Adrian Newey’s new design project comes to light with Red Bull’s creative juices flowing: PlanetF1

Adrian Newey’s new design project comes to light with Red Bull’s creative juices flowing: PlanetF1

Red Bull’s Adrian Newey is involved in the design of a submarine, revealing the project was the wish of the late Red Bull Racing founder Dietrich Mateschitz.

Newey is considered one of the greatest designers Formula 1 has ever seen, having designed title-winning cars for Williams, McLaren and Red Bull.

The latest creation he has overseen, the Red Bull RB19, has taken an astonishing 19 of the 20 Grand Prix victories on offer in F1 2023.

Adrian Newey works on the submarine project

Red Bull Racing was rocked last year by the news of the death of their founder, Dietrich Mateschitz, but Newey is continuing with the submarine project commissioned by Mateschitz, which he wanted to cruise around his private island and beyond.

“It’s a huge shame that he won’t be able to see the project completed,” Newey told The Telegraph. “I’m actually a bit nervous about that! Even before the recent well-publicized incident with the submarine Titanic.

“But we are doing it right in partnership with submarine experts. We are not targeting the deep sea… Dietrich’s brief was that he wanted one that was easy to navigate around his (private) island and could be launched from different locations.

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But while Newey puts his efforts into designing the submarine, climbing into it may only be as far as his involvement will go beyond that point.

“This is the acid test, isn’t it!” He said with a smile when asked if he would enter. “I’ll put it in…”

Newey’s focus has shifted in recent years across the Red Bull spectrum, rather than focusing solely on their Formula 1 machinery.

He recently worked in collaboration with Aston Martin to create the Valkyrie sports car – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner joked that Newey almost bankrupted Aston Martin in the process – and now he has a new project, besides a submarine, to get involved with.

Newey is set to design the Red Bull RB17, a two-seater supercar, which is scheduled to begin production in 2025.

And with all due respect to Aston Martin, Newey is looking forward to a “second crack” at this world of performance cars, independent of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

“I remember when I was at McLaren, Gordon Murray was working with Mercedes on the SLR, which he also found a very frustrating project, as he was working with one of the manufacturers,” Newey said.

“You can’t criticize Aston Martin for one moment, but the way the OEMs research, design, test and build… and how we follow the same procedure… is completely different. So the opportunity now to make a second car, a two-seater focused project, It’s a chance to get a second chance.

Meanwhile, on the Formula 1 front, Red Bull has long focused on its 2024 F1 rival, the RB20, which has incredibly high ambition after the successes of the RB19.

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