Total supports Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing at the unveiling of the radical AM-RB 001 hypercar
Total, the global energy company, is proud to have supported partners Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing at the unveiling of their ground-breaking hypercar, codenamed AM-RB 001, on Tuesday 5 July at Aston Martin's HQ in Gaydon, England.
The car is the result of a unique Innovation Partnership between the British luxury brand and eminent F1TM team, combining the vision and skills of two world-leading brands to create a road car the like of which has never been seen before.
Marc Smith, General Manager at Total UK, Lubricants Division, said: “We were delighted to support our friends at Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing at the unveiling of the radical AM-RB 001 hypercar.”
He added: “We are partners with both Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing and being there showed there is great potential for the three brands to work together in the future.”
Earlier this year Aston Martin and Total signed a global partnership agreement, making Total an energy partner to Aston Martin throughout 2016 and 2017, providing its products to the luxury British marque and its official motorsport outfit; Aston Martin Racing. Both companies are also exploring options for further opportunities to utilise the energy supplier’s Total Excellium products.
Marc Smith added: “We have installed Total fuel pumps at Aston Martin’s factory and every vehicle coming off the production line will be filled with Excellium fuel. This is a major step forward and takes our relationship with Aston Martin to the next level.”
Total has been passionate about Formula 1 for many years. In 2016, the Group is a sponsor of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team. With their considerable experience accumulated over the racing seasons, the Group’s engineers are masters in the art of formulating customised fuels and lubricants for the most powerful automotive engines. The goal is to optimise their operation, energy efficiency and reliability.
In terms of the AM-RB 001, the three men charged with realising this shared vision are Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer and the world’s most successful F1TM designer, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer and David King, VP and Chief Special Operations Officer. Together they spearhead a formidable alliance. One that combines more than a hundred years of specialism – both with heritage, making some of the world’s most beautiful and charismatic GT cars, and with technological brilliance and relentless pursuit of speed and efficiency that has seen Red Bull Racing excel in the ferociously competitive world of Formula One.
Uncompromising in all respects, the AM-RB 001 is a bespoke machine from the tyres up. It will be built by David King and his team at Gaydon, in the purpose-built facility created for Aston Martin’s original hypercar, the One-77. The AM-RB 001’s suspension system will feature innovative technology likewise, the transmission is a clean-sheet design conceived by Newey and developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
The AM-RB 001 to be extremely light and compact, yet offer genuine comfort and space for driver and passenger and house a V12 engine.
Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing said: “Our relationship with Aston Martin and the realisation of the AM-RB 001 is pioneering and borne of our synergies and desire to break new ground. The AM-RB 001 is the inspirational product of this collaborative spirit.”
Total volume will be between 99 and 150 road cars inclusive of all remaining prototypes and 25 track-only versions, with first deliveries commencing in 2018.