Red Bull RB17 hypercar might be the closest thing to an F1 car you can buy

Red Bull F1 genius Adrian Newey is masterminding a V10-powered track car

Red Bull RB17 - teaser

An “F1-inspired hypercar” is coming and it’ll be called the Red Bull RB17. Legendary F1 engineer Adrian Newey is the man behind the track-only Red Bull hypercar that is set to be unveiled this year with a whopping price tag of £5 million.

In an interview during Red Bull’s ‘Talking Bull’ podcast, Newey said the RB17 will feature a V10 engine, reflecting the V10-powered Formula One cars of the late 1990s. The RB17 was first announced back in July 2022 and will coincidentally rival another one of Newey’s creations, the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, plus other track-only cars like the £4.6m Ferrari 499P Modificata.

The RB17 will be the first car from Red Bull Racing, which has six Formula One constructors’ titles to its name. The car has been developed under its Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) arm, which acts as a consultancy to other businesses, too.

Described as “the purest execution of an F1-inspired hypercar”, the RB17 is the brainchild of Adrian Newey – Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, who worked with former team partner Aston Martin on the Valkyrie hypercar. Unlike the Valkyrie, though, 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 having been designed around a carbon-composite tub to ensure light weight, while power is being delivered by a V10 engine that will produce well over 1,100bhp – trumping the already hardcore 1,000bhp Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro. The petrol engine will be mated to a 200bhp electric motor to help increase power, but also provide power for the reverse gear. The engine will also rev to an astonishing 15,000rpm.

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. 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 at 120mph in downforce.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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...

Senior news reporter

A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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