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We Hear: Red Bull, Aston Martin Could Develop Extreme Road Car

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/8/2015 Jason Udy

Aston Martin could develop an “ ultra-high-performance road car ” in collaboration with Red Bull Racing’s designer Adrian Newey. If it happens, the new model would compete with cars such as the McLaren P1 GTR and Ferrari FXX K, Autocar reports.

We Hear: Red Bull, Aston Martin Could Develop Extreme Road Car

Although Newey currently works with Red Bull Racing, the possible collaboration would be between Aston Martin and Red Bull Technologies, a separate division of Red Bull from the race team. However just a few days before the news of the ultra-high-performance model there were hints of a Aston Martin returning to Formula 1 with the help of Red Bull Racing. While those rumors haven’t been confirmed, Newey’s involvement suggests that Aston’s return to Formula 1 could happen.


With Aston Martin’s current partnership with Mercedes-Benz, the ultra-high-performance road car – as well as its possible return to Formula 1 – could use Mercedes-sourced engines and electrical hardware. If the Formula 1 project were to happen, the cars would be powered by Mercedes, but branded as Aston Martin.

Helmut Marko, advisor for Red Bull Racing, hinted there was a deal in place. In a recent interview with, Marko said "there are talks with Aston Martin - but on other projects.“

Other rumors suggest that earlier this year Newey began work on a road car about the same time he began talking with Aston Martin. Newey is also said to be working on other projects as well.

Aston Martin Vulcan© Provided by MotorTrend Aston Martin Vulcan

A collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull involving Mercedes-Benz bits isn’t too far-fetched.Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer came from Infiniti, which is currently working with Red Bull in Formula 1. Palmer has also worked with Daimler on the Nissan Twingo and Smart ForTwo project. Not only does Aston Martin want to further differentiate its sports cars from its grand tourers, the company hopes to expand its range to include a Ferrari F12 fighter. Additionally, Palmer isn’t opposed to the idea of a mid-engine car; something it would need to take on the world’s ultra-high-performance models.

Photos are of the Aston Martin Vulcan

Source: Autocar, 2


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