The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is one of the most highly-anticipated cars in recent years. From its futuristic look to its insane power output, Aston Martin is redefining the hypercar and more importantly, redefining its brand. In recent years, Aston Martin has struggled with sales. CEO Andy Palmer decided the brand needs a new superstar, so it plans on producing the fastest car the world has ever seen.
The AM-RB 001 will be the first of the new generation of hybrid hypercars. Much like the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrai, the 001 will feature both gas-powered and electric motors to create ludicrous amounts of power, all while staying eco-friendly, for the most part.
The 001 will be powered by a 6.5-litre Cosworth-built naturally aspirated V12 engine. The massive V12 will be paired with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) powered by a battery built by Rimac, makers of the fully-electric Croatian supercar, the Concept One. This type of boost system is currently found on Formula One cars.
Speaking of F1, the AM-RB 001 will be as close to an F1 car as possible while still being fully street legal. With a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, the car is expected to weigh around 900kg, which means the car will have around 900hp. Working alongside Red Bull Racing, Aston is sparing no expense when it comes to making the perfect car. Much like its last limited edition supercar the One-77, the British car manufacturer turns to Markham, Ontario’s Multimatic to build the carbon fibre tub and bodywork.
In total there will be 150 road-going versions of the car with an extra 25 track-only versions. Palmer has promised that the company will not exceed 175 cars under any circumstances, something that a certain Italian company should take notes on. Pricing of the 001 is estimated to be at £2 million (roughly $3.25 million), but if you’re interested, too bad because Palmer says it’s already sold out.
The Canadian International Auto Show will take place from Feb 17-26, and if you get a chance to go, be sure to check out this car because it’s one of the closest things to a unicorn you’ll ever see.