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Adrian Newey shares juicy details of the Red Bull RB17 hypercar

Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technology Officer Adrian Newey, recently featured in an interview on the official Oracle Red Bull Racing podcast, in which, he revealed several details of the upcoming RB17 hypercar.

RB17 is being developed by Red Bull Technologies – the engineering division of the Red Bull Racing Group. The technical team behind the hypercar is being led by none other than Adrian Newey.

Red Bull RB17 Hypercar-teaser sketch

According to Newey, the RB17 will be powered by a naturally aspirated V10 engine that revs to 15,000 rpm. The ICE engine, which produces 1000 hp, will be paired with a 200 hp electric motor. A combined output of 1200 hp will be more than sufficient, with a claimed weight of less than 900 kg.

Aerodynamics being Newey’s speciality, we can expect the RB17 to adopt several technologies developed for Formula 1. It is said that the hypercar will use active suspension for a stable aero platform and a blown diffuser – technologies that are banned under the current F1 regulations.

Newey goes on to state that the RB17 hypercar will produce its own weight in downforce at 120 mph. Moreover, peak downforce had to be capped at 1700 kg due to excessive load on the tires experienced at around 150 mph. He adds that the lift-to-drag ratio of this car will be “unheard of” in the industry. The hypercar will ride on bespoke Michelin tires and be capable of F1 lap times in the hands of a professional driver.

The design of the RB17 hypercar has been described as “emotive”. It is said to be user-friendly and will not be intimidating to drive. Newey claims it has more space and legroom on the interior than the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

The Red Bull RB17 hypercar will be unveiled this summer, with on-track testing scheduled for 2025.

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