British supercar startup reveals long-awaited Ferrari 458 Italia fighter.
Arash Farbound has been trying to create a supercar brand for years now, and with the reveal of the Arash AF8 it looks like his time has finally come. Back in 2002, the British startup – then known as Farboud – rolled out the GT followed by its first production car dubbed the GTS. Just three of these were built before the rights to the design were sold to Farbio. Having rebranded as Arash in 2006, the carmaker began work on the AF10 that launched in 2010. Only one of these exists, residing in Arash's production facility near London.
The Arash AF8 is the firm's latest creation. Positioned as a Ferrari 458 and McLaren 12C fighter, the AF8 comes powered by a mid-mounted 7.0-liter V8, rated at 550 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual. That gives it a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a 200 mph top speed. An impressively low curb weight of 1,200 kg is achieved by using a mix of aluminum, carbon fiber and high-strength steel in the chassis build, and constructing the entire body from carbon fiber. Forged aluminum wheels are staggered 19/20 inches front/rear housing ventilated steel brake discs and fitted to a double-wishbone suspension.
An interior befitting a modern supercar includes leather and carbon-fiber trim, a touchscreen infotainment system, a/c and a heated windscreen. Each AF8 will also feature a metal plaque engraved with the car's chassis number. After gauging interest at Geneva and elsewhere, Arash will announce pricing and availability of the AF8.