Aston Martin’s AM-RB 001 Will Carry 250-MPH Top Speed
It’s fast and it’s powerful; No surprises thereby Kirby Garlitos, on
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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Hold on to your seats because the AM-RB 001 is going to be a ball of fire
In case you’re not yet overwhelmed by the sheer number of jarring details that Marek Reichman mentioned about the AM-RB 001, there’s more to it.
For one, he also confirmed that designers of the car will use F1-technology carbon and Kevlar in the construction of the body. Moreover, the whole car itself will be made from carbon and titanium whereas the wheels will be carbon and magnesium. In case you’re keeping score, Reichman also said that not a single piece of steel will be included in the AM-RB 001’s body since the engine block itself will be made from aluminum while its upper components will be made from carbon.
Considering the AM-RB 001’s low ground clearance, Aston Martin and Red Bull are also putting a riser system in place to accommodate bumps, ramps, and speed tables. This riser is said to include a self-raising function wherein a camera installed in the car will automatically detect these bumps and make the necessary adjustments itself. At the back, an F1-inspired active rear spoiler with DRS capabilities will also be installed, as if there’s not enough F1 components yet on the whole thing.
Ultimately, Reichman said that Aston Martin and Red Bull’s core objective for the AM-RB 001 is pretty simple. “The first thing Adrian and I agreed on was that we wanted to be able to get into the car and drive it to the pub, have a glass of water and then drive it away,” he said.
In other words, he wants the AM-RB 001 to be an all-purpose car that make stops at a grocery while also be capable of delivering 4.5Gs of lateral cornering on a race track. Seems like an ambitious goal for a lot of other car brands, but from what we’ve seen and heard about the car from Aston Martin and Red Bull, that ambition is slowly but surely coming to life.
Read our full review on the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 here.