The key thing that brings it all together, both stylistically and performance wise, is of course its aero, Newey’s forte. Its slippery looks are just the tip of a very large iceberg, with most of the downforce created where you can’t see it, under the floor. Newey's final-year university project in 1980 was on ground-effect aerodynamics on a road car, and it seems the work wasn’t wasted…
“AM-RB 001 boasts truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car,” say the car’s backers. In a world seemingly full of hypercars with ever more downforce it’s quite a claim. In the past there has been talk of the car pulling an F1-like 4g.
But then AM-RB 001 does appear to be quite a car. In Aston’s words it is the result of “an ambitious, uncompromising and wholly extraordinary collaboration to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before.”
AM-RB 001 represents the biggest project yet for Aston’s skunk works, headed up by Dave King, where the Bond DB10 cars were made along with the track-only Vulcan hypercar. There is plenty of speculation about price (probably not much change from £2m) but no confirmation as yet, only that first deliveries will begin in 2018 – and that people aren’t being slow in putting their names down for one.
When the project was announced in Melbourne ahead of the first F1 race of the season just four months ago, Newey said: “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.” As of today he can put a tick in both boxes.