Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has quite the lofty goal for the automaker's new hypercar — make it faster than a Formula-1 car around the famed Silverstone track ... or any F1 track, for that matter.
To accomplish just that, the supercar manufacturer announced Thursday that it's joining forces with Red Bull Racing, allowing that team's chief technical officer Adrian Newey to spearhead the design of the hypercar.
"Formula One offers the ultimate global stage to build wider awareness of the Aston Martin brand. However, this partnership will deliver even more than that when the hypercar that Aston Martin and Adrian Newey are in the process of developing hits the road," Palmer said, as part of Aston Martin's announcement Thursday. "Between Q by Aston Martin Advanced, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing AG, we are going to create a car that will excite and stir the imaginations of the car designers of the future and a global audience of sports car enthusiasts.
"These are exciting times for Aston Martin and arriving hot on the heels of our DB11 launch earlier this month," he continued, "this new partnership underlines that our brand really is racing again."
Tabbing Newey is significant, considering he's widely regarded as one of the most successful F-1 designers of all time, making the projection for what he'll come up with for Aston Martin downright intriguing. The collaboration is also historic, as Red Bull Racing's team principal, Christian Horner, described.
"This is a very exciting project for everyone at Red Bull Racing," Horner said. "Through this Innovation Partnership the iconic Aston Martin logo will return to grand prix racing for the first time since 1960, and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, led by Adrian, will be harnessing our Formula One DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars."
Aston Martin's chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, added that the developing hypercar will combine "the latest in aerodynamics from F1TM and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin sports car," continuing that this collaboration gives the automaker a "unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology."
Can't wait to see the finished product. By this teaser shot, it may just be something like we've never seen. Buckle up.