Red Bull will build its own hypercar that will retail at over $7.3million, with Adrian Newey’s track-only design intended to match Formula 1 performance.
The RB17 – so-named to fill the gap between last year’s title-winning RB16B and the current RB18 – will be designed and manufactured in-house by the four-time constructors’ champions, and have input from current drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Only 50 examples of the car will be produced by Red Bull Applied Technologies (RBAT), starting in 2025, and will be a two-seater track only car.
“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,” team principal and RBAT CEO Christian Horner said. “Further, the RB17 marks the first time that a car wearing the Red Bull brand has been available to collectors.”
The car will be powered by a V8 hybrid engine and will feature “the most advanced ground effect package available in a series production car”, with chief technical officer Adrian Newey central to the program.
“The RB17 distills everything we know about creating championship-winning Formula 1 cars into a package that delivers extreme levels of performance in a two-seat track car,” Newey said. “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.”
Set to be sold at £5m ($6.12m) plus tax, Newey says the RB17 allows him to chase his own personal interests alongside F1, having done something similar with the Aston Martin Valkyrie.