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The most innovative supercar yet?

One of Britain’s most iconic automakers, Aston Martin is mostly known for its exquisite grand tourer and fast race cars. While not the kind of automaker you’d go to in order to buy a supercar, Aston Martin made a small first step into this segment in 2009 with the bespoke One-77. In 2016, the Brits launched their second supercar, the Vulcan, but only as a track car. It was followed by a beefed-up AMR Pro version in 2017, but Aston Martin isn’t going to stop here. Following a partnership with Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin created the AM-RB 001, an innovative concept car that will go into production under the Valkyrie name.

Developed with input from Formula One genius Adrian Newey, the Valkyrie was designed with the most aggressive aerodynamics in mind and many of the techniques used in professional racing. Newey is also looking to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, something only Koenigsegg obtained with the limited-edition One:1 supercars. Set to use a naturally aspirated V-12 engine to move about, the Valkyrie will be produced in both road-legal and race-only versions. Production of both will be very limited, so it’s safe to assume that it will be highly expensive.

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Wanna Make Your Aston Martin Valkyrie Even Cooler? Just Add Moon Dust

Wanna Make Your Aston Martin Valkyrie Even Cooler? Just Add Moon Dust

Prepare for blast off

Throughout its development, the Aston Martin Valkyrie was known internally as the “Nebula,” a fitting moniker considering the hypercar’s otherworldly speed potential and performance specs. Now, one lucky owner is taking the association to the next level by adding Moon dust to the equation.

In a recent post to Instagram, user lamborghiniks proclaimed “I have sourced, gotten proper verification, and purchased an actual Rock from the Moon which will be ground to dust and used as a key ingredient in Karosserie Lunar Red which will be the color of my Aston Martin Valkyrie.” Apparently, lamborghiniks also enjoys a variety of other exotics in his garage, including a Koenigsegg Agera XS, Pagani Huayra BC, and Lamborghini Veneno.

It’s an interesting idea, and certainly unique, but it makes us wonder what effect (if any) the Moon dust will have on the Valkyrie’s appearance. In fact, lamborghiniks is gonna need a pretty sizable chunk of the stuff to even see it show up on the body panels at all. But at least he’s not painting it in some obnoxious gold flake or chrome wrap, right?

As a reminder, the Aston Martin Valkyrie reaches escape velocity by way of a hybrid, naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 tuned by Cosworth to produce upwards of 1,130 horsepower. Output is routed through a seven-speed Ricardo dual-clutch automatic, while the hybrid is a KERS-style system from Rimac. At just 1,030 kg (2,271 pounds), the Valkyrie manages a power-to-weight ratio better than the ’ole one-to-one figure. It’s also got some pretty serious aero, but that doesn’t really apply on the Moon. Unless you count solar wind.

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Thanksgiving Day Special – 7 Cars We're Thankful For

Thanksgiving Day Special – 7 Cars We’re Thankful For

Counting our blessings… and horsepower too

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of daily life, and in the process, forget about all the good things you’ve got going for you. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those blessings, providing an opportunity to be grateful for what you have. For us car lovers, 2017 brought all kinds of new stuff to be thankful for, with a bevy of outrageous hypercars to drool over and bench race. As such, we’ve put together a list of cars we’re thankful for right here for your enjoyment.

While 2017 certainly brought the goods in terms of high-end performance, we had to toss in a few other models as well, ya know, just to remind us how truly fortunate we are. And, per usual, we wanna know what cars you’re thankful for. It doesn’t have to be some top-shelf, 250-mph insane-o machine. Perhaps you’re thankful for your trusty daily driver, which reliably ferries you to and fro without issue. Let us know in the comments. And oh yeah – Happy Thanksgiving!

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2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Aston’s hypercar goes track-only, offers F1-esque speed

Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight. The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times.

That’s a mighty impressive boast, especially for a platform that traces its roots to something you can drive on the road. Indeed, this is Aston’s idea of “ultimate,” the top of the mountain in the land of fast. This is what you get when you give Aston Martin and Red Bull an extreme performance car plus a blank check for track use. We know you wanna know more about it, so read on for the details.

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Aston Martin's Going All-In On The Development Of Its Ferrari 488 Competitor

Aston Martin’s Going All-In On The Development Of Its Ferrari 488 Competitor

Best way to compete against a rival is to get people who worked for the rival

If the development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie wasn’t proof enough that Aston Martin wants to be a player in the performance car industry, maybe this little news surrounding its plans for a super sports car to compete against the Ferrari 488 will do the trick. For those who are unaware, Aston Martin is building a supercar in the vein of the 488 and the Lamborghini Huracan and, from what Aston Martin’s CEO told Autoblog, it plans to make a statement with the car and put the establishment on notice.

This early on, it looks like Aston Martin has already recognized one of the most important aspects of the car’s development: having the right people in charge of it. That much was made clear by Palmer when he said that they’ve brought in “three of Ferrari’s key guys” to take the helm in the development of the planned supercar. Of the three, two have already been mentioned, including Max Szwaj, former head of innovation and body structures at Ferrari and Maserati and Joerg Ross, former head of advanced engines at Ferrari and Maserati. Szwaj has since been named vice president and chief technical officer of Aston Martin while Ross is now the chief engineer of powertrain at the company. A third hire has already been finalized but his identity has yet to be revealed. It’s no accident that all three individuals all come from the same place, which also happens to build one of the cars - the 488 GTB - that Aston Martin is targeting. That’s as good a sign as any that the British automaker is really pulling out all the stops to give the segment a real jolt.

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is, In Some Ways, A Formula One Car Itself

The Aston Martin Valkyrie Is, In Some Ways, A Formula One Car Itself

The hype train surrounding Aston Martin’s hypercar keep gaining steam

Winter may have arrived in the land of Westeros, but here in the real world, the wait for the Aston Martin Valkyrie continues. The jointly-developed hypercar is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the year, and for its part, Aston Martin has done next to nothing in dousing the hype surrounding its crown jewel creation. In fact, all Aston seems to be doing is generating even more hype for the hypercar with the latest revelation coming by way of the automaker’s vice president and chief special operations officer, David King. Speaking with Motor1, King indicated that the track-spec version of the Valkyrie will be able to post lap times approaching those achieved by Formula One race cars.

Now, this isn’t the first time that a statement like this has hit the wire, but it is important in this case because of the pedigree of the people working on the actual car, particularly Red Bull Racing, one of the most successful Formula One teams of the past decade. Everything we’ve come to know about the Valkyrie leads up to its performance prowess, and with Red Bull involved in the thick of its development, there’s no reason to believe that Aston Martin is just trying to draw up some hype for its hypercar. It would be very interesting to see how the Valkyrie can do around a track like the Nurburgring where the fastest Formula One cars are believed to be capable of posting lap times of six minutes or less, almost a minute faster than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante that owns the lap record for production cars around the massive circuit.

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2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie

2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie

The most innovative supercar yet?

One of Britain’s most iconic automakers, Aston Martin is mostly known for its exquisite grand tourer and fast race cars. While not the kind of automaker you’d go to in order to buy a supercar, Aston Martin made a small first step into this segment in 2009 with the bespoke One-77. In 2016, the Brits launched their second supercar, the Vulcan, but only as a track car. It was followed by a beefed-up AMR Pro version in 2017, but Aston Martin isn’t going to stop here. Following a partnership with Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin created the AM-RB 001, an innovative concept car that will go into production under the Valkyrie name.

Developed with input from Formula One genius Adrian Newey, the Valkyrie was designed with the most aggressive aerodynamics in mind and many of the techniques used in professional racing. Newey is also looking to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, something only Koenigsegg obtained with the limited-edition One:1 supercars. Set to use a naturally aspirated V-12 engine to move about, the Valkyrie will be produced in both road-legal and race-only versions. Production of both will be very limited, so it’s safe to assume that it will be highly expensive.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie Is Getting Ready For Its Close-up

Aston Martin Valkyrie Is Getting Ready For Its Close-up

Leaner, lighter, and fiercer-looking Valkyrie is about to unleash its wrath on the world

Years of handwork between Aston Martin and Red Bull has finally led to this. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is getting closer and closer to completion and we now have what Aston Martin designer Miles Nurnberger describes as 95 percent of the car’s exterior design. Yes, the near-production version of the hypercar is here, and we’re just about to fall in love with.

The British automaker describes the latest iteration of the Valkyrie as a “further developed version” of the car that we last saw earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. At first glance, the differences between this updated version are evident compared to the previous version. The front end, in particular, looks considerably lighter, a by-product of Adrian Newey’s decision to incorporate new openings in the body between the cockpit and the front wheel arches. Turns out, this new design helps create more front downforce for the hypercar, enabling it to function at its maximum peak. No surprises then that Aston Martin decided to incorporate these changes into the car’s design. There are plenty more changes to the design of the Valkyrie, almost all of which were made to ensure that the car is as light as can be when it’s finally ready to make its world debut. Seems fitting then that we’re getting a good look at what could very well be the final design of the car because the version we saw at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show ago looks like a brute compared to this one.

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Aston Martin Throws Down The Hammer On Flipping Valkyrie Reservation Slots

Aston Martin Throws Down The Hammer On Flipping Valkyrie Reservation Slots

Those who get caught will lose their reservations for the hypercar and get permanently shut out on future special editions

If any of you happen to have a reserved slot for the Aston Martin Valkyrie, don’t even think about flipping that slot just so you can make easy money out of it. Well, you could still do it technically, but if Aston Martin catches you - a good chance it will - you’ll not only lose your reservation slot, but you’ll also get the door shut on you on any future Aston Martin special edition models. Permanently.

That edict comes from no less than Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who responded to a tweet showing a Dubai-based dealership selling a “build slot” for the Valkyrie. In his own words, Palmer said: "I doubt they have a slot, but if they do and we identify who flipped, they lose the car." As if that’s not enough, if Aston catches anybody with their hands inside the proverbial cookie jar, they also lose out on any future special edition models the British automaker may build. The lesson then here is quite simple: don’t flip those build slots if you want to remain in the company’s good graces. If you do decide to go for it and you end up getting caught, I can’t imagine a worse punishment in this circumstance than losing out on buying the Valkyrie.

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie's Total Output May Have Just Been Revealed

The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s Total Output May Have Just Been Revealed

Almost all of it will come from the Cosworth-sourced 6.5-liter V-12 engine

If you’ve been waiting with baited breath to learn about how much power the Aston Martin Valkyrie will have, it appears that the wait is finally over. According to Road and Track, the Valkyrie hypercar will produce 1,130 horsepower, and almost all of it will come from the 6.5-liter V-12 engine that Aston Martin sourced from Cosworth.

Now to be clear, Road and Track doesn’t have the official word from Aston Martin, but rather from sources which it describes as “deeply familiar with the car.” Still, even without Gaydon’s official confirmation, the reported 1,130-horsepower output of the Valkyrie falls into the vicinity of what’s been expected of the hypercar from a power perspective. What’s a little surprising is that of that total, 1,000 horsepower of it will be provided by the Cosworth-sourced V-12 engine with the accompanying electric motor that features Formula One’s kinetic energy regeneration system (KERS) accounting for the remaining 130 horsepower. Just as important as the power figures for the hypercar is the notion that the Valkyrie will achieve Aston Martin’s goal for it to have a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, a term popularized in mainstream automotive circles by the Koenigsegg One:1. While the Valkyrie doesn’t approach the 1,500-horsepower output of the One:1, it does make up for it with a kerb weight of just 1,030 kg (roughly 2,270 pounds), meaning that the hypercar will weigh 500 kg less than the Porsche 918 Spyder while still having more than 200 horsepower on its side compared to the 918. In other words, holy smokes.

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You Better Keep Your Figure If You Want To Fit Inside The Aston Martin Valkyrie

You Better Keep Your Figure If You Want To Fit Inside The Aston Martin Valkyrie

Automaker plans to 3-D scan the bodies of those who will end up owning the hypercar

To say there are tons of details involved in the development of a hypercar is tantamount to a huge understatement. Some companies even resort to things that could be described as gimmicks to get their point across. Take Aston Martin for example. We already know that it’s developing the Valkyrie hypercar with Red Bull Racing and that the car is about the closest thing we have to a road-going Formula One car. But apparently, the level of personalization attached to the Valkyrie has reached a point wherein owners of the car are required to have their bodies 3D scanned so Aston Martin can develop a personalized driver’s seat. Owners might find it difficult to indulge on unnecessary midnight snacks if they want to continue to fit in the car.

Aston Martin didn’t give a reason behind this odd requirement, except that it’s probably doing it to maximize the driving potential of the Valkyrie. The company did say the Valkyrie is being developed to be the most dynamic hypercar in the land, even if it’s not the fastest. A big part of keeping that objective in mind is apparently to design a driver’s seat that’s personalized to the car owner’s body type. That basically means owners better keep their bodies in the shape that they’re in when Aston Martin has it 3D scanned. Go too far in either direction and you might not end up fitting in it as comfortably as you’d like. In the annals of the unusual, this definitely ranks right up there at the top.

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Aston Martin Prepares Competitor For The McLaren 720S

Aston Martin Prepares Competitor For The McLaren 720S

Aston Martin isn’t playing around.

Aston Martin is full of ambition these days. The sheet hasn’t even been pulled off of the Aston Martin Valkyrie (that’s the AM-RB 001, developed by AM and Red Bull, for those of you that have been sleeping for the last week) and the brand is already planning yet another supercar that could launch as early as 2021 if AM plays its cards right. That’s the word from Autocar, anyway. This new supercar would be a heat-seeking missile aimed at models like the McLaren 720S, and Ferrari’s 488 GTB, among others.

Of course, we’ll see the Valkyrie make its long-awaited debut long before that happens, which – as a matter of fact – was a necessity in planning this next supercar thanks to the new technology developed by both AM and Red Bull. Apparently, the new supercar will be built in AM’s Gaydon plant alongside the new DB11, the Aston Martin Vantage, and the Vanquish, the latter of which is slated to encroach the front-engined supercar segment next year. Little is known about this next supercar, but it should be more “mainstream,” if there’s such a thing as a mainstream supercar. It will be mid-engined, and it will follow the same basic structure of the Valkyrie – a move that means there will be a huge focus on aerodynamics under the car.

If current reports are to be believed, development of this new car will be headed by Max Szwaj, Ferrari’s ex-chief technical officer and design will be handled by design chief Marek Reichman. Autocar also claims that Adrian Newey could very well have involvement in this new supercar as well, which is really big news.

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Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Got Baptized By Gods

Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Got Baptized By Gods

It’s about time....

It seems like it’s been forever that we’ve been calling the beast-child created by Red Bull and Aston Martin the AM-RB 001, but all that has come to an end, and – along with the best look we’ve gotten at the car so far – I’d like to introduce you to the Aston Martin Valkyrie. That’s right, it’s not being called the Nebula, and if I catch any of you calling it theAM-RB 001, or any other variation of its code name, I’m not going to be happy about it. Just kidding – call it what you want – but be careful as, in Norse Mythology, Valkyrie was a female figure who ultimately chose who lived and died on the battlefield.

To be honest, it’s a pretty awesome and fitting name, given the credentials AM and Reb Bull have been boasting over the past year. We’re talking about a car that’s motivated by a 6.5-liter Cosworth-built, V-12 that will let this unique beast hit 200 mph in just 10 seconds, top out at 250 mph, and grip in the corners to the tune of 4.5g! And, let’s not forget about the 4,000 pounds of downforce the car will create without using a rear-mounted wing. Needless to say, this thing is going to be crazy, and will probably kill just about anything that tries to get in its way.

Marek Reichman, AM’s Chief Creative Officer, said, “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honor, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”

And, there you have it. The car has been blessed by the gods and is ready to bring a divine presence to the streets.

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Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Makes Global Debut In Toronto... Sort Of

Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Makes Global Debut In Toronto... Sort Of

Not yet ready for production, but already on display

It’s been less than a week since Aston Martin highlighted its technical partners and unveiled some drivetrain information for the AM-RB 001 project, and the hypercar has already made its global debut. Well, not exactly a proper debut since the vehicle isn’t yet ready to go into production, but Aston Martin did display a full-size model at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

The venue is a bit surprising given that Toronto isn’t not a major auto show, but it’s a global debut nonetheless. Also, there’s no word as to why Aston Martin chose Canada to display the hypercar for the first time, but it seems to be a full-time effort that also includes company CEO Andy Palmer.

"The Canadian International Auto Show marks the global auto show debut of our groundbreaking hypercar. The AM-RB 001 is destined to become the defining hypercar of this decade and a hugely desirable investment for collectors and enthusiasts," Palmer had to say about the event.

The debut comes with no additional information about the supercar, but we already know quite a few details. Last week, Aston Martin unveiled that the AM-RB 001 will use a naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter, V-12 developed by Cosworth. Additionally, it will have a lightweight tub made from carbon-fiber by Multimatic and a braking system created by Alcon and Surface Transforms. Bosch was also commissioned to develop a bespoke engine control unit, a traction control unit, and the electronic stability program. Finally, the supercar’s LED headlamps and taillights will be built by Wipac, which developed light units for the Porsche Carrera GT and the Lamborghini Aventador.

First deliveries of the AM-RB 001 aren’t due until 2019, so don’t expect the fully functional hypercar to be unveiled until late 2017 or early 2018.

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Aston Martin AM-RB 001 to Feature Cosworth V-12 Engine

Aston Martin AM-RB 001 to Feature Cosworth V-12 Engine

First units will be delivered in 2019

Confirmed in 2016, the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 will arrive sometime in 2018 as the company’s most extreme vehicle to date. Developed in cooperation with F1’s Red Bull Racing — headed by engineering genius Adrian Newey — and AF Racing, the supercar will feature F1-inspired aerodynamics, an innovative gearbox, as well as all the creature comforts one needs in a daily driver. It will also be extremely powerful, but details aren’t yet available outside the fact that Aston Martin is aiming for a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. However, the British firm just revealed that the AM-RB 001 will use a naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter V-12 developed by Cosworth.

And this is great news, as Cosworth is no stranger to racing and road-going performance, having developed several high-performance engines over the last decades.

With five Formula One championships under its belt as an engine manufacturer and a range of impressive drivetrains build for Ford and Mercedes-Benz, Cosworth is definitely more than capable of delivering a world-beating engine for the AM-RB 001.

Although details are scant, Aston Martin did say that the V-12 will mate to a bespoke seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission designed by Ricardo to Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ specifications. The AM-RB 001 will also use a hybrid battery system supplied by Rimac, known for its incredibly fast Concept-One all-electric hypercar.

Further greasy bits unveiled in Aston Martin’s latest statement include a lightweight tub made from carbon-fiber by Multimatic, who also helped develop the One-77 and the Vulcan, and a braking system created by Alcon and Surface Transforms. Bosch was also commissioned to develop a bespoke engine control unit (ECU), a traction control unit, and electronic stability program (ESP). Finally, the supercar’s LED headlamps and taillights will be built by Wipac, which developed light units for the Porsche Carrera GT and the Lamborghini Aventador.

“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. 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," said Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer.

First deliveries of the AM-RB 001 are due to commence in 2019, according to the British company.

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Aston Martin Picks An Odd Place To Unveil The AM-RB 001 Hypercar

Aston Martin Picks An Odd Place To Unveil The AM-RB 001 Hypercar

It won’t be at the Geneva Motor Show, folks

Fasten those seal belts, everyone. The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is now being prepared to make its long-awaited auto show debut. You could even book your tickets now because the hypercar will be in attendance at the…Canadian International Auto Show. Wait, what?

Yes, you read that right. The AM-RB 001, arguably the most eagerly awaited auto debut of the year, won’t make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Instead, Aston Martin is making the hypercar the crown jewel of the CIAS in Toronto later this week before it makes an “appearance” in Geneva in March.

Venue notwithstanding, there’s a lot riding on Aston Martin to make an impression in Toronto and it’s no surprise that the British automaker is making its big wigs available for the occasion, including CEO Andy Palmer, who has confirmed his attendance at the CIAS where he will lead the unveiling of the hypercar that he himself describes as the “defining hypercar of this decade.”

For now, neither Aston Martin nor Red Bull Technologies, its partner in this ambitious endeavor, have made any comments regarding official details about the AM-RB 001. We do know though that the hypercar will make use of a naturally-aspirated V-12 engine to go with a small electric motor. Together, they should be good for an output that will exceed over 1,000 horsepower as part of the automaker’s goal for the hypercar to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

So set those calendars and alarms ready, ladies and gentlemen. The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 will not debut in Geneva as you might have expected. It’s happening much earlier in Toronto when the Canadian International Auto Show starts on February 17, 2017.

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Aston Martin's AM-RB 001 Will Carry 250-MPH Top Speed

Aston Martin’s AM-RB 001 Will Carry 250-MPH Top Speed

It’s fast and it’s powerful; No surprises there

The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is shaping up to be a hellacious hypercar and that’s taking into consideration the lack of concrete details we have about it. But now, no less than Aston Martin’s own chief designer Marek Reichman has pulled the covers on some information about the AM-RB 001 that’s going to exponentially increase the hype surrounding the hypercar. Reichman certainly didn’t hold back on the details, telling Motoring Australia that the car will have a top speed of 250 mph, among other golden nuggets of news.

250 mph, ladies and gentlemen. If Reichman is accurate with his claim, that would make the AM-RB 001 the fifth fastest production car in history, outpaced only by the likes of the Hennessey Venom GT (270 mph), the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (268 mph), the Bugatti Chiron (electronically limited 261 mph), and the SSC Ultimate Aero (256 mph). By comparison, the AM-RB 001 would be faster than the likes of the Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo (248 mph), the Koenigsegg CCR (242 mph), and McLaren’s legendary F1 supercar (241 mph).

Reichman also said that the AM-RB 001 would utilize a bespoke naturally aspirated V-12 engine that will displace anywhere between 6.0- to 7.0-liters and produce an output of 1,000 horsepower. The engine will also feature a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) that’s typically found on Formula One cars, one that will tack on an extra 80-horsepower of boost, allowing the AM-RB 001 to generate short bursts of full electric mobility. That inclusion of the KERS system on the bespoke V-12 engine makes sense considering that Aston Martin is working on the hypercar together with F1 outfit Red Bull Racing and its own head designer, Adrian Newey.

Beyond the engine and the accompanying performance numbers, Reichman also said that the design of the AM-RB 001’s production model will resemble “95 percent” of the concept, except for a few additions to improve the car’s cooling and aerodynamic characteristics. Small integrated cameras will also be installed on the A-pillars, taking the place of traditional side mirrors.

As far as the interior goes, Aston Martin’s objective is to tailor-fit the seats to accommodate the size and build of a specific buyer, ensuring that whoever gets to own any of the units that Aston Martin sells will literally have a car that’s all to himself.

Reichman also laid out a timetable for the AM-RB 001 in the upcoming years, beginning with test sessions for the first prototypes in the latter part of 2017, ahead of the car’s expected launch date in 2018. Deliveries are expected to commence soon thereafter, possibly as early as late 2018 before bleeding into 2019.

Not that the dates matter to us since all 150 units of the AM-RB 001 are already spoken for. Even if one of these 150 customers drops out for whatever reason, Aston Martin also has a three-figure waiting list made up of people who will be more than happy to take someone else’s place and pay the $3 million cost of the hypercar.

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The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Can Reportedly Hit 200 MPH in just 10 Seconds

The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Can Reportedly Hit 200 MPH in just 10 Seconds

There are some caveats, but still, the numbers are beyond comprehension

Many of us believe the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar is going to be the most intense vehicles ever built. It’s been tipped to produce 1,000 horsepower while carrying a curb weight of just 1,000 kilos (2,205 pounds). It’s also going to feature one of the most aerodynamically designed hypercars in history, all thanks to head designer Adrian Newey. For his part, Newey dropped yet another bombshell about the AM-RB 001, telling the Wall Street Journal that the hypercar is estimated to sprint from 0 to 200 mph in just 10 seconds. If that’s not enough, the AM-RB 001 can reportedly go the other way, stopping from 200 mph to a standstill in an incredible five seconds.

For comparison’s sake, the Koenigsegg One:1, considered as the world’s first megacar, went on some performance runs back in July 2015 and clocked in a 0-to-200 mph time of 14.3 seconds before braking back to a standstill position in 6.384 seconds. You don’t need to be a math genius to estimate that the AM-RB 001 would be a little over four seconds faster than the One:1 in a race to 200 mph and it could break faster to zero in a little over a second.

Of course, the AM-RB 001’s numbers still needs to be verified, especially after these bold proclamations. Those numbers were reportedly achieved through computer simulations, so those numbers could look much different when the actual AM-RB 001 hits the track and tries to set those speeds in real-world driving conditions.

But let’s not get too sideways into thinking this hypercar, co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull, will be a disappointment. Every measure imaginable points to the AM-RB 001 being one of the sickest cars the auto industry has ever seen, even if it doesn’t live up to those eye-popping performance numbers that are now being thrown around.

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Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Getting Massive Interest From Prospective Customers

Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Getting Massive Interest From Prospective Customers

Demand is said to be outmatching supply by three to one

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is getting massive interest from prospective customers. Sure, it’s going to cost in excess of $3 million and the estimated launch date isn’t until 2020, but that hasn’t stopped at least 450 customers from voicing their interest in the hypercar, so says Simon Sproule, Aston Martin’s director of global marketing communications.

Speaking with Motoring Australia, Sproule indicated that upon the AM-RB 001’s revelation in July, the British automaker already received 370 requests to be listed for the car. Now that number is up to 450 and all of this comes well after Aston Martin announce plans to cap production of the hypercar to just 99 units.

Turns out, a lot of people are already jostling to be included among the 99 lucky owners of the AM-RB 001, even though it’s not clear if Aston Martin will have a stringent selection process to determine the owners like Ford recently did with the new GT supercar. What’s clear is that people are tripping over themselves and others to get a hold of the AM-RB 001.

In related news, Aston Martin design boss Marek Reichman also confirmed reports that the British automaker plans to launch a mid-engine sports car that will be based on the same platform as the AM-RB 001. That model won’t get the same F1-inspired aerodynamic qualities, nor will it be subjected to the same kind of automotive diet as the hypercar. But it will be released at some point after 2020 and it will be packaged in a similar carbon fiber chassis similar to the range of mid-engine sports cars that McLaren has been producing in recent years.

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AM-RB 001 Hypercar Could Have Hybrid Drivetrain and Active Suspension

AM-RB 001 Hypercar Could Have Hybrid Drivetrain and Active Suspension

Nothing is set in stone, but some evidence supports the possibility

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the day that Red Bull and Aston Martin’s AM-RB 001 finally makes its debut. Sure, we’ve had the chance to see it pretty close up in its current state, but there’s still a lot about it that we just don’t know. What we do know is that the car will feature a bespoke V-12 that has the “potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.” It will also have a race-spec transmission that was conceived by Adrian Newey himself.

Something new has popped up, however. If you take a quick journey over to Red Bull Racing’s career website, you’ll see that they are looking to hire a number of people for a number of jobs including mechanical design engineers, controls engineers, and there’s even an opening for a project manager. When I first stumbled onto the page, I laughed a little and thought to myself: “What? Did they fire the whole team?” But, I started looking into some of the descriptions and noticed some interesting wording.

In specific relation to the AM-RB 001, RBR is looking for mechanical design engineers that have experience with “automotive drivetrain integration – including hybridization.” Furthermore, it is also looking for a controls engineer that has experience with the specification of automotive control systems, including “gearbox/powertrain/hybrid/semi-active suspension.”

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Aston Martin's AM-RB 001 Hypercar Is A Sign Of Things To Come

Aston Martin’s AM-RB 001 Hypercar Is A Sign Of Things To Come

A new mid-engine supercar could sprout from the seeds of the Aston Martin – Red Bull collaboration

The AM-RB 001 is still shrouded in a lot of secrecy, but the hype surrounding the ultra limited hypercar is now extending into possible new models that could be born from the technology developed by the Aston Martin – Red Bull collaboration. One of these models is a new mid-engined supercar that could make up one of the seven models the British automaker has planned as part of its “Second Century” expansion strategy.

Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman recently sat down with The Drive to discuss the AM-RB 001. The conversation steered into what Aston Martin’s plans are after the AM-RB 001 and that was when Reichman commented on a diversification plan that would eventually feature a mid-engine supercar. Details surrounding the model is unlikely to be divulged anytime soon considering that Reichman admitted that the model isn’t in the pipeline anytime soon.

While that may douse the excitement a little bit, the fact that the wheels are already moving beyond the AM-RB 001 is a sign that Aston Martin isn’t going to put the technologies and developments made for the hypercar to waste. At the very least, they’re not going to live and die on the ultra limited model. Aston Martin is known for making the most out of its projects, something that we all saw upon the introduction of the DB11 whose design, or at least some of it, was inspired by no less than the One-77.

For what it’s worth, a number of models have already been identified as part of Aston Martin’s planned seven-car lineup. There is, of course, the DB11. Then there are the new versions of the Vanquish and the Vantage, both of which already on the pipeline. A new Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover are also scheduled to be unveiled soon. That leaves two yet-to-be identified models, one of which could end up being this mid-engine supercar that will sprout from the seeds of the AM-RB 001.

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2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001

2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001

Aston Martin’s most radical road car yet; co-developed with Red Bull Racing’s Adrian Newey

Mostly known for its V-12-powered grand tourers and the race cars based on them, Aston Martin isn’t the kind of automaker you’d go to in search of a supercar. There is one exception though. In 2009, the Brits launched the One-77, a coupe that was powered by the most powerful, naturally aspirated engine at the time, was loaded with state-of-the-art features, and built in extremely limited numbers. Come 2016 and Aston Martin unveiled its first full-fledged supercar. Called the AM-RB 001, it was developed in collaboration with Red Bull Racing and will hit public roads in 2018. Although the full details on the car aren’t out yet and the preliminary photos show a prototype that will be further revised before the official launch, Aston Martin promises that the AM-RB 001 will be "an unprecedented fusion of form and function" and a vehicle that will be "entirely useable and enjoyable as a road car, but with the capability to perform like no road car before it on a race track."

These claims are mighty brave, but not surprising given the fact that the supercar is a joint effort with F1’s Red Bull Racing, which is headed by Adrian Newey, arguably the most successful Formula One designer. The F1-derived technology, Newey’s extensive knowledge about aerodynamics, and Aston Martin’s vast racing experience should make the AM-BR 001 quite the insane supercar. The car’s projected performance is "in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes," which sounds spectacular to say the least. The task of engineering the AM-RB 001 will be shared between Q by Aston Martin Advanced and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with production taking place at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility — the exact same factory that was built for the One-77. A track-only version is also on the table, but until we find out more about that, let’s have a closer look at the prototype that previews the road-going model.

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Can the AM-RB 001 Road Car Really Match the Downforce of an LMP1 car?

Can the AM-RB 001 Road Car Really Match the Downforce of an LMP1 car?

Learn all about the AM-RB 001’s aerodynamic features from Kyle Drives

Very few companies could join forces and produce a love child as wild and exhilarating as the AM-RB 001, but somehow Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have just the right chemistry to create what promises to be the most intense road car ever built. It’s projected performance is “in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes” and it should be able to “corner like an LMP1 car” as well. With the latest iteration of the prototype being unveiled in early July, the Internet has gone crazy over its projected performance, but there is much more to the car than that.

With Adrian Newey, the head of Red Bull Racing, it doesn’t come as a surprise that this car has some interesting aerodynamic characteristics. With that in mind, it’s a bit surprising that everyone is focused on the car’s projected power output, with very few media outlets looking at the car’s aerodynamics in detail. The car will ultimately change a bit as AM and RB finalize the car and make it production ready, but until then, Kyle Drives has put together a short video detailing the aerodynamic features of AM’s newest hypercar.

In the video, he covers everything from the front spoiler to the rear wing and everything in between, even addressing issues like cooling capabilities in the rear and what Newey might change to make the car production ready. With that said, go ahead and click play on the video and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the AM-RB 001’s enhanced aerodynamics – there really is more to its aerodynamic design than you might think.

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Five Reasons Why Aston Martin's AM-RB 001 Could Revolutionize the Supercar Market

Five Reasons Why Aston Martin’s AM-RB 001 Could Revolutionize the Supercar Market

The AM-RB 001 could change the way we define supercars

This week, Aston Martin gave us a preview of the AM-RB 001 which, in 2018, will become the brand’s quickest and most radical road-going supercar. It’s also the company’s first-ever mid-engined vehicle and the first to result from a collaboration with a Formula One constructor. Although details are still scant, the exterior is not yet ready for production, and most of the drivetrain is still a mystery, the AM-RB 001 has everything it needs to revolutionize the supercar market.

That’s a daunting task in the 21st century, when high-profile makers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren have adopted pretty much every new technology available. A while back I stressed how the McLaren F1 was the last truly innovative supercar and why the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari LaFerrari are no match for it. Now that Aston Martin has uncovered the AM-RB 001, I’m positive that the true successor of the F1 will also come from Britain.

Granted, this opinion is based on more theoretical facts than actual figures right now, but based on Aston Martin’s recent work, including the track-ready Vulcan and the fact that Red Bull Racing is also behind the project, I think that the AM-RB 001 will shake up the hypercar market in a big way.

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