The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is making a lot of automobile enthusiasts excited as the Gaydon-based company recently launched the supercar. There are a lot of things to get excited about this car, but perhaps none more mind-boggling than the fact that it is a Formula One car that is road-legal. Yes, that means that you can own this car, drive it to your office, or down the freeway as long as you can afford its steep price tag of £2.5 million or around $3.2 million.
And even if you have that much money, it is still not guaranteed you’ll be able to own one. According to Aston CEO Andy Palmer, demand for the car has been overwhelming. The company will just make around 150 models of this supercar. There will only be around 25 models fit for use in the tracks. And those top-of-the line vehicles will only roll out of Aston Martin’s production plants in 2018.
But what’s the fuss about this car? You’ll realize that the latest Aston Martin creation may just be the most technologically advanced vehicle made by man.
After all, Aston Martin says this could be one of the fastest cars in the world. The company predicts it will be faster than a Formula One car. To put things in perspective, a Porsche 918 would be able to complete a lap at Silverstone track in around two minutes. For the AM-RB 001 to be faster than that, it would need to be around 20 seconds quicker than a typical Formula One car.
But Aston Martin doesn’t have any estimate on how fast this supercar will be. Some motoring publications estimate that it would be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in two seconds, with a top speed of more than 200 miles an hour. Sure, it won’t toppling the forthcoming Bugatti Chiron which has a top speed of 275 miles per hour but it can battle with any one if acceleration is concerned.
What’s certain is that Aston Martin partnered with Red Bull Racing for this project. Red Bull Racing’s Formula One team won four straight F1 championships from 2010 to 2013, and its expertise will be very valuable in the design of this super mobile. Technical design guru Adrian Newey will be on top of the technical development of the vehicle.
Newey says that he looks forward to building a car that is light, small, and efficient.
As a Formula One car, the AM-RB 001 has a fully carbon fiber construction giving it massive strength without compromising weight. The supercar is rumored to be powered by a hybrid V12 engine, with many observers believing that it would be a lot better than the 7.3 liter engine in the One-777 hypercar of Aston. An engine with an output of 1000 horsepower or more is expected to power the AM-RB 001. The rumor is that the power will be transferred to the rear wheels through an eight peed automated manual transmission.
Of course, nothing is final yet about the engine itself but from the looks of it, the powertrain would be one of the most impressive to date.
As what you would expect from the design of a Formula One-capable car, the AM-RB 001 will have two seats. The passenger compartment may appear to be too small for two adults, but designers say it would be spacious enough for two men who are up to six feet, six inches tall.
Its body would be bereft of aerodynamic appendages like big wings, and would have a shapely, futuristic-looking design. Its underside appears to be more like that of a boat than a car. The venturis sticks up about half a meter into the cabin area. And its high nose doesn’t act as a funnel for cooling the brakes or radiators, but more for filling the venturis with air and make the vehicle glue to the road.
The company still has to decide on the final suspension set up, although it would have an adjustable ride height program so that there’s enough clearance for the road-legal version to be driven on the highways. It would also be lowered so that there will be enough grip on the track.
Newey says that the AM-RB will have a driver protection system, as the company aims to roll out a car that its owners can use every day.
While there are a lot of details still to be announced, Aston Martin has successfully shaken the motoring world with its AM-RB supercar. As proven by the high demand from willing buyers and a lot of mileage on the car, the Aston Martin AM RB 001 promises to be the next great automobile that will have every motoring enthusiast drooling in anticipation and delight.
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