Red Bull Announces RB17 Hypercar, Designed by Adrian Newey

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Photo credit: Red Bull Advanced Technologies
Photo credit: Red Bull Advanced Technologies
  • This sketch illustrates the form of forthcoming Red Bull track-only hypercar.

  • Designed by Adrian Newey, the new car is aiming to offer Formula 1 comparable performance.

  • Deliveries to start in 2025, price $4.1 million, and the run will be limited to 50 cars.

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing jointly developed the Valkyrie around the mission of creating a purchasable car that would offer performance comparable to an LMP1 racer. Which, in its track-only AMR Pro form, it certainly seems close to.

But following the corporate divorce—after Aston acquired its own Formula 1 team—Red Bull is now planning its own hypercar future. Red Bull Advanced Technologies has just confirmed that it is working on another Adrien Newey design, another track-only beyond-hypercar and one that is aiming to bring a level of performance similar to that of a current Formula 1 car.

Beyond the project’s existence, the only other detail to have been released so far is this abstract sketch suggesting the car’s ultimate form, one in which a small bubble cockpit sits between heavily curved front and rear structures. We’re told that no more than 50 will be built, with a pretax price of $4.1 million at current exchange rates. Power will come from a hybridized twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, with this set to make at least 1100 hp. And yes, to save you from looking, that is indeed more than the 1000 hp produced by the Valkyrie AMR Pro’s naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12.

Advanced Ground Effects

Unsurprisingly, the RB17 will use a motorsport style carbonfiber tub, this featuring two seats. (A single-seater would doubtless be closer to the Formula 1 vision, but billionaires clearly want the chance to scare their friends.) It will be both engineered and constructed by Red Bull Advanced Technology in Milton Keynes, England, on the campus shared with the Formula 1 team. We’re told that as much work as possible will be done internally, with the RB17’s gearbox set to be made on site. The official release also promises the “most advanced ground effect package available in a series production car.” Which is a very serious claim given the T.50 produced by another of Formula 1’s great designers, Gordon Murray, has fan-assisted aero.

As well as acquiring what will doubtless be one of the fastest cars on the planet, Red Bull also promises that RB17 buyers will be heavily involved in the development program, spending time both with the Red Bull Racing team and also experiencing it through simulators and, ultimately, on-track training.

“The RB17 distils everything we know about creating championship-winning Formula One cars into a package that delivers extreme levels of performance in a two-seat track car,” Adrian Newey said in the official release, “driven by our passion for performance at every level, the RB17 pushes design and technical boundaries far beyond what has been previously available to enthusiasts and collectors."

Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2025. Begging the question, how will Aston Martin respond: will we see a Valkyrie AMR Pro Plus?

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