$6M Red Bull Hypercar

Original story by: Daniel Golson CNET

Back in 2016, when Aston Martin became a sponsor and technological partner of the Red Bull Formula 1 team, the British sports car maker announced the AM-RB 001, a hypercar that would eventually become the Valkyrie. It was originally developed in collaboration with famed engineer Adrian Newey and the Red Bull Advanced Technologies team, but Aston eventually broke away from the F1 team and completed the Valkyrie on its own. Now Red Bull has announced its own in-house hypercar, the RB17, which is also being created by Adrian Newey.

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Adrian Newey RB17
Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing talk at the launch of the Red Bull Advanced Technologies RB17 at Red Bull Racing Factory on June 28, 2022 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Alex Morton)

The RB17 is described as a two-seater that will deliver the ultimate on-track driving experience; it’s unclear whether the car will be road legal. The released teaser sketch shows a dramatic silhouette with large fenders, a long tail, a compact bubble-shaped cabin and plenty of aerodynamically optimized lines. (And yes, it kinda looks like the Valkyrie.) The RB17 will have a hybrid V8 powertrain with more than 1,100 horsepower, and Red Bull says it will use a carbon-composite tub and the most advanced ground effects package on a production car.

Only 50 of the RB17 will be made when production starting in 2025, with the price set to start at more than $6 million each. Owners will have access to Red Bull’s simulators and be invited to experience the car’s development along the way, as well as get special on-track experiences once it gets delivered.