Aston Martin and Red Bull extend partnership into 2017
The partnership that has created the AM-RB 001 hypercar is set to extend into next year
The extended deal was signed at the recent Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; as part of the partnership, Red Bull F1 cars will continue to bear the Aston Martin logo.
Aston CEO Andy Palmer said: “By bringing together the talents of Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin, AM-RB 001 is destined to become the defining hypercar of this decade and a hugely desirable investment for collectors and enthusiasts.”
Accompanying the announcement of the continued co-operation between the two brands was the announcement that all 150 roadgoing AM-RB 001 examples have been sold; the juxtaposition of the two statements could suggest that a follow-up project is on its way.
Now all 150 examples of the car have found buyers, Aston Martin plans to begin production of the first prototype with the aim of having it up and running in 2017. Customer deliveries will commence in 2019.
Talking to Autocar about the future potential of the Aston Martin and Red Bull tie-up, Palmer said there could well be a “002, a 003 or a 007 even”. Palmer’s choice of examples for the forthcoming follow-up models is certainly interesting, with the 007 model tying in with Aston Martin’s long-running involvement with the James Bond films.
However, an Aston Martin spokesperson said that Palmer’s comments as “more tongue-in-cheek” than plans, and that the two companies are focusing upon the 001 model before planning any future models.