There is a new player in the hypercar game and his name is Red Bull Advanced Technologies. If that doesn’t sound familiar, RBAT is the engineering arm of Red Bull Racing Group and plans to take on the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One with the RB17. Talking about the automaker from Gaydon and its electrified engine, the upcoming rival is also written by F1 designer Adrian Newey.
We’ve only got this sketchy design for now, but RBAT shares some interesting early specs. At the heart of the RB17 hypercar will be a twin-turbo V8 hybrid powertrain that produces over 1,100 horsepower. The backbone will be represented by a carbon-composite tub wrapped around the body featuring “the most advanced ground effect package available in a series production car.”
The plan is to assemble just 50 vehicles at a rate of 15 per year, starting in 2025. Autocar have good authority most of them have been talked about. As far as price is concerned, you’d better sit down for this one as RBAT is asking for £5m before local taxes. That’s about $6.13 million or €5.79 million at current exchange rates for a car that owners cannot drive on public roads.
However, a two-seater engine is being developed to support conversion to a legal hypercar if customers wish to install a license plate on the RB17. As far as the moniker is concerned, it effectively fills a gap in how Red Bull Racing names its F1 cars since the RB16 used during the 2020 season was followed by the RB16B in 2021 before this year. RB18.
Adrian Newey says Autocar Work on the RB17 began in late 2020 and is being developed with a target weight of just 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds) without a driver. It will be slightly bigger than the Valkyrie, with a longer wheelbase and bigger tires. We also learned that the electrified hypercar will boast a closed roof, flexible side skirts and active suspension. Naturally, a lot of F1’s trickery will be implemented, including an energy recovery system to virtually eliminate turbo lag.
50 people who will put their signature on the dotted line will get access to the development stage as well as the simulator. Additionally, the RB17 will be bundled with a dedicated on-track training session.