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Arash AF-10 (2008) supercar: exclusive photos

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0700

By Ben Pulman

First Official Pictures

31 October 2008 14:02

These are the latest pictures of the Arash AF-10 supercar. Our exclusive images are Arash Farboud's own visual renderings created from the actual data fed to the machines that cut the body panels for the AF-10. And guess what? They're spookily similar to CAR's artist's renderings from September 2008.

Pretty much. These new pictures show that only the rear has changed slightly, becoming flatter and a little bit more curvaceous.

But everything else remains the same, with gullwing doors and wide sills, bulbous pods covering the wheels and the heavily sculpted bonnet. The only detail expected to change for production will be an increase in the diameter of the alloy wheels, which will grow to fill out the arches better.

The first AF-10 chassis is currently being finished, the first car should be completed around Christmas 2008 and testing should begin in earnest in early 2009. The chassis is the pièce de résistance, bonded together from 12 separate pieces – this makes construction much quicker and cheaper than before, says Farboud.

The other good news is that GM has officially announced the ZR1’s supercharged 6.2-litre V8 will be available as a complete crate engine from autumn 2009. Provided the General doesn’t go under in the meantime, GM Performance Parts will supply the LS9 engine fully dressed, with only an external oil tank, a coolant tank (for the charge cooler) and an ECU needed to be supplied by Farboud.

That will give the maximum AF-10 a tidy 638bhp and 604lb ft. Farboud will also sell an AF-10 with the standard Corvette’s LS3 engine, tweaked to 530bhp and propelling a mere 1200kg of car.

Sales of the lower-powered car will start in summer 2009, with prices set around £170,000. The more powerful LS9 car will follow 12 months later.

 


By Ben Pulman