Aston Martin and the Red Bull Racing Formula One team are collaborating on a new supercar, because what else would you expect those two entities to work together on? The car, called the AM-RB 001, will be as expensive and rare as it is fast.
Production will be limited to 99 units, priced at 2 million to 3 million pounds (about $3 million to $4 million), designers Marek Reichman of Aston Martin and Adrian Newey of Red Bull confirmed in a recent interview with Autocar. That’s even more than the $2.3 million Aston asked for its limited-edition Vulcan track car, although compared to that model’s 24-unit production run, the AM-RB 001 will be positively common.
The AM-RB 001 will be unlike any production Aston Martin, thanks to its mid-engined layout. This is a given in most supercars, but Aston Martin has stuck with front-engined road cars until now. The DP 100 Vision Gran Turismo concept hinted at what a mid-engined Aston could look like, but that car was never intended to exist outside of a video game.
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Other details are being kept under wraps, but designers Reichman and Newey did say the AM-RB 001 will have a decently-spacious two-seat cabin, with “modest” luggage space. This is a supercar, after all, although Aston may try to infuse it with some of the luxury of its more traditional offerings.
In addition to collaborating on the AM-RB 001, Aston Martin also applied its logos to Red Bull’s 2016 RB12 F1 car. Red Bull recently had a falling out with former technical partner Renault, so it could use another car company as a friend. Aston probably won’t provide much financial or technical assistance, but it may have a connection to a company that could.
Mercedes-Benz also has a technical partnership with Aston, which will see it provide engines and electrical hardware for the British firm’s sports cars. Mercedes engines are currently dominating F1, and many analysts have predicted Aston will soon slap its name on a Mercedes-powered F1 car. Red Bull is eager to find a new engine supplier, adding to the intrigue.