Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing F1 team set for 2018 debut
After their collaboration for the Valkyrie project, Aston Martin and RedBull are strengthening their innovation partnership by competing in Formula One as the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team, starting in 2018.
“Title partnership is the next logical step for our Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing. We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalized Formula One provides. The power unit discussions are of interest to us but only if the circumstances are right. We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved,” said Aston Martin President and CEO Andy Palmer.
The relationship between Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing, and AF Racing began in 2016 after the companies combined cutting edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a ground breaking hypercar. The Aston Martin Valkyrie, which sold out on launch, is set to be the first in a line of incredible products to be borne of this Innovation Partnership will make its first run in 2018 before being delivered to customers in 2019.
The new Advanced Performance Center, which will create 110 new jobs in Gaydon, England, will also house Aston Martin’s second dedicated design center and engineering personnel who will be working on future sports cars. The new center will allow a closer working relationship between the two leading brands in their respective fields which will see the adoption of both F1 and road car technology.
“Our Innovation Partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one. Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the Partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018. In addition, more than 100 Aston Martin staff will service the new Advanced Performance Centre on our campus here in Milton Keynes and it will allow us to collaborate further with Aston Martin on special, equally innovative, new projects,” said Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull Racing.