Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Hypercar
Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing unveil radical AM-RB 001 hypercar in the Middle East
The corniche road in Abu Dhabi leading to the 5-star property, Etihad Towers is well lit with decorative flashing lights giving the flavor of the carnival. The United Arab Emirates is preparing for the celebrations of 45th National Day. Abu Dhabi itself is gearing up for the F1 Grand Prix festival attracting a stadium filled 60,000 plus crowd. The only other thing that was eminent, was the prediction of the sand storm on the race day!
The timing was perfect and the ambiance was set. There could be various reason for the weather warning, however, I witnessed the regional unveiling of the radical AM-RB 001 hypercar enough to create a storm on its own. Aston martin after creating the mad animal Vulcan is about to unleash yet another one, only this time it would be civil enough to be road legal as well.
Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have unveiled the groundbreaking hypercar AM-RB 001 for the first time in the Middle East. The debut came on the eve of the 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, AM-RB 001 was presented during a private reception hosted by Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer and Red Bull Racing Driver Max Verstappen.
The AM-RB 001 is a revolutionary fusion of form and function: an epoch-making car engineered to be entirely usable and enjoyable as a road car, but with the capability to perform like no road car before it on a race track. Relentless, the AM-RB 001 is a bespoke machine from the tires up, and at its heart is a new, mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine.
Red Bull Racing Team Principal, Christian Horner, added: “The AM-RB 001 has been an inspirational project to deliver in synergy with our partners Aston Martin. As we reveal the car at different cities across the globe, it is incredibly rewarding to see the delight and reactions of those viewing it for the first time. We will no doubt witness as much of a sense of wonder and excitement here in Abu Dhabi and across venues in the Middle East, as anywhere else in the world.”
Built around a lightweight carbon fiber structure, the AM-RB 001 boasts truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car. Thanks to the genius of Adrian Newey’s design, much of this downforce is generated through underfloor aerodynamics, leaving Marek Reichman free to craft a pure yet breathtaking dramatic form that elegantly expresses both the AM-RB 001’s dynamism and the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said “I am thrilled to be in Abu Dhabi to present the AM-RB 001 for the first time in the region, and what better opportunity to do so than just hours before the Formula 1 race begins. All of those involved in AM-RB 001 are extremely proud of the car, and I have no doubt it will make automotive history. Its reception around the world has been phenomenal, and we expect those in the Middle East to be no less excited.”
Dr. Andy promised that the car will soon be given a very sexy name and hinted that there will be 10 cars coming to the UAE alone. Total volume will be 150 road cars inclusive of all remaining prototypes and not-so-surprisingly all have been sold! However, for those zealous who have racing fuel running in their veins, an even more intensely focused driving experience, a track-only AM-RB 001 is also in development. and 25 track-only versions, with first deliveries commencing in 2019.