Aston Martin Vanquish To Receive Formula One Technology, AM-RB 001 Limited To Just 99 Units
The newly struck partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing will extend way past the two company’s plans to build the AM-RB 001. Speaking with Drive, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer hinted that certain technologies that Aston Martin and Red Bull are currently developing for the much-anticipated hypercar could find their way in the British automaker’s production models.
Palmer singled out the next-generation Vanquish, due out in 2018, as the likeliest model to receive the high-tech hardware that’s currently being developed for the AM-RB 001. The technologies being looked at include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology, two important ingredients of any modern Formula One car. It’s still unclear how Aston Martin will adopt these technologies on the Vanquish, but there’s strong belief among management, led by Palmer no less, that the Vanquish’s price tag will be sufficient enough to accommodate the introduction of these technologies into the fold without the company having to cut corners on other aspects of the next-generation sports car.
Speaking of the AM-RB 001, Palmer also shed some new details about the enigmatic hypercar. The most interesting of these juicy bits is the announcement that the hypercar will be limited to just 99 units, making it more exclusive than any of the three hypercars that are already in the market today. Aston Martin and Red Bull are banking on the AM-RB 001’s limited availability to generate huge interest for the car and, while that seems like an attainable plan given the absurdly high expectations for the AM-RB 001, it’s reported price tag of up to $5 million could just as easily move the car into the collector’s corner. Either way, a prototype of the model is being targeted to make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 2016.
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Note: 2014-2015 Aston Martin Vanquish shown above.
The holiday season is upon us so its entirely understandable if you’re scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. You don’t want to be one of those people who receive all these cool gifts and give gift certificates in return, right? These days, it’s perfectly normal to do online shopping. As a matter of fact, it has become a more convenient way to shop for gifts than going to the mall and squeezing yourselves between throngs of people doing the exact same thing. So we’re doing all of you a solid by compiling a list of gift options that you or your gearhead family members may be interested in. But instead of scouring the usual online stores, we’ve taken a slightly different approach and went straight to the online stores of some our favorite automakers.
We scoured for cool items to suggest and found a whole bunch of them. These items range in price from affordable gifts like a computer mouse all the way to a premium smartphone that isn’t even on the market yet. Just remember that these gifts are just suggestions. Whether you buy them or not is entirely up to you.
Click past the jump to read about our gift ideas from the online stores of various automakers.
Aston Martin has a certain knack for creating some of the most beautiful and finely crafted automobiles in the world. They also have a reputation for being eternally on the verge of bankruptcy and utter collapse. Thanks to this constant state of disarray over the years, Aston Martin has gotten really good at pinching pennies and making their engineering dollars go the distance.
If you need proof of the engineering frugality, I give you the VH architecture. If you are unfamiliar with that term, it is simply the platform/backbone that Aston Martin is currently using for all of its cars. Not only are they using the same basic bones for every car, those bones have existed basically since the first Vanquish. That was 2001.
Now while these old bones have been through several revisions to handle Aston’s newest machines like the One-77 and the new Vanquish, the truth is the platform is beginning to show its age. Thankfully, in part to a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz, Aston is finally going to build an all-new platform. This means that every new Aston Martin going forward will be lighter, stiffer and better performing than ever before.
As a bonus, Aston is teaming up with AMG to build an all-new, bespoke V8. Suddenly I am less sad that the AMG 6.2 is dead.
I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet! Aside from the shiny new V-8s, Aston has confirmed to Autoblog that the V-12 is sticking around too. In a world where even Ferrari is looking at turbocharged V-6 power for its fastest cars, seeing the Brits stand up and wave that V-12 middle-finger is refreshing.
Cheers to you, Aston Martin.
Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin-Daimler partnership.