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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Why It Matters

Head designer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin chief designer Mark Reichman, and project engineers David King all spoke to the Wall Street Journal and by all accounts, they left an incredible impression on hyping up the AM-RB 001. Granted, I know that we shouldn’t expect the hypercar to hit those performance numbers when it starts taking to the track, but for these guys to come out and boldly make those estimates is a big deal.

Even if it doesn’t hit those numbers, there’s a good chance that it could still be faster than the Koenigsegg One:1, which is mind-blowing considering how ridiculous the One:1 already is. If anything, I’m not going to brush aside the claims made by Newey, Reichman, and King, because the AM-RB 001 is going to have the technological tools to be be as quick as advertised. I mean, the car can reportedly tap into 4,000 pounds worth of downforce when it’s on the track, not to mention corner at up to four G’s.

Everything we’ve heard about the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 may still be hyperbole to some, but the more details that are being revealed, the more it’s looking like those hyperboles are actually going to come true.

The only downside to all this talk about the AM-RB 001 is that Aston Martin only plans to built 150 street-legal units, each priced in the neighborhood of $3 million. There are another 25 units available, but those will be for track purposes only and their price tags are expected to be even higher than the “standard” models. The hypercar is scheduled to make its debut sometime in 2018 with the first deliveries expected to commence sometime in early 2019.

Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin AM-RB 001 here.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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