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Red Bull reveals plans for £5m hypercar designed by Newey

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As part of an ambitious project revealed at the team’s factory in Milton Keynes on Tuesday, the car has been created by the F1 team’s technical director, Adrian Newey.

Developed for track use, the RB17 two-seater hypercar will have a strictly limited run of 50 and has been designed for maximum performance.

The ground effect car will be powered by a V8 hybrid turbo producing over 1100bhp, and is intended to be close to the performance of an F1 car.

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In addition to owning the cars, collectors will have access to Red Bull’s simulator facilities, vehicle program development and on-track training.

Red Bull F1 Team Principal Christian Horner said: “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.

“Furthermore, the RB17 marks the first time that a Red Bull-branded car has been made available to collectors.”

Added Newey: “The RB17 distills everything we know about creating championship-winning Formula 1 cars into a package that offers extreme levels of performance in a two-seat track car.

“Driven by our passion for performance at every level, the RB17 pushes design and technical limits far beyond what was previously available to enthusiasts and collectors.”

Adrian Newey, Chief Technology Officer, Red Bull Racing

Adrian Newey, Chief Technology Officer, Red Bull Racing

Photo by: Carl Bingham/Motorsport Images

Newey had led design work on the Aston Martin Valkyrie during the British manufacturer’s time as a partner of Red Bull, before Lawrence Stroll bought it and returned to F1.

The Valkyrie, which was featured in a teaser video of the RB17 published by Red Bull, was scheduled to compete in the Hypercar category of the World Endurance Championship before the project was put on hold in 2020.

Stroll has since stated that his Valkyrie Le Mans Hypercar program could be revived.

RBAT worked with IndyCar chassis builder Dallara on its protective aeroscreen and is collaborating with ORECA on the single-make chassis for a new category of hydrogen fuel cell-powered prototypes to be unveiled at the 24 Hours of Le mans in 2024.

“It’s tremendously exciting,” Horner added at an event at Red Bull’s Milton Keynes campus on Tuesday.

“We have been on this journey together for 17 seasons. It feels like the next chapter for the company, for the business, for what we’re doing. It’s been one hell of a ride so far.

“We also have the powertrains running, we have Advanced Technologies going strong, and we have this terribly exciting car.”

The RB17 will fit into the lineage of F1 cars produced by the team, skipping the naming when Covid-19 forced a transfer in parts that meant the 2021 car was called the RB16B.

“With this car having true Formula 1 performance, it felt good that it fell into that lineage and had that moniker 17,” said Horner.

Newey at the launch of Red Bull's 2021 RB16B challenger, which meant his F1 fleet skipped the RB17 designation

Newey at the launch of Red Bull’s 2021 RB16B challenger, which meant his F1 fleet skipped the RB17 designation

Photo by: Red Bull Content Pool

“It’s great to see that Adrian’s enthusiasm hasn’t diminished at all for a project like this.

“It is also a great project for the whole company. Applying the methodology and timing of Formula 1 was also a frustration of working with partners etc, you were not in control of your own destiny.

“With this, we have taken control of our own destiny. It’s a brave project, but everything Red Bull does is pretty brave.

“It’s tremendously exciting to be in control of this project from start to finish without being a client, which we haven’t had to deal with before.”

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