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Red Bull X1 supercar (2010): the full technical spec

Thu, 28 Oct 2010

If god is in the detail, then this is surely quite heavenly: the full tech spec of the Red Bull X1. The X1 is the hypercar designed with the help of the Red Bull F1 team - and will star in the highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 Playstation 3 game.

The Red Bull X1 is exclusively revealed in the November 2010 issue of CAR, out now. Adrian Newey, designer of Red Bull's extremely fast but unreliable RB6, designed the X1 in conjunction with Kazanori Yamauchi, the brains behind the Gran Turismo computer games.

The game's creators today revealed the full technical specification of the Red Bull X1: it has a twin-turbo V6 developing 1483bhp and 527lb ft of torque.

It's low and angry, too: just 98cm high, but 4750mm long 2180mm wide. The designers say the X1 weighs just 545kg. That's powerful and light enough to pound round the Suzuka track 20 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel's record, set only this year.

Newey was allowed to go completely mad with the X1 - helped by the fact that it's just a virtual creation, rather than a real road car. 

The X1's 1483bhp destroys the RB6's 770bhp, although it revs lower to 15,000rpm to the F1 car's 18,000rpm. The 3.0-litre V6 engine has twin-turbos, which power The X1 to a theoretical top speed of 249mph, rather then the 200mph the F1 car musters, dependant on gearing.

One of Gordon Murray's most infamous innovations was the Brabham fan, first shown in 1978. The massive fan at the rear of the car created immense downforce, although was officially used for cooling purposes. It was quickly banned. The X1 has a similar system.

Buy an HD TV, Playstation 3 and a copy of Gran Turismo 5, and you'll save a small fortune over an F1 car. You can drive the X1 - virtually of course - from 5 November, in glorious 3D for those with very expensive televisions. 

Power: 1483bhp
Torque: 527lb ft
Top speed: 249mph
Weight: 545kg dry, 615kg gross
Height: 980mm
Length: 4750mm
Width: 2180mm
Wheelbase: 2900mm
Engine: 3.0-litre V6 with direct injection



By Ben List