Aston Martin officially announced that it will be stepping up as title sponsor and key technical partner to create ‘Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’ from 2018.
Aston confirmed it is helping launch a new Advanced Performance Centre at the F1 team’s campus in Milton Keynes.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer, said: ‘Title partnership is the next logical step for our Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing. We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula One provides.
‘The power unit discussions are of interest to us but only if the circumstances are right. We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved.’
The new association should harvest results on the racetrack, with Aston Martin possibly entering F1 powertrain development from 2021 after being asked by the FIA to join future powertrain discussions. Aston Martin will also be opening a new technical development centre at Red Bull’s Milton Keynes HQ, housing a second dedicated design centre and engineering staff who will work on future Aston Martin road cars.
Palmer confirmed: “We are studying the 2021 engine. If we get a reasonable regulation that brings down the cost, Aston would like to be involved.”
Aside from providing sponsorship, this extended partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull could yield a fascinating generation of Aston Martin road cars beyond the Valkyrie.
Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing said: “Our Innovation Partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one. Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the Partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018.
“In addition, more than 100 Aston Martin staff will service the new Advanced Performance Centre on our campus here in Milton Keynes and it will allow us to collaborate further with Aston Martin on special, equally innovative, new projects.”