The Aston Martin-Red Bull concept hypercar AM-RB 001 will make its first appearance in North America — and global auto show debut — at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto next month.
The unique and groundbreaking AM-RB 001, introduced in July at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, England, is an unprecedented fusion of form and function the likes of which has never before been seen in a road-legal vehicle. It will be accompanied to Toronto by Dr. Andy Palmer, the President and CEO of Aston Martin, who will be speaking at the Opening of Manufacturers’ Media Preview Day and the Automotive News Canada Congress, in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, both happening on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
“It is a special treat for Canadian car enthusiasts to be the first in North America to get an in-person look at this breathtaking Aston Martin-Red Bull concept hypercar,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the Canadian International AutoShow. “It is extra special to have a global automotive leader of the stature of Dr. Palmer on hand to share the story of the car and his vision for Aston Martin.”
With almost 40 years in the industry, Dr. Palmer is an auto executive who loves to race Aston Martins, drive his classic 1980 V8 Vantage and engage his passion for motorcycles on Britain’s country lanes. Prior to joining Aston Martin in October 2014, Dr. Palmer was one of the most senior executives at Nissan Motor Company, acting as Chief Planning Officer, where he rose through the ranks in a 23-year career, holding several senior executive positions. With Aston Martin, Dr. Palmer is implementing the “Second Century” plan to drive aggressive growth for the British auto manufacturer. The plan will replace and expand the company’s entire product line and will introduce a new car or derivative every nine months until 2020.
Codenamed AM-RB 001, the hypercar boasts a lightweight carbon fibre frame and radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce. At its heart is a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight. The suspension system features innovative technology and employs principles honed by Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, over his 30-year career.
Production of the AM-RB 001 will be strictly limited to only 150 cars, including prototypes and track-only versions. First deliveries will commence in 2019. The AM-RB 001 hypercar will represent the pinnacle of performance for Aston Martin.
The AM-RB001 will be found at the Toronto Star stage on the 300 Level of the North Building at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during the public days of the AutoShow. Aston Martin Toronto and Aston Martin Uptown Toronto, part of the Grand Touring Automobiles Group of Companies, will also be showcasing the Aston Martin DB11 at the Canadian International AutoShow. The DB11 is renowned as the most powerful, efficient and dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history.
The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 17th and 26th. Please visit autoshow.ca for more information. Follow us on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow, Like us on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @autoshowcanada with the hashtags #AutoShowOhCanada and #CIAS2017. Interested media can register for the AutoShow at autoshow.ca/media-registration.
About the Canadian International AutoShow
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. Boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles, the 2017 AutoShow is helping celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing Canadian collectors in each feature of the show. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.autoshow.ca.
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DR ANDY PALMER, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.
Dr Andy Palmer, CMG, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin. He joined the business on October 1 2014.
Palmer is a British-born chartered engineer, chartered manager and businessman with 37 years of automotive industry experience. He is an indentured apprentice and graduated from Warwick University with a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Product Engineering in 1990, and acquired a Doctorate (PhD) in Management from Cranfield University in 2004. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2010, Coventry University awarded Palmer an Honorary Doctorate of Technology and in 2014 he was appointed Professor, advising the university in the automotive field. Palmer is also an Industrial Professor at Warwick University (2015), a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute CCMI (2015) and the first winner of the Cranfield University “The Distinguished Manufacturing Alumnus/a of the Year Award” (2016).
Prior to joining Aston Martin, Palmer held the post of Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Co and was a member of the Nissan Executive Committee. He held a number of senior positions with the Japanese car manufacturer over the course of a 23-year career with the firm. These roles included corporate planning, product planning, marketing, sales & IT leadership and Chairman of Infiniti from 2011.
Palmer started his professional career in 1979 aged 16, as an apprentice at Automotive Products Limited (UK). After six years with Austin Rover, he joined Nissan.
In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list Palmer was named a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in recognition of services to the British automotive industry.
Born in June 1963 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Palmer is married and has four children.
After completion of his first 150 days as Chief Operating Officer of Aston Martin, Palmer announced the company’s six year ‘Second Century’ plan. A comprehensive strategy for the transformation and growth of Aston Martin, the plan laid out a series of mid-term actions, particularly in the area of new product development that will drive the growth of the company. The plan will see the entire range of current models replaced and expanded with the introduction of a new car every nine months through 2020. The first car to be launched from the ‘Second Century’ plan, the DB11, was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show.
In addition to the new product plan, Palmer has secured new investment for the company, announced a second manufacturing facility at St Athan in Wales to build a new SUV and created a breakthrough partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies that will co-create the AM-RB001 hypercar.
Palmer has been selected as one of the 37 ambassadors for the GREAT Britain campaign appointed by 10 Downing Street (2016). His career is also a case study for the Governments Apprenticeship Delivery Board (ADB), show casing career progression from an apprenticeship (2016).
In his spare time, Palmer loves to race Aston Martins, and drive / ride his classic 1980 Vantage V8 or BMW K1600 motorbike.