If you head over to Red Bull Racing’s career page right now, you’d see a section labeled “AM-RB 001 Engineers,” and if you clicked on that, you’d be brought to a page where Red Bull is looking for engineers with experience in hybrid powertrains—not that we should be expecting anything else.
Formula One started using hybrid systems in 2009. Since then, the current hypercars of our time—the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918, the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Koenigsegg Regera—have implemented hybrid powertrains as well. If the AM-RB 001 wants to keep up with the big dogs, there really isn’t any other option except to go hybrid.
In fact, at this point, I would be more surprised if the AM-RB 001 wasn’t a hybrid. It’s true that the car’s engineers wanted to keep a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. But that means if your weight goes up, so does your power.
Aston Martin said it would have a naturally aspirated V-12. They never said that was it.