Canadian company Multimatic will build the carbon fiber monocell for the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar, set to make its public debut during media day at the Toronto auto show on Thursday.
Hypercar is a term used to define the top one per cent of supercars, or high-performance sports cars.
Multimatic, of Markham, Ont., has previously worked on the Aston Martin One-77 and Vulcan. The company has also played a major role in developing the Ford GT, which started rolling off Multimatic’s assembly line in December 2016.
Aston Martin said lightweight construction is “paramount” in the AM-RB 001.
“Multimatic will combine its unrivaled manufacturing experience with Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ knowledge gained from the design and build of ultra-competitive, championship-winning Formula 1 cars,” Aston Martin said in a statement.
David King, Aston Martin’s chief of special operations, said in the same statement: “Making the AM-RB 001 presents huge challenges. It’s a real test of everyone involved, but that’s as it should be, for we’re genuinely raising the bar with this car.”
A maximum of 150 street-legal AM-RB 001s will be built, including all remaining prototypes, with 25 additional track-only versions. First deliveries are due to start in 2019.
The automaker called the AM-RB 001 “a car poised to redefine the limits of road car performance.”
Cosworth, with its Formula 1 and high-performance production-engine experience, will build the car’s 6.5-litre, V12 engine.
Aston Martin is working with Red Bull Racing to develop the car. Ricardo will supply the seven-speed paddle-shift transmission, built to Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ specifications.
Croatia-based Rimac will supply the lightweight hybrid battery system. The company has showcased its capabilities with the innovative Concept-One, the world’s first and fastest all-electric hypercar.
Meanwhile, Robert Bosch GmbH has been entrusted with developing the engine control unit, traction control and electronic stability program systems for the AM-RB 001. UK light manufacturer Wipac is responsible for the hypercar’s full LED headlamps and tail lamps.
Said Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer: “Much like Formula One, designing, engineering and building a car like the AM-RB 001 is a massive team effort.”
The Canadian International Auto Show is open to the public Feb. 17-26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.