The engineering branch of the Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing is going to develop its own hybrid hypercar. Will be called Red Bull RB17 and is set to become the fastest production car ever made. To achieve this, Red Bull will put all the meat on the grill, including a wild set-up at the aerodynamic level and a hybrid engine with more than 1,100 horsepower.
Sometimes the term “technology derived from Formula 1” is said too lightly. In this case, that phrase is going to make all the sense in the world, because the engineering team that will develop the car is closely related to the Formula 1 team. More specifically, the car will be developed by the Red Bull Advanced Technologies division. The RB17 uses the same nomenclature system used by the Red Bull team for its racing cars; 17 was the missing number between last year’s RB16b and this season’s RB18.
The RB17 will be a true hypercar, a two-seater with few “legal” commitments since it will be approved only for use in circuit. The fact that it is a circuit car will allow, according to the literal words of Red Bull, “the purest execution of a Formula 1-inspired hypercar”. In other words: it will be a car with radical aerodynamics, very light and with a hybrid system focused on achieving maximum performance. A production car as similar as possible to a Formula 1 car.
Red Bull has set out not exceed 900 kg in weight (not counting the driver) and will have a hybrid V8 engine with more than 1,100 horsepower, as announced by the brand, which has not commented on the origin of the engine or given more figures on its performance. The RB17 will also feature “the most advanced ground effect available in a production car,” according to Red Bull.
According to Adrian Newey, who knows something about making fast cars, “The RB17 distills everything we know about creating winning Formula 1 cars into a package that offers extreme levels of performance in a two-seater track car.” With the RB17 they intend to push design and technique to the limit to offer a car like no other to private customers.
The RB17 will be the first Red Bull-branded car that private customers can buy. Of course, it will not be cheap. Red Bull plans to build 50 examples of the RB17 with a price from £5m before tax. Translated into euros and adding taxes, in Spain it would cost 7 million euros at a minimum, before going into possible configuration options. An eye-popping figure that will include more than just the car: Red Bull will also include access to the Red Bull F1 team simulators, car program development, training sessions and other track experiences.
Production of the RB17 will start in 2025. The car will be built at the Red Bull Advanced Technologies base, in conjunction with the F1 team in Milton Keynes, central England. The engineering development and production of the car will create 100 new jobs.
It is not the first time that Red Bull has been involved in a production car
The engineering branch of the Red Bull Racing team collaborated with Aston Martin to develop the Aston Martin Valkyriea spectacular sports hide presented in 2017 that has given some headaches until it has finally reached its first customers.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a true rolling work of engineering, with highly elaborated aerodynamics and a hybrid system that used a 1,155-horsepower naturally aspirated V12 engine as its main engine. The development of the car ended up being so complex that its deliveries ended up being delayed by nearly two years.
It was originally planned that Red Bull would also work on the Aston Martin Valhalla, the little brother of the Valkyrie, but the company of the two bulls settled their contractual agreements with Aston Martin after finishing the development of the Valkyrie.