Aston Martin returns to F1 with Red Bull partnership and plans to build hypercar with Adrian Newey
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Posted By: Alex Kalinauckas  |  17 Mar 2016   |  12:45 pm GMT  |  99 comments

The Aston Martin brand will return to Formula 1 in 2016 as the company has formed a technical partnership with Red Bull to produce new hypercar.

The project, which as been assigned the codename Project AM-RB 001, will be a collaboration between Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey and Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer.

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The AM-RB 001 hypercar will be Aston Martin’s first mid-engined machine that will incorporate Red Bull’s aerodynamic expertise and will go faster than an F1 car around Silverstone, according Dr Andy Palmer, the British manufacturer’s CEO.

Writing on Twitter he said: “Our first mid engined car. Faster than an F1 around Silverstone. Power, Beauty and Soul defining a generation.”

The deal means that Aston Martin’s logo will appear on Red Bull’s RB12 throughout 2016 as well as on the overalls of the team’s drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.

Newey explained that the AM-RB 001 would fulfil his childhood dream of designing a high-performance road car.

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He 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 super car.

“Whilst the former ambition went on to form my career to date, the latter has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years.

“The opportunity to now 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.”

Red Bull Aston Martin Christian Horner

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes that the partnership, which brings Aston Martin back into F1 56 years after it was last involved, will be a successful venture for the two companies.

He said: “This is a very exciting project for everyone at Red Bull Racing. Through this innovation partnership the iconic Aston Martin logo will return to grand prix racing for the first time since 1960, and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, led by Adrian, will be using Formula 1 DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars.

“It’s an incredible project and also realises a dream and vision long held by Adrian to design a road car. We are very much looking forward to what I’m certain will be a successful partnership.”

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Aston Martin was first linked with a move back to F1 last summer when speculation began that a partnership with Red Bull would provide the team with a supply of Mercedes engines after its 2015 fall-out with Renault.

The company was then linked with a takeover at Force India towards the end of the year but those plans did not materialise.

Palmer described how being involved in F1 offers Aston Martin the chance to showcase its brand on “the ultimate global stage” and he believes the new hypercar will capture the public’s imagination.

Red Bull Aston Martin Christian Horner Andy Palmer

He said: “Formula 1 offers the ultimate global stage to build wider awareness of the Aston Martin brand. However, this partnership will deliver even more than that when the hypercar that Aston Martin and Adrian Newey are in the process of developing hits the road.

“Between Q by Aston Martin Advanced, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing AG, we are going to create a car that will excite and stir the imaginations of the car designers of the future and a global audience of sports car enthusiasts.

“These are exciting times for Aston Martin and arriving hot on the heels of our DB11 launch earlier this month, this new partnership underlines that our brand really is racing again.”

Red Bull Aston Martin Marek Reichmann Adrian Newey

Reichman explained how the new partnership provides Red Bull and Aston Martin the chance to develop a car away from F1’s closely controlled regulations.

He said: “We are in the process of developing a hypercar that combines the latest in aerodynamics from F1 and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin sports car.

“The opportunity to collaborate with Adrian and Red Bull Advanced Technologies will be a fascinating experience for everyone involved.

“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.”

Red Bull Aston Martin Daniel Ricciardo Daniil Kvyat

What do you make of Aston Martin’s partnership with Red Bull? Are you excited to see the brand back in F1? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JAonF1 Facebook page for more discussion.

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Red bull Aston Martin sounds like good idea now all we need is pagani lotus


Absolutely will not happen.


Great to see this partnership, who knows what the future will hold..maybe an aston – martin PU in the redbull. At the end of the day Aston arent tied to any F1 rules and can develope a PU unrestricted. simlar to what HASS racing did over the last few years.


It is unclear to me whether or not AM will produce F1 cars with RB from 2017 onwards. Is it just the logo that signifies the re entry of AM or it includes engineering partnership ?


Kumar….from what i read it is a partnership between aston martin and red bull racing technologies. this would indicate more than a few concepts on a sheet of A4.


It mostly PR and marketing I think.


A real life Red Bull X car, that will be faster than an F1 car around Silverstone and ROAD LEGAL! FIA look out, this is the start of something big, let’s hope they make a race version and set up there own championship so we can all have a great racing series to watch. Make sense now why FIA are hell bent on making the 2017 cars so much faster, they obviously got wind of this project coming.


I look forward to what Newey comes up with. I thought the RedBull X2014 prototype in Gran Turismo was slick


P.S. While googling “expensive car crashes”, I came across this.

Your guess is as good as mine…


Faster than an F1 car…right – Never mind whether it’s possible or not, I’m just wondering if they’re going to be sold to anyone who just happens to have enough money to eventually buy one, and then I’m wondering if they’re going to be legal to drive on the road.

Anyone who thinks that sounds like a good idea Google “expensive car crashes”, you’ll see what I’m on about…

There’s a reason F1 drivers need a super licence.

Great idea in theory 🙂 Baaaad idea in practice… 😐


I get the feeling this is just an initial exploratory step to Aston Martin coming on board as an engine manufacturer with Red Bull, in the same way Honda is partnered with McLaren.

This year, Red Bull gets unbranded Renault ICE’s to use as the core of their own “Tag Heuer” branded PU. Aston Martin gets Newey to design a road car, and in return Aston Martin helps Red Bull Technologies fund the development of this “Tag Heuer” PU (in addition to Tag’s bizarre funding) with the help of Mario Illien.

Next year, RBR cuts their ties with Renault completely, and Aston Martin becomes the engine supplier, and this power unit forms the base for the hybrid Newey car.

Red Bull Aston Martin, or Aston Martin Red Bull. And this road car will also race at LeMans.

Just my $.02


I wish people would stop spreading this rubbish, RBR are not using the Renault ICE as a core for their own developments. It is a rebadged complete Renault PU and nothing more.


You caught me! My conspiracy to intentionally spread false information is foiled!

Just kidding. Thanks for the clarification. I was still under the impression that they were following through with the original plan to supply unbranded ICE’s and then RBR would develop their own ERS system/develop the ICE further.

I don’t know if it necessarily changes my thoughts on Next season though regarding a bigger involvement from Aston Martin.


Lukewarm about the car (for some reason I can’t imagine RB/Adrian or Aston as it is today realizing something that captured the imagination the way the McLaren F1 did), but absolutely horrified by the badge being on the nose of the Red Bull. I appreciate people today think this is clever PR and super news but it makes no sense to me. It’s almost as bad as the Lotus nonsense of the past couple of years. Makes a mockery of the sport.


A little disappointed to be honest. This is just a little more than sponsorship with a white labelling aspect. A brand like Aston Martin deserved to compete by itself as a separate team.


Sounds like a great idea ! Not sure whether this car will actually be faster than an F1 car, but it’ll be fast no doubt. An Adrian Neweu designed super/hyper car is certainly something to be excited about. And as someone pointed out, very smart from Aston Martin too, they get their name on a top F1 car for free. They’ve been trying to prop up sales and revamp their line up, I read am article about how their new car (DB9 I think) features an all new base of engineering and stuff.


So what happens if the sale of these cars lag behind Mclaren, Ferrari or any other luxurious sports car. Oh ya its Aston Martin’s Fault 🙂


This is what F1 should be. Whoever made up those silly F1 rules should be ashamed of themselves. Restrict this resist that and now let a road car company steal the show.


What is all of this really? A car maker designing a super car that will be so expensive that only an elite few can afford and will stir the emotions of us normal folks that actually drive family saloons? Or is it actually Red Bull’s only way of stopping Newey moving elsewhere and Aston Martin’s first step towards team ownership?


To build a hyper-car that is faster than a formula car of any catagory or era, is absolutely possible. To be fair, not all F1 teams are fully aware of what is in use but as Sebee has constantly maintained, it can be done without the ripoff that hybrid technology for general road use, is likely to become. There is something, far better, just around the corner that simply hasn’t been disclosed yet. Should either Aston Martin or Mr. Newey require a little guidance so that work can commence forthwith; PLEASE by any means possible get in touch. Although on the lighter side, even though this is a serious offer, it’s best that I don’t hold my breath!


Mclaren F1 production car, not F1 racing series


James – does your comments system have a bug in it or is it just this [Mod] being misguided in hammering home a worthless point?

Craig in Manila

Ok, so for F1, Aston Martin’s involvement is limited to three smallish stickers on the cars and something similar on the shirts etc.

Is that it ?


Nice to hear they have another organisation to blame when they are not winning

Great to see Aston Martin in F1. Really really not great to see them involved with the worst sportsmen in sport


A road car that is faster than an F1 car will make a mockery of F1 and its regulations and I think that is exactly what Newey and Red Bull intend.


That’s exactly what I see this as. Technical development in F1 has been stagnant for a long time now. All it is these days is tinkering within extensive rule sets. RB and AN want to prove a point that F1 is not “the fastest blah blah blah”.


The problem is that this goes back to the heart of the question about what F1 should really be. A technological arms race removes it from being a sport. Dumbing down the technology might actually make the racing more exciting but runs the risk of losing its “pinnacle of motorsport” tag.

I have hammered my own views enough here on this forum but I would just say that just because you can doesn’t mean you should. If you took the technology development to its ultimate conclusion the cars would be self-driven and all pre-programmed to consistently put in the fastest average lap for the duration of the race. That would result in just a high speed train with absolutely no possibility of overtaking and the only way to impact results would be through mechanical failure. How exciting and appealing would that be as a spectacle?


Mclaren F1 production car, not F1 racing series


@jeff, do you have a source for this info that you keep repeating like a broken record? A McLaren F1 road car is not even that fast by 2016 standards.


Its entirely possible because, Aston martin uses AMG engines end of the day. On a road car, you can use dynamic components for the aero, which F1 doesnt allow. ( mass dampers, flex wings, ….). My point is without looking weird, you can be faster than an F1 car.


So, deal btw AM and FI is boxed. I wonder why RB is involved here, why not a deal with Newey himself? RB want to put its badge on this deal?


I would guess that Adrian’s contract prohibits him designing anything involved with motor vehicles without Red Bull involvement and claiming the IP and marketing rights. Also, there might also be another game being played by Red Bull in their attempts to secure a Mercedes engine – possibly more palatable to the Merc bosses if it was badged Aston Martin.


Hope to see it in a future Bond movie…


Aston Martin hyperbole car –
Faster than F1? New ‘pinnacle’? New racing series?
Or just ‘brand’ [Mod]

Am I excited to see AM ‘back in F1’?
Just a logo on someone else’s product.


Mclaren F1 production car, not F1 racing series.


Faster than a 21-year-old is doable, I guess.
But will it be as elegant?


This means absolutely nothing for F1. I find it slightly perverse that a brand such as Aston Martin would use the sport as a marketing platform without actually competing. But I guess this is what Bernie wants…

The real news is a Newey road car. This could be the biggest news since Mr. Murray started to sketch the F1. Very much looking forward to the outcome of this, although I hope it doesn’t look like that basic render we’ve seen! And there’s no way they’re going to build something that will be quicker than an F1 car round Silverstone. Although maybe they’re banking on it being quicker than the wristwatch powered Red Bull…

I met Adrian last year and he was a thoroughly lovely bloke. Happy to chat to me and no where near as awkward as he seems when being interviewed. He was driving an F1 GTR too. Stunning.

I wish him all the best in this exciting new project.


“no way it’ll be faster than an F1 car”

Based on what? They have no design restrictions, sky’s the limit for everything. The car could easily have 2000, even 3000 horse power. It could generate more downforce than any car in history – “blown” everything, triple diffuser, maybe even a fan car like the RBX concepts. Tires can be as wide and as grippy as they desire. F1 cars are not the pinicle of automotive technology due to how many restrictions are placed on them.

Hell, F1 cars aren’t the pinicle of anything except setting lap times on tracks specially designed for them.


Based on knowledge and common sense actually.

“easily have 3,000 horse power”

??? Easily? LaFerrari, 918, P1, that new Bugatti thing… Why didn’t they have 3,000 bhp if it’s “easy”? Hilarious.

Aston Martin may have gained the knowledge of Newey but that doesn’t mean they suddenly have the budget to make such a thing, nor the magic dust required to make a road car that can lap quicker than an F1 car.



@Mes, the LaFerrari, P1, and 918 have the HP they do because that is all that’s necessary to reach the perfomance goals, and it’s what the rest of the car can handle. Those cars are insanely expensive already, so to engineer them to handle 1500+ HP would put the price tag even higher.

You can take any supercar out there to a shop like Underground Tuning, and they can bump up the power to 1500ish HP for you – and that’s a conventional internal combustion engine like what is found in a Lambo, Audi R8, or even Nissan GTR.

There’s an article on SpeedHunters right now about an Audi R8 customer package from a tuning shop called Potter & Rich. The car can be ordered in a number of configurations: 1010hp (supercharger), 1500hp (supercharger hybrid) or 2000hp (turbo/hybrid).

If a small tuning shop can figure out how to do those kind of numbers, I’m guessing AM and RB can figure it out too. 3000 might be a slight exaggeration and pushing things a bit, but 2000 is very achievable.

In terms of “being faster than an F1 car car,” don’t forget that this AM-RB project has no regulations to follow. There’s no limit on how much downforce it can create. There’s no restrictions on tires (wouldnt be surprised if there is a partnership with a major tyre maker to build custom tyres just for this car). There’s no fuel flow regulations, no limit on how high the engine can rev, no rules on engine configuration.

F1 cars are great, but the designers are hampered by the restrictions forced on them by the rule book.


Frankly I’d like to see a head to head of an F1 vs an lmp1 around silver stone. Or any track for that matter. It wouldn’t surprise me if the LMP1 lapped quite a bit faster even with the weight disadvantage now days.


Easily done.

LMP1 pole lap for Silverstone in 2015: 1:39.721
F1 pole lap for Silverstone in 2015: 1:32.248

A world apart.


Lol, best move ever from Aston Martin. Absolutely no investment and yet you still have your emblem on an f1 car. Porsche, audi, and everyone else is thinking “that’s all we had to do?”. The casual viewer has no idea that it’s a renault powering that red bull-tag heurer-Aston Martin.


Is this a back way for Red Bull to gain access to Mercedes Engines?
Mercedes owns a big percentage of Aston Martin. One can only expect a deal for engines down the line . Or a buy out of Aston?


Daimler only own 5%, definitely not a big percentage


5% is not a big percentage!

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