Again one of Formula One’s brightest minds will be instrumental to an extreme road car design.
Adrian Newey, renowned Formula One designer, is collaborating with Aston Martin to create an extreme supercar according to Autocar, with the aim to have it on par with Ferrari’s LaFerrari and McLaren P1.
It’s no secret that Newey, after declaring he wanted to spend less time around Formula One as Red Bull Racing’s Technical Director, wants to lend his genius to a road car project, and the potential pairing may realise another car in the vein of Gordon Murray’s McLaren F1.
The news also coincides with rumours Aston Martin will make a return to the sport as partners with Red Bull Racing, which would afford the team a chance to use Mercedes-Benz engines after its contract with Renault ends in 2016 as the car manufacturer owns five per cent of Aston Martin.
Helmut Marko, RBR’s racing advisor, when asked about the F1 partnership has also told Speedweek.com the two firms are working together “but on other projects”.
The Mercedes-Benz relation also opens up potential for the Newey-designed Aston Martin to utilise Mercedes technology for its own drivetrain, if for some reason the current V12 developed by Aston Martin Racing in the Vulcan isn’t the right fit.
How exactly the project between Newey and Aston Martin will differ to the Vulcan remains to be known, as the 527kW hypercar that’s being sold as a circuit-only machine already fits the bill as its highest and most exclusive offering, but it’s said that the two parties want the project to have little overlap with the Vulcan as possible, explaining Newey’s desire to have the car designed for road use.
That said, the possibility that Newey’s brain has access to this V12 for a road car has us delirious in anticipation.