The company is now hiring to build the team
Job listings on Red Bull Racing’s website are lending further credence to rumours that the AM-RB 001 hypercar could use a hybrid powertrain, and it could feature a semi-active suspension, too. First discovered by ESPN, the employee search wasn’t exactly a secret since the racing team titled the openings “AM-RB 001 Engineers."
We already know the Aston Martin hypercar would use a new naturally aspirated V12 displacing less than 5.2-litres and able to rev to 11,000 rpms. The total output would be 900 to 1,000 horsepower. These positions also heavily indicate electric assistance for the engine. For example, the automaker is looking for mechanical design engineers with a specialty in “automotive drivetrain integration – including hybridization." It also wants a controls engineer and electronics engineer with hybrid experience.
The posting looking for a controls engineer also stipulates the person needs experience with semi-active suspensions. Integrating the spring and dampers with the active aerodynamic elements should help with Adrian Newey’s goal of making the AM-RB 001 lap a track quicker than a Formula One car.
Aston Martin plans to build 99 examples of the AM-RB 001 and price them well above $1.7 million (1 million pounds), and there could be a few track-only examples, too. Red Bull still has time to build the development team because deliveries don’t begin until 2019.