Imagine you work for Aston Martin. (No problem there).
Now imagine your boss says to you…
“We need you to work on a design for a new car.
I can’t tell you what it’s going to look like though. I can’t even tell you what we’re going to call it.
It’ll go by the codename ‘Nebula’. Also, it’ll be in direct competition with the best Ferrari, McLaren and yes… The best Bugatti you can imagine.”
You think to yourself… This is going to get me so laaa…
“When do we start?”
“Today,” your boss replies. “First, though I should probably introduce you to the vehicle’s head designer, Red Bull Racer Adrian Newey. You’ve heard of him, right? The legendary Formula 1 engineer and designer?”
(You guessed it. Adrian Newey)
Of course you’ve heard of Newey. The dude’s only won 10 Formula One championships.
You pinch yourself. Nope, not a dream.
Meet the AM-RB-001
That’s basically the scenario that played out for Aston Martin employees lucky enough to be assigned to work on the Nebula — now officially known as the AM-RB-001 — early last year.
The secrecy surrounding the hypercar has been tremendous, with employees (and a select few) finally getting a look at Aston Martin’s latest masterpiece yesterday at the official unveiling. It’s safe to say it will be the prototype that all future Aston Martin’s will be modeled after.
The motivation behind the design was simple: Keep it as pure and light as possible, and house it in a tighter package than any of its competitors.
Newey wanted the power-to-weight ratio to match, which equated to a monstrous 1,000hp and an aerodynamic body resting at 1,000kg.
The final result? One provocative looking ride.
(The AM-RB-001 prototype)
It could easily be mistaken for a Formula 1 car but according to Aston Martin, the AM-RB-001 was built for the streets.
The automaker’s CEO Andy Palmer says that at its heart, it’s just “a very, very quick road car.”
Quick might be the understatement of the year.
The AM-RB-001 will come equipped with air condition, an infotainment system and two spacious seats inside. And at 39.5 inches, it’s one of the lowest rides you’ll find on the market (even lower than the Ford GT40).
Yesterday’s unveiling will essentially be the vehicle’s final design, barring a few minor modifications on the path to completion. For enthusiasts and auto bloggers lucky enough to attend the event, a few restrictions were in place. The AM-RB-001’s headlights were covered and photographs were strictly forbidden from being taken below the car, in order to protect the finite details of its aerodynamic design.
So… How Much Does it Cost?
If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford the Nebula, it will cost you anywhere from $3 to $4.5 million CAD, depending on the features you opt to include. You’ll also be one of only 98 people to ever own one. So that’s pretty cool.
The car even comes with a training course to teach owners how to drive it without hurting themselves. The first prototype AM-RB 001s will begin testing in late 2017 and the lucky bastards rich enough to buy one should expect to see it in their driveways early 2019.
Until then, we only have pictures to drool over.
So drool away.
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