaboration with Red Bull, as well as other hypercar news, make sure to stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.