It’s confirmed. Aston Martin will be Red Bull Racing’s title partner from the 2018 season, and the team will be officially called Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

This is an upgrade from Gaydon’s role as “innovation partner” to RBR for the past 18 months. In that time, the F1 team has carried the iconic wings badge on the nose and sidepods of the RB12 and RB13 cars, and worked together with Aston Martin to create the Valkyrie hypercar.

The deepening ties between the two companies is far more than a branding exercise, we are told. There will be a new Advanced Performance Centre at RBR’s Milton Keynes home, and the new facility will house 110 Aston Martin design and engineering staff who will be working with their Red Bull Advanced Technologies counterparts to create the Valkyrie’s successors.

“Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Aston Martin Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing from 2018,” said team boss Christian Horner.

Aston Martin president and CEO, Andy Palmer, added: “Title partnership is the next logical step for our Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing. We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula 1 provides.

“The power unit discussions (in Formula 1) are of interest to us, but only if the circumstances are right. We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved,” the ex-Nissan man said.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the first in a line of new products to be born of this partnership. It will make its first run in 2018 before being delivered to customers in 2019.

GALLERY: Aston Martin Valkyrie