Monday, May 27, 2024

Red Bull to build new F1-inspired two-seat hypercar

Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the high-performance engineering arm of Red Bull Racing Group, has unveiled its first hypercar project designed, developed, and manufactured entirely in-house. Created by Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, the RB17 is a two-seat hypercar optimized for the ultimate on-track driving experience. The limited 50 cars will be made at the company’s technology campus in Milton Keynes, UK.

The RB17 takes its inspiration and name from the cars that Red Bull Racing has campaigned in the world’s most demanding and technically advanced motorsport series. The two-seat track car will be powered by a V8 hybrid engine developing over 1,100 bhp of power. Like an F1 machine, it will have a carbon fiber chassis with aerodynamic bodywork. Optimized for on-track performance, Red Bull says the RB17 will feature the most advanced ground effect package available in a series production car.

“The RB17 distills everything we know about creating championship-winning Formula One cars into a package that delivers extreme levels of performance in a two-seat track car,” said Adrian Newey. “Driven by our passion for performance at every level, the RB17 pushes design and technical boundaries far beyond what has been previously available to enthusiasts and collectors.”

Pricing for the RB17 starts at £5M ($6 million), with just 50 collectors set to become owners of the car. The ownership includes more than the car, bringing a close association with the Red Bull Racing team through access to simulators, vehicle program development, and on-track training and experiences. The RB17 will be supported directly by the factory, with servicing and maintenance support tailored to each owner and their usage profile for the car.

“The RB17 marks an important milestone in the evolution of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, now fully capable of creating and manufacturing a series production car at our Red Bull Technology Campus. Further, the RB17 marks the first time that a car wearing the Red Bull brand has been available to collectors,” said Christian Horner, CEO of Oracle Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

Full technical details for the RB17 will be released in due course. The hypercar is scheduled to commence in 2025.