Red Bull Unveils Revolutionary 1000-HP V10 Hypercar with 15,000 RPM Rev Limit

RB17 expected to weigh under 2k pounds.

“RB17” may bring to mind the iconic Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car, but in 2020, it was the “RB16” that dominated the track. However, as the seasons progressed, the “RB16” was replaced by the improved “RB16B” and eventually the “RB18”. Fans eagerly await the arrival of the “RB17” in 2024, but it won’t be a Formula 1 car. Instead, Red Bull has decided to use the alphanumeric designation for their highly anticipated hypercar.

In 2022, the RB17 was first revealed to be the latest creation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the engineering division of the Red Bull Racing Group. It is set to compete with other high-performance vehicles such as the Mercedes-AMG One and Aston Martin Valkyrie, and has been designed by renowned F1 engineer and designer, Adrian Newey. In a recent episode of the company’s podcast, the Global Chief Technical Officer gave an in-depth discussion about the highly-anticipated hypercar.

Originally announced with a twin-turbo V8 powertrain, the latest supercar will now come equipped with a naturally aspirated V10 engine capable of reaching a mind-blowing 15,000 rpm. The internal combustion unit on its own will generate an astounding 1,000 horsepower, which will be further enhanced by an electric motor providing an additional 200 hp. And if that wasn’t astonishing enough, Newey divulged that the engineering team’s target is to achieve a curb weight of less than 900 kilograms (1,984 pounds). To put this number into perspective, the lightest ND-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata was a limited edition model exclusively available in Japan and weighed 990 kg (2,182 lbs).

Hailed as one of the most streamlined automobiles in existence, the Aston Martin RB17 has been projected by Newey to match lap speeds that can only be achieved by an F1 vehicle. Newey boasts that it will produce a deliberately curtailed maximum downforce of 1,700 kilograms (3,747 pounds) when reaching a speed of 150 mph (241 km/h). Astoundingly, at a velocity of 120 mph (193 km/h), the level of downforce will be on par with the weight of the car itself.


The new two-seater hypercar will boast a more expansive interior than its predecessor, the Valkyrie, with increased legroom, specifically for taller drivers. Further details were disclosed during a podcast, unveiling highlights like active suspension and personalized Michelin tires. A limited 50 models will be produced, though in actuality there will only be 49 available as one unit has being reserved by Newey.

After completing the finalization of its design and technical specifications, Red Bull is set to commence testing on different components in the year 2024. The company will reveal a life-size replica this summer, but the actual on-track testing will not begin until towards the end of 2025. Production of customer cars is expected to start in 2026. Additionally, the lucky 49 individuals who will acquire these cars will also undergo training, which will involve utilizing Red Bull’s F1 simulator.

“How much does it cost?” The price for the RB17 is £5 million, which is equivalent to about $6.3M based on current exchange rates. However, this does not include taxes. While the RB17 is being marketed as a “track car,” we have contacted Red Bull to confirm whether it will also be approved for street use.

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