Arash AF10-12

An updated version of the Arash AF10 and the new AF8 Cassini will be making their way to the Geneva motor show. Starting off with a short history of the British company – it started out as Farboud Limited in 1999 by founder Arash Farboud. It was later given a name change in 2006 to Arash Motor Company.

Now, the carmaker has released details of the updated Arash AF10, which was first revealed in 2008. The hypercar sports a supercharged 6.2 litre V8 engine and four electric motors – called the ‘warp drive system.’ Each warp drive unit (electric motor) has its own gearbox – a two-speed tranny for the electric motors and a six-speed manual transmission (or automatic with paddle shifters) for the petrol engine.

Underpinning the Arash AF10 is a carbon-reinforced tub made out of 13 pieces. The body itself however, is made out of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) with aluminium honeycomb construction. External attributes include an active front high-speed wing fixed, front and side aerofoils and an active rear wing, with a lower fixed wing.

Power-wise, the 6.2 litre engine produces 900 hp and 1,200 Nm. As for the electric motors, it’s powered by a 32-kWh lithium ion battery. Altogether, they churn out a total of 1,180 hp and 1,080 Nm of torque. It’s the combined figures produced by the engine and electric motors, that make the updated AF10 a staggering car – 2,080 hp and 2,280 Nm of torque.

From 0-100 km/h, the AF10 does it in less than three seconds and has a top speed of 323 km/h. In “Race” mode, the battery is automatically recharged via the electric motors, which act as generators.

The hypercar gets a set of 19-inch rims for the front and a 20-inch pair in the rear, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres. Suspension-wise, there’s a front and rear axle double wishbone that features a hydraulic lift system. The system will give the AF10 an added lift of 15 cm to avoid scratches over speed bumps.

Also present at Geneva, will be the new AF8 Cassini. It has a GM-sourced 7.0 litre V8 engine (previously in the AF10) with 560 hp and 645 Nm of torque and is paired with a six-speed manual. The Cassini goes from 0-96 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 315 km/h. Other notable features of the AF8 includes its carbon-fibre body which weighs just 1,200 kg (dry weight).

The AF10 starts from £350,000 (RM2.1 million) for the non-hybrid variant, while the AF10 Hybrid goes for £1,100,000 (RM6.6 million) and the Hybrid Racer (with racing livery) is priced at £1,200,000 (RM7.2 million). The AF8 Cassini is a little more “affordable,” available at a cost of £168,000 (RM1.08 million).

GALLERY: Arash AF10, Hybrid and Hybrid Racer

GALLERY: Arash AF8 Cassini