Where could we start from and what heritage would we choose?
The previous models and the events that Arash Motor Company Ltd. had been involved with were a place to start the design. We had to look through our past to decide our future destiny. The AF8 subtly and by contrast does this with every curve, part and feature of its body.
The front of the car to the back has a story. From the front face of the car, its multi layered spoilers harks back to the company’s beginnings:
The Farboud GT- The Farboud GT is an endurance sports car with beauty as well as strong and distinctive functions like its rear wing. The AF10 has a unique front wing and rear spoiler as well the spaceship style buttress intakes.
The imagination from our designers was endless.
In designing the concept drawings of the AF8, the designers had chosen cues from the past, but have left the future open to imagination, but with hints and suggestions of evolution embedded.
A short overhang front, a jet like forward position for the driver’s cockpit and the large flat rear back ends suggesting that the car is wider than normal which mentally indicates where all the power is coming from. The windscreen wide and shaped at the edges suggesting motorsport. The crease at the top of the roof line suggesting flow and integrity of air over the car. A short overhang rear suggesting speed, readiness to react and pounce, all energy in the rear portion of the car with its strong side view area and large lower intake channels. Curves and clean designs intertwined, a balance of style and discipline.
The side profile has the unmistakeable indication that this is Arash through the S or Z shape. This shape is carried over into the interior door cards of the car, as well as, the front and rear lights. It has become its signature and a suggestion to the future.
The detail continues with large side air ducts that divert and force air into the engine intake system. Induction noise near the driver’s ears - a melody of excitement and energy. The rear engine cover uses an eclectic mix of beautiful meshing, glass shapes and naked lacquered carbon to make a complex, but beautiful shape of encasing the amazing V8 engine and gearbox.
AF8 has one of the largest rear tires Michelin could supply - 345 width on 20 inch wheels - the largest contact patch we have ever made to date. Each wheel is made of forged aluminum, taking 3 days per wheel to machine and then finished in a dual paint system, polished and checked.
Almost every light on the AF8 uses LED technology, the ultimate in efficiency, cool radiance and crystal clear light emission. The rear light clusters are machined from a solid billet of aluminum to the finest detail and finally polished, anodized and lacquered for that deep multi layered look.
Finally at the back of the car is the permanently raised rear wing. All this, (without the added weight of assistance devices) is a true testament to every part considered and innovated beyond its initial idea.
And what does all this lead to? A beautiful design, low drag co efficiency and spectacular down force. A designer’s eye leads to innovation and thus to something timeless and leading to a future legacy.
7.0 liter, 550 bhp and in V8 configuration. These evocative statistics produce an emotional noise through combustion. It has motorsport DNA and low weight of approximately 120kg and has a low position to provide the best prerequisites for exceptional dynamic driving performance on the road as well as race track.
The engine itself has dry sump lubrication, a side mounted oil tank with baffle and anti foam packaging inside. The titanium connecting rods and the suction pumps of the engine have been designed with lightness in mind. The forged crankshaft is designed to be cruciform in construction to allow momentum and inertia to follow through the sweep of the piston movement in the crank thus producing exemplary power and torque figures.
The intake trumpet system is highly specialized to the AF8 making the engine breathe efficiently and strongly. The sound it makes from induction to exhaust is truly special and unique.
6 speed manual aluminum construction with separate oil cooler and pump. Light weight dual clutch plate with single mass machined fly wheel.
Stainless steel and titanium rear box construction. An active bypass valve at 3500 rpm allows for free flow exhaust activity and high level sound emission. The complete exhaust from engine output headers to exhaust tips is coated in a plasma ceramic coating system in black finish. This allows for 33% heat reduction from untreated exhausts as well as faster movement of exhaust gasses from the exhaust tips for increased horse power and an added “thrust” effect to the rear diffuser air flow.
Source: Arash Press