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Aston Martin partners with Red Bull

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17/03/2016

Aston Martin has partnered with Red Bull to create next generation hypercar.

The luxury car brand, which was linked with the Austrian team last summer, but then appeared to look likely to partner Force India after Mercedes effectively scuppered an engine rebadging deal, has confirmed an Innovation Partnership to create next generation hypercar and will see Aston Martin logos on the RB12 this season.

The partnership will see Red Bull's Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman collaborate to produce a ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercar.

Codenamed Project 'AM-RB 001', the new hypercar will represent the ultimate blend of cutting edge F1 technology with Aston Martin's signature sports car design. The combined talents of Newey, widely noted as the most successful Formula One designer of all time, and Reichman, Aston Martin's design chief since 2005, are set to produce the ultimate hypercar.

Combining the strongest elements of Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Aston Martin, this new Innovation Partnership unites the world's best aerodynamicists, composite experts and manufacturing masters. All the parties offer different elite capabilities ensuring that Project 'AM-RB 001' promises to be an exciting prospect for customers and enthusiasts around the world.

"This is a very exciting project for everyone at Red Bull Racing," said Christian Horner. "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 One 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."

"Formula One offers the ultimate global stage to build wider awareness of the Aston Martin brand," added Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said. "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."

Having an illustrious Formula One career spanning nearly 30 years, and as the designer of ten World Championship winning Formula One cars, the partnership represents a new challenge for Red Bull Racing's Adrian Newey.

"From the age of six I have had two goals in life," admitted the Briton, "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."

As the designer of cars such as the Aston Martin DB11 - which was revealed earlier this month at the Geneva International Motor Show - the Aston Martin Vulcan and the One-77, Marek Reichman holds the key to the unmistakable design language of the modern era of Aston Martins.

"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," said Reichman. "The opportunity to collaborate with Adrian (Newey) and Red Bull Advanced Technologies will be a fascinating experience for everyone involved. Unconstrained by F1TM 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."

To celebrate the partnership between Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the RB12s will carry the iconic Aston Martin wings logo throughout the 2016 season, making their debut at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

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1. Posted by father guido, 18/03/2016 12:09

"Souns like an entry for the 24 heurs du Man."

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2. Posted by Tweek, 18/03/2016 0:31

"A supercar designed by Adrian will be absolutely fantastic! With any luck Red Bull can get Astin to make them a power unit, but Red Bull needs to stop complaining and get on with the racing. I'm not sure Astin Martin will tolerate Dietrich Mateschitz's public criticism. "

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3. Posted by scf1fan, 17/03/2016 11:18

"Ah! To hear the whine of a Red Bull on the street . . . ;-)"

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4. Posted by White Lightning, 17/03/2016 9:26

"Because, as McLaren have demonstrated twice, taking your eye off the ball to build a supercar is nothing but beneficial for F1 results."

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