Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Makes Global Debut In Toronto... Sort Of
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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Canadian Auto Show Has More Supercar Action Than Detroit, Chicago
It’s been less than two months since we passed into a new year and we already had two auto shows here in the U.S. But, while Detroit brought many important debuts, Chicago was rather disappointing aside from a few Toyota models and a Mopar-made Dodge Challenger. Meanwhile, the Canadian International Auto Show kicked off in Toronto and a quick look through the showroom revealed a lot of supercar action. More than we usually get from this type of event and definitely a lot more excitement compared to Chicago and, to some extent, Detroit too.
Specifically, visitors are able to take a closer look at some of the hottest supercars available in 2017. There the Aventador S, which debuted recently with new looks and more power, and the Bugatti Chiron, which is likely to become the world’s fastest production vehicle really soon. There’s also a bespoke Pagani Huayra on display. Granted, it’s the Roadster model that just broke cover last week, but the coupe is nothing to sneeze at either given that it’s already sold out.
More importantly, Toronto hosted the global debut of the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar. Built in cooperation with Red Bull Racing, the AM-RB 001 promises to revolutionize the supercar market through it state-of-the-art, F1-based technology and 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Sure, the unit on display is still some sort of prototype and the drivetrain is likely missing, but it’s almost shocking that Aston Martin chose to introduce it in Canada. It goes to show that car events can be full of surprises. And, while Chicago was of the unfortunate variety due to its large number of near standard cars dubbed as special edition, Toronto is a show worth traveling for.
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Aston Martin Picks An Odd Place To Unveil The AM-RB 001 Hypercar
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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