AM-RB 001 Hypercar Could Have Hybrid Drivetrain and Active Suspension
Nothing is set in stone, but some evidence supports the possibilityby Robert Moore, on
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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Why it Matters
Now, let me just point out that neither Aston Martin nor Red Bull have confirmed anything about hybridization or active suspension. It is interesting, however, to see that experience in those fields is requested in direct relation to the AM-RB 001 hypercar. Does it really mean anything? Maybe not, but just think of how crazy this car could potentially be with that insane V-12 and a powerful electric motor. The question is whether or not the two companies can pull it off while keeping the weight below one ton and legal on the street. For now, we’ll just have to keep waiting, but I’m curious to see how it really turns out.
Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001 here.