After many previews and treats, the first customers can almost receive their Aston Martin Valkyrie. The car is the brainchild of aerodynamic genius Adrian Newey, who heads the car’s design at Red Bull. The Valkyrie is actually as much an Aston Martin as a Red Bull. At Red Bull, the Valkyrie tastes like more. And perhaps that’s why it’s not just the Valkyrie for the brand. In the Formula 1 podcast Beyond the Grid Christian Horner hints that Red Bull may even start building road cars itself. It would help that the team designs the powertrains for their F1 car themselves.
Will there be Red Bull street cars?
Horner first says that Newey received various offers from other teams after the Red Bull championships. Horner knew that Newey would be more than happy to work on a road car, something Ferrari could offer him, for example. That is why Red Bull decided to promise the technician that he could develop a road car. At the time, they didn’t know which car brand they were going to do that with. Eventually that became Aston Martin.
When the podcast talks about Adrian Newey, interviewer Tom Clarkson asks Horner when we’ll see Red Bull’s first road cars on the road. The answer is: “Who knows, of course the partnership with Aston Martin has now come to an end in Formula 1. Now we have to see what the next step is in this journey. We learned all those lessons with the Valkyrie and it would be a shame not to use them in something crazy.” So apparently they want to do even more.
Not the first F1 team to become a car brand
It would not be the first time that a Formula 1 team suddenly starts making road cars. McLaren has followed the same path before. F1 also seemed to be a one-off exercise in the 1990s, but now McLaren has become an integral part of the supercar world. It is therefore not inconceivable that Red Bull will follow the same path and become a car brand in addition to a Formula 1 team. Red Bull street cars? We’ve seen crazier things from the brand.