So at this moment in time, there is a lot of confusion and plenty of debates surrounding what car actually is the world’s fastest. The Guinness book of world records, amongst other officiating bodies, argue that the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport which can hit top speeds of 257mp/h. Whilst others argue that the Hennesey Venom GT which hit roughly 270mp/h is the world’s fastest car but due to the cars lack of production and sales, it apparently does not qualify. So these two machines are the fastest street-legal cars, but how do they compare on an F1 race track? Well, not to well, the way the street cars are tested in comparison to the F1 cars are completely different. The corners on an F1 car for example would drastically drop the times a Veyron Super Sport and Venom GT would get round the track. Do you remember when the Bugatti went round the Top Gear track and ultimately finished 7th. So they are the records and the reasons for why the Veyron and the Venom GT aren’t like F1 cars but how do F1 cars perform?
The F1 cars are meant to perform better in different circumstances to street-legal cars. So how is the new car going to attempt to compete with an F1 car? Heading up this monumental task will be CCO of Aston Martin Marek Reichman and head of Red Bull Racing Adrian Newey. Dubbed project AM-RB-001, there has been very little information released. As of yet, there has only been a concept sketch, information saying that there will be under 100 units manufactured and these will cost between £1.8 and £2 million and a possible release date being 2008.
AM-RB-001, will therefore be a hybrid between a street car and an F1 car and from reports, both companies are extremely excited about the prospect of what Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner describes as “the ultimate of all road cars.”
Let’s hope that that this car will live up to its expectations and beat an F1 car around a track. It’s a huge task for both Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing; let’s hope that they can accomplish it.