Aston Martin AM-RB 001 to use Cosworth V12 and Ricardo gearbox
Partners for upcoming hypercar also include Multimac for the MonoCell and Rimac for hybrid batteries
The Aston Marin AM-RB 001 will use a Cosworth 6.5-litre V12 engine that’s mated to a seven-speed gearbox supplied by Ricardo, the car maker has confirmed in a new partners list.
Aston Martin said it chose to work with Cosworth and Ricardo for “their unrivalled expertise and willingness to push the performance boundaries”. Cosworth has a long history in motorsport and Ricardo developed the V8 used in McLaren models.
Aston’s hypercar, which has been co-developed by Red Bull Adavnced Technologies, is expected to produce 900bhp from its high-revving, naturally aspirated drivetrain. It will be built upon a carbonfibre Monocell that is provided by longstanding Aston Martin partner Multimatic.
Total kerb weight is therefore expected to be less than one tonne, and Aston Martin backs this up with claims for a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.
The car will use an F1-inspired energy recovery system (ERS) to harvest kinetic energy from braking, with electric car maker Rimac supplying lightweight hybrid batteries.
Braking will be handled by Alcon and Surface Transforms calipers and carbon discs, while Bosche will supply the engine control unit, traction control unit and electronic stability programme systems.
Aston Martin has also confirmed that Wipac, a British lighting manufacturer, has developed the car’s LED headlights and tail lights.
Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey said of the partners: “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.”
Aston Martin vice president David King added: “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.”
The AM-RB 001 will be built in a total of 150 units for the road and 25 track only versions. No pricing has been revealed but a figure of between £2-3 million is likely. First deliveries are due in 2019.
Source: Autocar Online