Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has described the company’s first ever hypercar as “Newey unleashed”, with it set to be unveiled to the world in the latter stages of 2024.
Alongside obliterating the competition in Formula 1, Red Bull and chief technical officer Adrian Newey have been working on a monster of a car which is set to produce 1250 hp from a V8 engine.
The car is being created for specifically for track days at actual race circuits, although Horner has hinted that there is a way of making the hypercar road legal, if they make changes to its closed-roof.
Whilst it’s set to be launched at the end of this year, it won’t be delivered to those wealthy enough to have purchased it until 2025.
Red Bull Advanced Technologies will build 50 of them, with the car being named the RB17.
The Milton Keynes-based squad never used the RB17 name in F1 as they skipped it due to changes to the regulations.
Whilst 50 units are going to be built, the plan is for only 15 to be produced per year – all have already been bought.
Horner revealed that Newey has wanted to build a hypercar with Red Bull since 2014, something he was sort of able to do during their partnership with Aston Martin, with the Valkyrie having been born.
The Red Bull boss has stressed that the company building a hypercar isn’t a distraction from F1 but is instead the “perfect project” to utilise their skills.
“Adrian wanted to do a car [for us] back in 2014, and at that point in time, we found a route through that by doing all the design work for the Valkyrie in partnership with Aston Martin,” Horner told Autocar.
“Valkyrie is a stunning vehicle and I’m sure it will be a great success, but you’re always learning, whether in Formula 1 or on the advanced technologies side.
“[RBAT] has now existed for close to eight years and there’s an awful lot of knowledge that has been built up in that time. With the budget cap era [in F1], if you want to retain resources there have to be projects that can justify their existence. This is a perfect project utilising the skill sets that we have, so it will complement our Formula 1 activities rather than distract from them.”