Red Bull RB17 hypercar stacks over 800 kW under the lid
Red Bull is venturing into the car-making fold with its new track-only hypercar which carries the RB17 nameplate.
The high-performance engineering arm of the four-time Formula One Constructors’ Champion, which goes by the name of Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) is currently building a hypercar.
It’s the brainchild of Adrian Newey, the Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer. His work can be traced back to former partner Aston Martin on the Valkyrie but since that partnership has run its course, Red Bull was forced to pool its resources to manufacture the RB17 in-house.
For the time being, RBAT is only sharing a sketch image and some juicy details of its RB17.
As a start, the RB17 two-seater hypercar spawns a twin-turbo V8 hybrid powerplant that produces 829 kW of power. It is designed around a carbon-composite tub and according to RBAT, the hypercar features the most advanced ground effect package available in a series production car.
While the sketch doesn’t reveal much, reports state that it could weigh just below 1,000 kg without the driver. According to Red Bull, it could also feature active suspension.
Production of the new RB17 is earmarked to begin in 2025 at the firm’s base in Milton Keynes and only 50 units will be made in left-hand drive configuration. Pricing is, quite frankly, extortionate at this stage with the RB17 costing in the region of £5 million – that’s nearly R100m in our money without any applicable taxes.
To sweeten the financial hit, Red Bull says the purchase of an RB17 will also buy access to the Red Bull Racing team’s simulators, on-track training, vehicle program development and servicing and maintenance that’s supported directly by the factory.