AM-RB001: return of the Cosworth V12
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We’ve known about the AM-RB001 for a while now – but now Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing have announced the technical partners they’ve handpicked to supply parts for the hyper-car.
At the heart of the project will be a high-reving, 6.5 litre naturally aspirated V12 supplied and built by Cosworth; a world famous name that has a long history of engine building in both motorsport and road cars.
Cosworth have decades of experience with in the world’s premier motorsport categories including Formula One and Indy Car, developing engines, powertrain design and performance electronics – providing invaluable experience and data for the AM-RB001 project.
Bolted to the back of the engine is a bespoke 7-speed paddle-shift transmission built by Ricardo, to Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ specification.
Ricardo has worked on a wide range of driveline and transmission systems, with solutions for industries including clean energy production, agriculture equipment and heavy rail. They are also the company responsible for building the transmission fitted to a Bugatti Veyron.
A lightweight hybrid battery system will also be developed and supplied by Rimac. A company acknowledged as a world leader in high-performance battery technology, in part due to their work with Concept-One - the world’s fastest all-electric hypercar.
Big power requires big breaks, and the job of stopping the AM-RB001 has been assigned to two companies - Alcon and Surface Transforms. Together they will the high performance brake calipers and carbon disks.
All these components will be housed in the AM-RB001’s carbon fibre mono-cell built by composite experts Multimatic; a firm that has had a close working relationship with Aston Martin for some time now, including work on the One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan.
Multimatic are also a partner of Chip Ganassi racing, playing an important role in development and construction of the Ford GT LM cars competing in America and Europe.
Electronics experts Bosh has been selected to create the engine control unit, traction control unit, and electronic stability control system that’ll keen all the mechanics in check.
The whole project is headed by Formula One design genius Adrian Newey, who together with a team of engineers from Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies has worked on the project for over a year now.
“Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort. To achieve great things you need to surround yourself with the best people, said Newey.
“Experience, creativity, energy, diligence and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.”
So with the team selected, suppliers arranged and working contracts finalised the scene is set for delivery of this Aston/Red Bull hyper-car. With first deliveries planned for 2019 – five to six year after Ferrari, McLaren and Porsches first entered the market – the finished product needs to be spectacular.
A maximum of 150 road going AM-RB001’s will be built, with 25 additional track-only versions. First deliveries are due in 2019.