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Recruitment drive for Adrian Newey's hypercar hints at spec secrets

Aston Martin

Red Bull Advanced Technologies is currently recruiting engineers to turn Adrian Newey's vision of the ultimate road car into reality.

Red Bull is working in collaboration with Aston Martin to produce a road-going hypercar with the potential to lap Silverstone faster than a Formula One car. The AM-RB 001 concept car broke cover earlier this year at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, but confirmed details of the final specification remain slim.

However, since the end of last month the careers section of Red Bull Racing's website has been advertising a number of roles for "highly motivated and skilled engineers", offering a hint at some of the technology involved in the project. Among the vacancies are positions for engineers with expertise in hybrid drivetrains and semi-active suspension, two technologies that were not confirmed by Red Bull or Aston Martin at the launch in July.

What is known is that any hybrid element of the drivetrain will have to work in harmony with a bespoke, high-revving, normally-aspirated V12 engine that Aston Martin has promised will "break ground" with new technology. The engine and hybrid system is expected to produce between 900bhp and 1000bhp in order to satisfy Newey's desire for the sub 1000kg car to have 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

Although active suspension is nothing new in the automotive world, it has been banned in F1 since 1994 after concerns it was leading to dangerously fast cornering speeds. It was pioneered by Lotus in the 1980s before becoming a key contributor to the dominance of Williams' high-tech, Newey-designed cars in 1992 and 1993. A semi-active system on the AM-RB 001 is expected to contribute to the effectiveness of the car's under-floor aerodynamics, which in turn will be essential in fulfilling Newey's aim of producing record-breaking road car performance.

The first AM-RB 001 prototype is not expected to hit the roads until the end of 2017, with deliveries reaching customers no earlier than 2019.