British carmaker Aston Martin and Formula One team Red Bull Racing have unveiled the AM-RB 001 hypercar concept at Aston Martin's headquarters in England.
Aston Martin will produce between 99 and 150 road legal versions of the car as well as 25 track only cars. The car is expected to start testing in mid-2017 and will reach customers in 2018.
The madcap hypercar is the brainchild of Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey and Aston Martin's Marek Reichman (design director) and David King (special operations chief).
F1 design guru Newey worked on the aerodynamics of the hypercar and has kept most of the crazy downforce generating ground-effects bits on the underside of the car, between the front splitter and rear diffuser, allowing the Aston Martin design team to work their magic with the visible parts on top.
The AM-RB 001 will use a high capacity, high-revving naturally aspirated V12 engine to help the car achieve a 1:1 power to weight ratio. The engine will be mounted in the middle of the car, making the AM-RB 001 the first ever mid-engined Aston Martin.
The hypercar also has a Formula 1 inspired KERS system which could be used to reverse the car as it does not feature a reverse gear.
The new car will be developed by Aston Martin's bespoke 'Q' division and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, with production taking place at Aston's manufacturing facility in Gaydon, England.