Red Bull Advanced Technologies recently announced that for the first time in its racing history, it’s giving car collectors the chance to get behind the wheel of one of just 50 next-gen, F-1 type hypercar masterpieces — for the low, low price of £5 million GBP.
Here in the US of A, that’s roughly $6.1 million. But don’t shake out the couch cushions looking for the down payment just yet. These two-seaters are scheduled for 2025, so you have plenty of time to think of other ways to spend that loot.
In case you were wondering, here’s a glimpse of what else $6M could land you:
- 92 brand-new Tesla Model Ys (MSRP $65,990)
- 162 2022 Ford F Series 5.0L V8 Short Box (MSRP $37,575)
- 208 Toyota Prius XLE Hybrid (MSRP: $29,295)
- 222 2022 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special (MSRP: $27,449)
- 467 Cannondale SystemSix Hi-MOD Dura-Ace Di2 touring bike: (MSRP: $13,050)
Sound comparable? We didn’t think so either, and Red Bull hasn’t even provided the complete specs on its RB17 model.
However, this latest hypercar concept of limited quantity and limitless performance potential will make any gearhead’s heart race faster than its 1,100 horsepower from its V8 hybrid engine.
With makes the RB17 more special to the folks at the energy drink giants is that it will be the first production car built entirely in-house by Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the high-performance engineering department of Red Bull Racing Group, spearheaded by Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Oracle Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
“The RB17 distills everything we know about creating championship-winning Formula One cars into a package that delivers extreme levels of performance in a two-seat track car,” Newey said in a press release. “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.”
How it got its name — RB17 — carries its own significance. The RB stands, obviously, for Red Bull. The number 17 represents the number of seasons Red Bull Racing has been racing in Formula one, which began in 2005. Last year’s RB16b F1 car, driven by Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez, won the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship Title, the first F1 title for Red Bull Racing.
If the 16 was already championship level, you can only imagine what the RB17 has in store. And right now, all you can do is imagine, since production won’t actually start for about another three years.
“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,” CEO of Oracle Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, Christian Horner announced in a press release. “Further, the RB17 marks the first time that a car wearing the Red Bull brand has been available to collectors.”