Aston Martin, of course, has a glittering racing record of its very own, topped by outright victory in the 1959 FIA Sports Car World Championship – when the works cars defeated strong opposition from Ferrari and Porsche – and in that year’s ADAC 1,000-Kilometres race at the Nurburgring, the Le Mans 24-Hours race… and the season-ending, title-clinching, RAC Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood.
What jarred in my mind was simply that I am not at all accustomed to seeing a Formula 1 car constructor publicising another marque’s car constructions. Of course, this is simply because I am out of date, out of touch and disconnected from the current new-car world. In other words, pretty much like 80-90 percent of the enthusiast world who have followed international motorsport since before the advent of homogenised TV-circus Grand Prix racing.
Of course, Red Bull Racing exists essentially just to publicise and promote what its owners claim is the world’s best-selling energy drink. I remember tasting it once. The experience remains unique. There is nothing singular about a Formula 1 team which does nothing but build Formula 1 cars, but when I was first involved in the early 1960s, most Formula 1 teams at least built other-Formulae racing cars for customer sale, and most again built worthwhile sportscars too.
Now that is where Red Bull Racing are going with their Aston Martin tie. Their collaborative Aston Martin Valkyrie AM-RB001 hypercar programme was announced earlier this month – as their blurb put it “…this ambitious, uncompromising and wholly extraordinary collaboration combines the vision and skills of two world-leading brands to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before”. Yeah, right…