September 25, 2022

As part of an ambitious project revealed at the team’s Milton Keynes factory on Tuesday, the car was created by the F1 team’s technical director, Adrian Newey.

The two-seater RB17 hypercar, developed for track use, will have a strictly limited series of 50 and has been designed for ultimate performance.

The ground effect car will be powered by a hybrid turbo V8 that produces over 1100bhp – and aims to be close to F1 car performance.

As well as owning the cars, collectors will have access to Red Bull’s simulation facilities, vehicle program development and on-track training.

Christian Horner, Red Bull F1 Team Boss, said: “The RB17 marks an important milestone in the evolution of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, now fully capable of creating and manufacturing a production car at our Red Bull Technology Campus. .

“Furthermore, the RB17 marks the first time a car bearing the Red Bull branding has been available for collectors.”

Newey added: “The RB17 distills everything we know about creating championship-winning Formula 1 cars into a package that delivers extreme levels of performance in a two-seater track car.

“Driven by our passion for performance at all levels, the RB17 pushes the boundaries of design and engineering far beyond what was previously available to enthusiasts and collectors.

Adrian Newey, Chief Technology Officer, Red Bull Racing

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Newey had led design work on the Aston Martin Valkyrie during the British manufacturer’s stint as a Red Bull partner, before it was taken over by Lawrence Stroll and returned to F1.

The Valkyrie, which featured in an RB17 teaser video released by Red Bull, was due to race in the Hypercar category of the World Endurance Championship before the project was put on hold in 2020.

Stroll has since said his Valkyrie Le Mans Hypercar program could be revived.

RBAT has worked with IndyCar chassis builder Dallara on its protective aeroscreen and is collaborating with ORECA on the one-make chassis for a new class of prototypes powered by hydrogen fuel cells set to be introduced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024.

“It’s hugely exciting,” added Horner at an event at Red Bull’s Milton Keynes campus on Tuesday.

“We’ve been on this journey together for 17 seasons now. It feels like the next chapter for the company, for the company, for what we do. It’s been a hell of a journey so far.

“We’ve also got the powertrains in production, we’ve got advanced technologies backing up and we’ve got this awfully exciting car.”

The RB17 will fit into the line of F1 cars produced by the team, having skipped the naming when Covid-19 forced a postponement in parts, which meant the 2021 car was called the RB16B.

“With this car having true Formula 1 performance, it just felt right that it belonged to that lineage and had that moniker of 17,” said Horner.

Newey at the launch of Red Bull's 2021 challenger RB16B, meaning the RB17 designation has been ignored by its F1 fleet

Newey at the launch of Red Bull’s 2021 challenger RB16B, meaning the RB17 designation has been ignored by its F1 fleet

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“It’s great to see that Adrian’s enthusiasm is totally intact for a project like this.

“It’s also a big project for the whole company. Applying Formula 1 methodology and timing as well, it was frustrating to work with partners and so on, you weren’t in control of your own destiny.

“With this, we took control of our own destiny. It’s a brave project, but everything Red Bull does is pretty brave.

“It’s extremely exciting to control this project from start to finish without being a client, which we’ve never dealt with before.”