After four consecutive F1 world titles as chief engineer of the Red Bull team, each time with Sebastian Vettel as the driver, Adrian Newey was up for a new challenge. Other Formula 1 racing stables had already come to his sleeve, but he actually wanted to follow Gordon Murray. The former chief engineer of Brabham and McLaren, among others, learned the tricks of Formula 1, know-how that the South African used to design the supercar of supercars: the McLaren F1. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner could only keep Newey on board with the promise that he too could develop a street racer.
Thanks to Aston Martin, that project finally got off the ground, as the development of the Valkyrie was done in close consultation with Adrian Newey and his engineering team. And then one Lawrence Stroll appeared on the scene. F1 driver Lance’s father bought into Aston Martin, scrapped the British constructor’s Le Mans plans and turned Racing Point into Aston Martin Racing. Suddenly the partner had become a competitor and the link with the Red Bull Formula 1 team is cut.
Red Bull X2025
Red Bull’s expertise leads the Aston Martin Valkyrie to apply for the position of hypercar of hypercars, as the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1. But it does get a lot of headwind, including the T.50 designed by old hand Gordon Murray. But also the Mercedes-AMG One, which, like the Valkyrie, was largely designed by the F1 team that has proved to be almost unbeatable in recent years. Since 2014, they have won every title, both in the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships (with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton). And another player will soon be added, because the know-how that Red Bull gathered during the development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie is keen to use Horner to develop its own hypercar.
We learned in Gran Turismo that Red Bull Racing has been looking in that direction for a while. The virtual garage of the popular racing game counts the RBR X1, one on the then F1 car of Sebastian Vettel – who now drives for Aston Martin, could it be more coincidental? – based racing car whose aerodynamic body concept is somewhat reminiscent of the Valkyrie. Will we soon get a Red Bull X2025?
Source: Beyond the Grid