- Aston Martin/Adrian Newey developing ground-breaking machine
- Automaker becomes Innovation Partner to Red Bull Racing
- Exciting prospect for customers and enthusiasts
MELBOURNE, Australia – British supecar-maker Aston Martin and Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing have announced a collabation that hopes to see the creation of “a ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercar”.
Project ‘AM-RB 001’ says the car will be “the ultimate blend of cutting-edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s sports-car design” under the control of the automaker’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey.
Newey is widely regarded as F1’s most successful F1 designer and Reichman has been Aston Martin’s design chief since 2005. Their mission: “To produce the ultimate hypercar.”
Overall, the two groups say, the Innovation Partnership will “unite the world’s best aerodynamicists, composite experts and manufacturing masters”, separately supplying elite capabilities and skills to ensure the project will be “an exciting prospect for customers and enthusiasts around the world”.
Red Bull’s F1 cars will, though the 2016 racing season, carry Aston Martin’s “wings” starting with the Melbourne GP on March 20.
AM’s CEO Andy Palmer told The Corner in a media release: “F1 is a global stage to build wider awareness of the Aston Martin brand but the partnership will deliver more than that when the hypercar hits the road.
“We’re going to create a car that will excite and stir the imaginations of future car designers and a global audience of sports-car enthusiasts. These are exciting times… after the launch of the DB11 (early March 2016) this partnership underlines that our brand really is racing again.”
‘IT WILL REALISE A DREAM’
Red Bull Racing’s team principal Christian Horner said of the partnership: “This is a very exciting project for everybody at Red Bull Racing. Red Bull Advanced Technologies, led by Adrian, will harness our F1 DNA to produce the ultimate road cars.
“It’s an incredible project which will realise a dream and vision long held by Adrian to design a road car. We are very much looking forward to what I’m certain will be a successful partnership.”
Marek designed the Aston Martin DB11, the Aston Martin Vulcan and the One-77. He is said to hold the key to the unmistakeable shape of present Aston Martins.
Reichman added: “We’re developing a hypercar with the latest in aerodynamics from F1 and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin sports car. Collaboration with Adrian and Red Bull Advanced Technologies will be a fascinating experience for everybody involved.
“Unconstrained by F1 regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form – a fusion of art and technology.”
FLASHBACK IN HISTORY
Newey himself explained: “From the age of six I’ve had two life goals: to be involved in race-car design and the design of a supercar. While the first formed my career to date the second has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years.
“The opportunity to develop and realise those ideas while working with Marek and his colleagues at Aston Martin is tremendously exciting. It will translate the technology we have developed in F1 into a new arena.”
FOOTNOTE: The Aston Martin brand was born of the racing exploits of Lionel Martin – a founding partner more than a century ago. It had its international motor-racing debut at the 1922 French GP while motorsport has always been part of the brand’s DNA the most famous moment was AM’s 1959 outright win at the Le Mans 24 Hours for Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby in a DBR1.
The modern Aston Martin Racing team, formed in 2005, has three Le Mans class wins and will return to Sarthe circuit in June 2016.
Here’s the 2016 Formula 1 GP calendar
March 20 – Australia
April 3 – Bahrain
April 17 – China
May 1 – Sochi
May 15 – Spain
May 29 – Monaco
June 12 – Canada
June 19 – Baku*
July 3 – Austria
July 10 – Great Britain
July 24 – Hungary
July 31 – Germany
August 28 – Belgium
September 4 – Italy
September 18 – Singapore
October 2 – Malaysia
October 9 – Japan
October 23 – USA**
October 30 – Mexico
November 13 – Brazil
November 27 – Abu Dhabi
*Race start to be scheduled to avoid conflict with end of 24 Hours of Le Mans.
**Subject to agreement with the promoter and the ASN.