The Aston Martin Vulcan made its dynamic debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June, but will Aston Martin connect with Red Bull for its next hypercar project?
Red Bull Enterprises may be taking a page from McLaren’s playbook and branching off its Formula One successes into engineering a road-going supercar, rumoured to be available in 2018.
Former Red Bull Racing famed F1 designer Adrian Newey is working with Aston Martin examining the possibility of a vehicle to compete with the likes of the LaFerrari and McLaren P1, reported Britain’s Autocar, though whether that would produce a road-going car in the tradition of a McLaren F1 or a track-special car to tackle the FXX K and P1 GTR race versions of those cars is still undetermined.
This comes within days of news that Aston Martin and RBR are also in talks about an on-track partnership, which would involve securing engines from Mercedes-Benz and possibly re-branding them as Aston Martins, which would tie in nicely to Aston Martin’s confirmed upcoming use of Mercedes-AMG-sourced engines in its road products.
Newey, who took Red Bull Racing to dominant heights in his tenure at RBR between 2010-2014, is said to be looking to produce a road-going supercar that could become one of the ultimate performing sports cars ever, in the vain of the legendary McLaren F1. Red Bull Enterprises is looking to expand the brand separate from its F1 division, and Newey reportedly interested in a “legacy project.”
Mercedes-Benz formerly worked together on six-figure supercars with RBR rival McLaren, whose second supercar project was the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren coupe and roadster, built between 2003 and 2010.
With three years or more until such deliberations (possibly) bear a rubber-torturing vehicle, that should leave plenty of time to sell out Aston Martin’s most extreme supercar yet, the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. Costing roughly US$2.3 million, and limited to 24 copies, the 800-plus horsepower V12 machine made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June.