Wednesday 15 February 2017, By Autovolo
Aston Martin has revealed its key technical partners who will assist the British sports car maker in the development of its AM-RB 001 hypercar.
Famous British motorsport company Cosworth has taken on the task of producing the car’s naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine, while Ricardo will be creating its seven-speed paddle-shift transmission.
The car’s carbon monocell is being developed by Multimatic, who has assisted Aston Martin with other cars likes the One-77 and Vulcan.
Croatian company Rimac will be supplying the AM-RB’s hybrid powertrain, while many of its electrical systems will be developed by Bosch. These include the engine control unit, traction control unit and the electronic stability programme.
Alcon and Surface Tranforms have also been confirmed as partner, working to develop the car’s lightweight brake calipers and carbon discs. These are a crucial part of the build, as they’ll be key to slowing down the car, which is expected to produce more than 900bhp.
The new hypercar is being developed in conjunction with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and AF Racing. The car is due to have a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1.
Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer, said: “Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort. To achieve great things, you need to surround yourself with the best people.
“Experience, creativity, energy, diligence and perfectionism are absolute must-have qualities in every area of the project. Having great technical partners such as those working with us is both reassuring and motivating. Together we aim to produce an innovative piece of engineering art.”
David King, Aston Martin vice-president and chief special operations officer, commented: “Making the AM-RB 001 presents huge challenges. It’s a real test of everyone involved, but that’s as it should be, for we’re genuinely raising the bar with this car.
“That’s what makes the project so special, and why having the right technical partners is so critical. Some of those names we’re working with are long-standing suppliers of Aston Martin, but there are some new names in there, too. Whether forging fresh partnerships or building on existing relationships, the AM-RB 001 project is a shared engineering adventure we’re all relishing.”
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