Adrian Newey’s long-cherished desire to design a supercar – one he has talked about at Goodwood often in the past – is to become a reality. As you would expect of the world’s most successful Formula 1 designer, it will strive to be as fast as an F1 car. And it will have an Aston Martin badge on its nose.
In a joint project announced in Melbourne ahead of the first F1 race of the season, Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin confirmed they are going into business together to design and build ‘the ultimate hypercar’ for the road. They don’t say so, but the suggestion is a McLaren P1 won’t see which way it went…
‘From the age of six I have had two goals in life – to be involved in the design of racing cars, and to be involved in the design of a supercar,’ said Newey.
With the design of 10 world championship-winning F1 cars under his belt, he has achieved the first, with bells on. Now – with all sorts of echoes of Gordon Murray and the McLaren F1 of 24 years ago – he is about to embark on his second goal. Playing the Peter Stevens role will be Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman.
Both the Red Bull Racing chief technical officer and Reichman are regular competitors at Goodwood, with Adrian’s Ford GT40 (as driven by Kenny Brack) and his Lightweight E-type often seen on the Motor Circuit.
Adrian Newey has often talked of his desire to build a road car, something that, as he tells us, has resulted in ‘countless sketches and doodles over the years’. But they have always ‘bubbled away’. Until now that is.
‘The opportunity now to develop and realise those ideas whilst working with Marek and his colleagues from Aston Martin is tremendously exciting. It allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1 into a new arena.’
Marek Reichman said: ‘Unconstrained by F1 regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.’
Officially, the new car will ‘represent the ultimate blend of cutting-edge F1 technology with Aston Martin’s signature sports car design.’ But that is about all they are saying at this stage.
We know the new car’s codename – AM-RB 001 – but nothing on the spec; speculate away (most have already) about it being a two-seat mid-engined, hybrid-powered, carbon-tubbed machine with out of this world downforce. And we don’t know what it will look like, aside form the sketchy drawing put out this week with the press announcement.
But then maybe we do have a clue after all – and we only have to look back as far as the 2014 Festival of Speed to find it…
Both Newey and Reichman showed wild concept cars at Goodwood that year, both originally designed as virtual racers for the Gran Turismo game but made flesh in order to wow the FoS crowds. Adrian’s Red Bull X2010 was a covered-cockpit F1-type car for the road, which we described at the time as the Mercedes W156 Streamliner of the modern era.
Marek’s was the Aston Martin DP-100, 800bhp (that was a lot two years ago!), twin-turbo powered and mid-engined, with stunning design that the firm said at the time pushed the very limits of what an Aston Martin could be.
Are there clues in these concept cars we wonder? One thing for sure, when the Aston Martin Red Bull hypercar does finally come out to play it will surely have to follow in its predecessors’ tyre tracks and do it first on the Festival of Speed hillclimb!
Who knows, it might even be quickest to the top…