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Adrian Newey’s ‘passion project’ which began on PlayStation game to be unveiled in months

Red Bull’s much anticipated hypercar project drawn by top designer Adrian Newey will finally be unveiled this summer.

The new RB17 will be revealed on Friday, July 12 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed after months of uncertainty.

Little is known about the new project except that the RB17 will be a two-seat carbon fibre monocoque chassis.

Red Bull has confirmed that a semi-stressed mid-mounted V10 engine and a carbon fibre gearbox will also be in place.

A hybrid engine will generate a stunning 1,100bhp and promises the “most advanced ground effect package available in a series production car”.

Just 50 RB17s will ever be built with production of the first models set to commence in 2025.

Christian Horner, CEO of Oracle Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, said: “We’ve channelled everything we know about racing into making the ultimate performance car and can’t wait for the public to see the result.”

The car is set to be one of the most exclusive in the market and built with the “ultimate on-track driving experience” in mind.

Despite his background in Formula One, Newey has dipped his toes into sportscar production in the past which acted as a springboard for his latest design.

Putting together the RB17 hypercar has previously been described as Newey’s “passion project”.

Previously speaking to Red Bull TV, Newey said: “I guess in some ways the embryo was PlayStation back in 2010 approached me and said would I be interested in designing a no regulation, ultimate performance car

“I thought it was Christmas, the snow wasn’t very good when I was skiing so spent a couple of days when I was snowed in sketching a car which became the PlayStation X1.

“I really enjoyed doing it actually. That was a kind of no rules, fill your boots put everything in it type car.”

Newey and Red Bull then worked on the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar which looks set to make its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2025.

However, after dipping their toe into hypercar production, the team decided the time was right to build their own model.

After winning seven Formula One world championships with Red Bull, the RB17 hypercar will also be Newey’s final project for the group.

In a highly publicised move, Newey will leave Red Bull in early 2025 and has publicly stated he wants time away from design.

However, rumours in the F1 paddock are that a move to a rival squad could still be on the cards with Ferrari possibly in the mix.


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