Aston Martin is back in F1. So it is the perfect time to announce they want to build a road car, perfectly legal to go on the school run or do your daily shopping, that can lap Silverstone faster than an F1 car. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said, “As we sit here today, the raison d’etre that we’ve given the team is to be faster than an F1 car around Silverstone, or indeed any other F1 track. I am sure there are other cars that can go in straight lines quicker than this. We don’t make drag cars, we make cars you can use. That is the raison d’etre we use.” Think about what it entails, the technical details you have to engineer around. Safety equipment, nanny state regulations, etc. The challenge is immense. Aston is confident though. How confident? Confident enough to be talking the production run number (99) and a price (over $1 Million USD). I guess I’d be confident if I had aero techno wizard Adrian Newey at my side.
We don’t know much about the engine, though you should think something around 1000 hp. The AM-RB 001 will use some form of advanced ground effects. Newey who is noticeably excited about the project told Motorsport.com, “My final-year project (at university) was on ground effect aerodynamics supplied to a road car. When I first started thinking about this project, I dragged up that project from 1980 and referred to it.”
Newey is excited about the freedom provided from a blank sheet of paper. A freedom he feels is lacking in F1 currently. “It’s much, much more open,” he said. “There is more room for creativity. The rulebook now almost designs the car for you in Formula 1. I think that is clear in the way the cars have converged in terms of looks. With road cars, there is far more freedom with trying to do something which I think will be a bit different to anything else that is out there.”
Aston Martin has an ambitions goal and an excited designer who is excited and passionate about the project. A designer who has penned multiple world championship winning cars. If they can get close to an F1 car’s speed the end result should be epic. I for one can not wait to see what they come up with.