So what more have we learnt about the hypercar joint project between Red Bull and Aston Martin since the covers came off inside Aston’s assembly plant on Tuesday? Well, one thing is that each car, in road or track form, will cost between £2-£3m – not bad for a machine that was conceived over sausage and mash (in a pub in Woburn in January 2015). Aston boss Andy Palmer says he already has 370 serious prospects for the maximum 175 (150 for road, and 25 for track) cars that are to be built.
We also know now that while power and cubic capacity of the naturally-aspirated V12 are not yet confirmed, the car’s weight target of 1,000kg is. Which means you don’t have to be a genius to know how many horses there will be given that the avowed power-weight ratio is 1:1. That’ll be 1,000bhp then, give or take, and yes, there will be a KERS style hybrid element to the powertrain.
First development prototypes should be on the road testing next year (Dani Ricciardo says he wants to do some of the driving), and the first owners should get their cars early in 2018. The car will be badged Aston Martin and have a name starting with V… let us have your suggestions and we will forward them. For more on the car, and a picture gallery, see our coverage here.