AutosRed Bull's audacious RB17 hypercar: Faster than an F1 car and priced at $33.66 million

Red Bull's audacious RB17 hypercar: Faster than an F1 car and priced at $33.66 million

Technical Director Adrian Newey (on the left) and Team Principal of Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner (on the right), during the announcement of the RB17 project.
Technical Director Adrian Newey (on the left) and Team Principal of Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner (on the right), during the announcement of the RB17 project.
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5:22 AM EST, February 2, 2024

The RB17, a unique project from Red Bull, was first presented to the public in 2022. In theory, such a designation would correspond to the Red Bull Racing F1 car for 2021. However, technological advancements were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, extending existing regulations by a year. As a result, the RB16B, not the RB17, was produced. The Austrians are now closing this gap.

Until now, little information had been disclosed about the hypercar, which was set to be developed by engineers with extensive experience in F1.

Adrian Newey, a renowned engineer with an association to Red Bull since 2006, shared details about the ambitious project on the "Talking Bull" podcast. He's been a driving force behind the team's most significant triumphs, having previously worked with legendary Formula 1 teams like McLaren and Williams.

As the principal designer, Newey's input has been instrumental in the development of the RB17. No one could speak about the Austrian behemoth's hypercar with more authority than him. And there's a great deal to discuss, such as the power unit, for instance.

The hypercar will feature a naturally aspirated V10 engine capable of revving up to 15,000 rpm and producing a staggering 1,341 hp. An auxiliary electric unit will provide an additional 268 hp. Does this sound impressive? Absolutely, especially when the power-to-weight ratio is considered — the hypercar's weight is projected to be less than 1,984 pounds! This weight includes provision for two seats.

Lightweight, potent and as swift as an F1 car, Red Bull's hypercar challenges conventional thinking

The hypercar's aerodynamics are set to be extraordinarily advanced, a component where Newey's genius comes into play. Active suspension and a blown diffuser lay the ground, but it requires much more to generate a downforce of 3,748 pounds at approximately 149 mph. Moreover, the car's downforce is projected to equal its weight at a speed of 120 mph.

Enormous power, light weight, and superior aerodynamic design - it’s hardly surprising that according to internal simulations and Adrian Newey's assurances, the RB17 is anticipated to rival Formula 1 cars in terms of lap times. Indeed, this is exciting.

The hypercar's production will be limited to just 50 units, one of which has already been reserved by Newey himself. The first static display is anticipated for summer 2024, and track tests will commence in 2025. Therefore, the RB17 won't be available for purchase before 2026. The price tag? Five million pounds, approximately $33.66 million.

RB17 is supposed to be as fast as Formula 1 racing cars.
RB17 is supposed to be as fast as Formula 1 racing cars.© Licensor | Whisper Films / Red Bull Content Pool
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