Aston Martin and Red Bull Could Be Developing a Sequel to the AM-RB 001 Hypercar
Which is good, because you just missed your chance to buy this one.
If you’ve been buying up Mega Millions tickets solely with the intention of scraping together enough cash to place an order for the forthcoming Aston Martin-Red Bull hypercar...well, we have some bad news. All the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 speed machines have been spoken for, according to the carmaker.
Earlier today, Aston Martin revealed that all 150 units of the roughly-1,000-horsepower hypercar now officially have partial deposits on their metaphorical hoods. Even those deposits, however, are worth a minor lottery victory; Auto Express reports buyers were asked to put down around £500,000 (roughly $635,000) for each copy of the street-legal hypercar, which is rumored to ultimately cost between $1.2–$2 million a pop.
But don’t stop buying those lottery tickets just because you missed your chance to spec out your dream AM-RB 001. Aston also announced that it would be extending its partnership with Red Bull for a second year into 2017, prompting immediate speculation that the two brands are planning a follow-up supercar—speculation that Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer was all too happy to encourage, according to Autocar, claiming the two companies could go on to build “[a] 002, a 003 or a 007 even.” (An Aston spokesperson later described Palmer’s language as “more tongue-in-cheek” than anything else.)
Of course, the companies could simply be extending the relationship in order to continue the work on the car together; the first prototypes are expected to hit the ground running next year, while customer deliveries likely won’t occur until 2019.
Aston Martin and Red Bull officially announced the AM-RB 001 earlier this year, declaring that the car would offer performance nearly on par with a Formula One car while still being capable of road use. Power will come from a combination of a new naturally-aspirated V12 that revs to around 11,000 rpm, possibly along with an F1-inspired hybrid system; overall weight will be low enough to give the car a one-hp-to-one-kilo power-to-weight ratio, much like the Koenigsegg One:1. And thanks to the aerodynamic wisdom of Red Bull F1’s Adrian Newey, it should stick to the ground like flypaper even without Airbus-like wings.