Aston Martin announce innovative tie-up with Red Bull

17 Mar 2016 12:53

The famous British car manufacturer Aston Martin has announced an innovative tie-up with Red Bull to end more than half-a-century in the Formula One wilderness.

Aston Martin last appeared in the sport back in 1960 after a brief two-season spell. But the iconic brand will now be adorned on Red Bull cars throughout the upcoming campaign, starting at Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Red Bull design king Adrian Newey is also working with Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman on a new supercar which will be called the AM-RB 001. It is expected to launch in two years and could cost up to £2million.

"This is a very exciting project for everyone at Red Bull Racing," said team principal Christian Horner at the announcement in Melbourne on Thursday night.

"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 using Formula One DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars.

"It's an incredible project and also realises a dream and vision long held by Adrian to design a road car. We are very much looking forward to what I'm certain will be a successful partnership."

Newey, integral to McLaren's success in the 1990s as well as the consecutive four driver and team titles won by Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, added: "From the age of six I have had two goals in life - to be involved in the design of racing cars, and to be involved in the design of a supercar.

"Whilst the former ambition went on to form my career to date, the latter has always bubbled away, resulting in countless sketches and doodles over the years.

"The opportunity to now develop and realise those ideas whilst working with Marek and his colleagues from Aston Martin is tremendously exciting. It allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1 into a new arena."