Skip advert
Advertisement

Adrian Newey’s RB17 hypercar to be unveiled very soon at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024

The V10 engine in the track-only hypercar will rev to astonishing 15,000rpm and produce over 1,100bhp

Red Bull RB17 - teaser

The Red Bull RB17 – a track-only, V10-powered hypercar, and the brainchild of legendary F1 designer and engineer Adrian Newey – will be unveiled on Friday 12 July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it has been confirmed.

Designed, developed, and manufactured entirely in-house by Red Bull, the RB17 was first announced back in July 2022 and has been described as “the purest execution of an F1-inspired hypercar.” It will also rival another one of Newey’s creations, the Aston Martin Valkyrie, and other track-only creations like the £4.6m Ferrari 499P Modificata and £3.5m Bugatti Bolide.

The RB17 uses a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, with seating for two and a mid-mounted V10 engine that sends its power through a carbon fibre gearbox to the rear wheels.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Adrian Newey, the soon-to-be-ex Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing, revealed earlier this year that the RB17’s V10 engine will rev to an astonishing 15,000rpm and is set to produce well over 1,100bhp – trumping the already hardcore 1,000bhp Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

If that wasn’t enough, the petrol engine is mated to a 200bhp electric motor to help increase power, as well as provide drive for the reverse gear. 

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Unlike the Valkyrie, the RB17 is a track-only model, freeing up Newey to focus purely on the aerodynamics rather than having to adhere to road car regulations. We have no doubt the RB17 will deliver scintillating performance with its monstrous engine, and having been designed around a carbon-composite tub to ensure light weight.

Keeping the car stuck to the tarmac will be “the most advanced ground effect package available in a series production car”, according to the company. This will include a blown diffuser – a piece of technology that helped Sebastian Vettel dominate during the early 2010s – plus active suspension will help generate lots of grip and the aerodynamics will provide the RB17’s own weight in downforce at 120mph.

Production is set to start in 2025 at Red Bull’s 290-acre campus in Milton Keynes, turning one of the UK’s newest cities into a car-making city. Only 50 RB17s will be made and only in left-hand drive, with a price of £5 million plus local taxes.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Buyers will have access to a package that will be tailored to their use of the car, with full support from the factory including servicing and maintenance. The 50 owners will also benefit from an exclusive relationship with the Red Bull Racing team, getting them access to the vehicle development programme, use of the team’s simulators, involvement in the RB17 development programme, plus on-track training and experiences.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

The name RB17 comes from the lineage of Red Bull Racing’s F1 cars. Red Bull raced the RB16 in 2020, but the following year’s car was not deemed different enough to take the RB17 name, instead being called RB16B. Its next F1 car was the RB18 in 2022 and then the record-breaking RB19 in 2023, with its name also reflecting the number of years Red Bull racing had existed up to that point. However, in spite of Horner going on the record stating that the a 17 will never exist, that name is now set to be used for the new hypercar.

Red Bull RB17 design

As for what the RB17 will look like, Red Bull has only released an official sketch showing the swooping aerodynamic lines of the car and a cockpit for two people covered by a racing canopy.

Advertisement - Article continues below

However, the sketches hint at the real thing looking similar to a series of virtual racers designed by Red Bull Racing for the Gran Turismo racing game series. The Red Bull X2010, X2014 and X2019 trio were designed by Adrian Newey, featuring similar aerodynamic bodywork to the RB17 sketches, including a canopy over the driver.

Speaking at the launch of the RB17, Christian Horner, who is the CEO of both Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, said: “The RB17 marks an important milestone in the evolution of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, now fully capable of creating and manufacturing a series production car at our Red Bull Technology Campus. The RB17 marks the first time that a car wearing the Red Bull brand has been available to collectors.”

Adrian Newey said: “The RB17 distils everything we know about creating championship-winning Formula One cars into a package that delivers extreme levels of performance in a two-seat track car. Driven by our passion for performance at every level, the RB17 pushes design and technical boundaries far beyond what has been previously available to enthusiasts and collectors."

Adrian Newey leaving Red Bull

In May 2024, it was announced Adrian Newey will be leaving Red Bull early next year. He joined the Red Bull team, which now has six Formula One constructors’ titles to its name, in 2006. Until his departure, Newey is focusing all his efforts on delivering the Red Bull RB17. 

Red Bull said in a statement on 1 May: “The engineering supremo will step back from Formula One design duties to focus on final development and delivery of Red Bull’s first hypercar, the hugely anticipated RB17. He will remain involved in and committed to this exciting project until its completion.”

The RB17 is far from the only track-toy for the well-heeled petrolhead. Click here to find out more about the similarly extravagant Czinger 21C...

Skip advert
Advertisement
News reporter

As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024: new cars and highlights
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024 - MG sculpture
News

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024: new cars and highlights

2024’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was a celebration of over 130 years of engine tech, but it also looked well into the future
17 Jul 2024
Land Rover Defender Octa ride review: up the hill in a ferocious new flagship
Land Rover Defender OCTA - front action
Road tests

Land Rover Defender Octa ride review: up the hill in a ferocious new flagship

The 626bhp Octa sets a mind-boggling performance benchmark for the Defender
15 Jul 2024
New Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed with a 15,000rpm V10 engine
Red Bull RB17 Goodwood - front
News

New Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed with a 15,000rpm V10 engine

The RB17 promises F1 levels of performance, while its naturally aspirated V10 revs to an staggering 15,000rpm
12 Jul 2024
New Ford Capri ride review: a first taste of the divisive electric SUV
New Ford Capri - front cornering
Road tests

New Ford Capri ride review: a first taste of the divisive electric SUV

We hitch a ride in Ford's new electric coupe-SUV at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
12 Jul 2024

Most Popular

New Kia Sportage facelift caught on camera at the Nurburgring
Kia Sportage facelift spyshot 1
News

New Kia Sportage facelift caught on camera at the Nurburgring

Kia’s big-selling mid-size SUV is about to get a makeover for 2025
19 Jul 2024
New Volkswagen Golf 2024 facelift review: updates are a step in the right direction
Volkswagen Golf facelift 2024 UK - front
Road tests

New Volkswagen Golf 2024 facelift review: updates are a step in the right direction

The Volkswagen Golf has been updated to keep it competitive against the likes of the Skoda Octavia and Honda Civic
19 Jul 2024
The arrival of sub-£20k electric cars can't come soon enough
Opinion - Citroen e-C3
Opinion

The arrival of sub-£20k electric cars can't come soon enough

Mike Rutherford thinks that pure electric cars are still struggling to win over the hearts and minds of buyers
21 Jul 2024