Newey: Red Bull RB17 hypercar in a reasonable state of advancement

Newey: Red Bull RB17 hypercar in a reasonable state of advancement

Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, shed some light on the the RB17 hypercar he is working on, revealing it is in a reasonable state of advancement.

Back in 2022, Red Bull announced a new hypercar project, called the RB17, a project which is being handled by their Advanced Technologies branch with Newey leading the design process.

The RB17 will be powered by a V8 Hybrid engine producing over 1,100bhp with production being limited to 50 cars with prices starting at £5-Million.

The name RB17 was supposed to be given to Red Bull’s 2021 Formula 1 car (RB16 was for the 2020 car), but instead Max Verstappen raced a car called the RB16B to his maiden Title that year.

Newey explained why on the Talking Bulls podcast, he said: “What caused it [not using RB17 for 2021 F1 car] was Covid, effectively.

“The RB16 was the car we raced in 2020. That was then going to be replaced by RB17 for the 2021 season, but with Covid getting in the way, the regulations changed,” he added, referring to the shift of the current aero regulations’ starting point from 2021 to 2022.

“We had to race the 2020 car in modified form for 2021, so RB17 as an F1 car was never ever built, because then when we did the ’22 car that was christened RB18, so 17 was always a missing number,” the Briton said.

“Also, in terms of when I did the first sketch or drawing [for the RB17] and then when the guys in Advanced Technologies took that and started doing their work, chronologically it fitted perfectly, so it just seemed logical – it felt right to fill in that gap,” he explained.

As for the development curve of the RB17, Newey gave an update, he revealed: “Obviously the first real stage will be when people see photographs of the model. We’ve made a full-scale model, which we’re not releasing just yet, we will do at some point in the summer.

“But the specification is now fixed, we’ve done all our evaluation work, so we’re now actually issuing drawings, parts are in manufacture, parts are being rig tested, so it’s in a reasonable state of advancement,” he declared.

Asked to compare an f1 project to a hypercar project, Newey said: “In many ways the design philosophy is very similar, the approach in terms of how we do our research, design, manufacture, development, the process is the same, it’s just applied differently.”