New 200mph Arash AF8 supercar unveiled

New Arash AF8 supercar revealed

British manufacturer Arash launches new 550bhp AF8 supercar; claimed 0-60mph of 3.5sec and set to cost £165,000

British manufacturer Arash has unveiled its new mid-engined AF8 supercar, which is set to rival cars like the Noble M600.

Official performance figures have yet to be confirmed, but the £165,000 Arash is reputed to be capable of 200mph and 0-60mph in 3.5sec.

Power comes from a dry-sumped 7.0-litre LS7 Chevrolet V8. In standard form the V8 produces 505bhp and 470lb ft, but the Arash features upgrades including a carbonfibre intake system and a high-performance exhaust system, resulting in outputs of 550bhp and 472lb ft.

A six-speed manual transmission, with an independent oil cooler for added reliability, sends drive to the rear wheels. Stopping power is provided by six-piston calipers acting on 380mm floating ventilated steel discs at the front, and four-piston callipers and 362mm floating ventilated discs at the rear.

Underpinning the Arash AF8 is a tubular steel chassis that features ‘hybrid’ carbonfibre reinforced and aluminium honeycomb structures for the passenger compartment panelling. A kerb weight of just 1200kg is quoted, 195kg lighter than the £208,000 Ferrari 458 Speciale.

High tensile steel side impact tubes and a roll cage serve to improve the chassis’ durability and safety, while kevlar and carbonfibre-reinforced plastics are used in strategic points to provide extra strength.

The AF8 uses a conventional suspension system, with double wishbones all round and oil-filled dampers, and a power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering set-up, the column of which benefits from adjustable rake and reach.

Arash has constructed the exterior panel work from carbonfibre, and a range of ten solid finishes and some metallic finishes will be offered. The company can paint the body in clear coat, leaving the carbonfibre naked, or wrap the car in a specific design.

Aerodynamics have not been overlooked either, with the AF8 having a flat underfloor, an exhaust-driven rear diffuser and front and rear spoilers.

The use of lightweight materials carries through to the interior, which is finished primarily in carbonfibre. It benefits from upmarket-looking details like a leather and carbonfibre-finished steering wheel, and many buyers will no doubt also appreciate the fitment of a conventional mechanical handbrake.

Equipment includes five-way traction control, touchscreen sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity, a heated front windscreen, Bi-Xenon headlights and LED rear lights.

Only 36 ‘First Edition’ cars will be built, costing £165,000, all of which will be finished in the yellow colour pictured. These First Edition cars will feature titanium-coloured brake callipers, a carbonfibre rear wing and a carbonfibre engine cover.

Previous models from Arash include the Farboud GT and the 220mph-capable AF10.

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