Exotic auto manufacturer Arash has introduced their latest supercar, the AF8. Arash is best known for its super-low production runs of supercars, such as the 2003 GTS, with three examples built, and the AF10 from 2010, with only one produced and was never sold to the public.

This British brand has its eyes on a bigger share of the market with the announcement of the new AF8. Designed to compete against the McLaren 12C and the Ferrari 458 Italia, the AF8 features a 7 liter 505 horsepower engine, a six speed manual transmission, and an aluminum and carbon fiber body on a steel and carbon fiber chassis. With a weight of only 1200 kg the AF8 will be expected to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers in 3.5 seconds with an estimated top speed of 320 km/h.

The AF8 has been the focus of a great deal of attention in the wind tunnel to ensure the best aerodynamic profile. The flat undercarriage is designed to provide a clear path for the vehicle to minimize turbulence and wind resistance to enable the car to reach its maximum straight-line top speed.

The engine is the 427 cubic inch LS7 V8 from Chevrolet, previously found in the Z06 Corvette, with each engine assembled by hand. According to the Corvette Museum the L7 is the largest displacement and most powerful small-block V8 ever produced, cranking out 505 horsepower at 6200 rpm with 475 lb. ft. of torque available at 4800 rpm. This classic Chevy V8’s specs include a forged steel crankshaft, titanium connecting rods, and cast aluminum flat top pistons.

The AF8 will roll on a double wishbone suspension and rack and pinion steering, with Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires on forged aluminum wheels measuring 19 inches in the front and 20 inches rear. The braking duties will be handled by ventilated steel discs with four piston calipers in the rear, and six piston calipers in front.

The features list reads like an aftermarket mods enthusiast’s dream, with the hood, the spoiler, the grille, the bumpers, and even the interior featuring high-strength and lightweight carbon fibre throughout. But this high tech supercar doesn’t skip on the comforts that you’d expect in a $275,000 car, with leather trim, a touch screen entertainment system, an electronic navigation system, and air conditioning making for a more comfortable experience. More automotive parts that you’d normally find on a custom auto parts wish list include Bi Xenon headlights and LED tail lights.

Arash has not announced when production will begin, waiting to gauge the reaction to the vehicle at the Geneva event. When production begins Arash is expecting this to be their first car with an extended run, and they are hoping to build 36 units of the model. The cars in this first run are to be designated the “First Edition” and will all be painted a special yellow paint and feature titanium brake calipers, plus feature a special carbon fiber rear wing and engine cover.

Photo credit: Arash Motor Company Ltd.