British-built supercar will feature a Corvette Z06 V8 good for 530hp (395kW)Enlarge Photo
We first heard about the Arash AF10 nearly two years ago when an early prototype was rolled out at the 2006 London Motor Show. Since then the company behind the original prototype has undergone several management reshuffles and spin-offs, but it has now confirmed the final design for its inaugural supercar, which is expected to enter limited production next year.
The AF10, which to some may look like the ugly sibling of the Ferrari Enzo, is designed to be an affordable supercar. Expected to be priced at around £170,000 (approximately $289,798), Arash is hoping it will steal sales away from other small-scale supercar manufacturers, such as Koenigsegg and Pagani, as well as undercut the mainstream competition such as Lamborghini and Ferrari.
Most of the AF10's body is made of carbon fiber, including its chassis, which ensures that the British-built supercar will weigh no more than 1,200 kilograms. This means that it will undercut the Ferrari Enzo by approximately 160 kilograms and the relatively chunky Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren by almost 500 kilograms.
As reported previously, residing under the clear engine cover will be specially tuned 530-horsepower 7.0-liter Corvette Z06 V-8 driven through a six-speed manual Graziano gearbox. For those less inclined to swap their own cogs, Arash is expected to release a sequential gearbox at some point.
There is also the possibility that the AF10 could utilize the supercharged V-8 from the Corvette ZR1 in the future, which would push the horsepower figures closer to 640 horsepower and project the AF10 truly into supercar territory. If Arash’s plans are successful, the latest supercar manufacturer on the block could also add a cheaper model called the AF8, which would essentially be a less powerful version of the AF10.