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Arash opens the cage doors for the insane 2,000-hp AF10 hyper-hybrid

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The Arash AF10 hyper-hybrid revealed ahead of its debit in Geneva
The Arash AF10 hyper-hybrid revealed ahead of its debit in Geneva
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Arash previews the hybrid AF10 before its Geneva Motor Show debut
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Arash previews the hybrid AF10 before its Geneva Motor Show debut
The Arash AF10 promises to be one of the wildest hypercars in Geneva
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The Arash AF10 promises to be one of the wildest hypercars in Geneva
Five motors and 2,080 hp
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Five motors and 2,080 hp
Arash plans to offer three versions of the AF10
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Arash plans to offer three versions of the AF10
Arash AF10, bird's eye view
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Arash AF10, bird's eye view
The Arash AF10 racer version comes with lightning bolt graphics
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The Arash AF10 racer version comes with lightning bolt graphics
Arash AF10
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Arash AF10
Arash AF10
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Arash AF10
Arash AF10
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Arash AF10
The hybrid AF10 with racer package starts at £1.2 million
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The hybrid AF10 with racer package starts at £1.2 million
Arash AF10
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Arash AF10
Arash AF10
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Arash AF10
Electric motor layout
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Electric motor layout
The Arash AF10 gets 900 hp from its V8 engine
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The Arash AF10 gets 900 hp from its V8 engine
The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine of the AF10
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The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine of the AF10
A look below the skin of the AF10
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A look below the skin of the AF10
The AF10's 13-piece carbon tub
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The AF10's 13-piece carbon tub
The AF10 features carbon/aluminum body work
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The AF10 features carbon/aluminum body work
The Arash AF10 hyper-hybrid revealed ahead of its debit in Geneva
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The Arash AF10 hyper-hybrid revealed ahead of its debit in Geneva
Arash AF10
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Arash AF10
Arash AF8 Cassini
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Arash AF8 Cassini
The AF8's styling has evolved since we saw it two years ago, but it still has 550 hp, a 1,200-kg weight and a 3.5-second 0-60 mph time
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The AF8's styling has evolved since we saw it two years ago, but it still has 550 hp, a 1,200-kg weight and a 3.5-second 0-60 mph time
Arash AF8 Cassini
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Arash AF8 Cassini

Just days ago, we felt pretty confident that the Bugatti Chiron or production Koenigsegg Regera would be the most crazy-powerful car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. That's now looking very unlikely, as those two will probably come up several hundred horsepower short of the new AF10 from the UK's Arash Motor Company. This wild hybrid hypercar relies on a five-motor "warp drive" to put out 2,080 bhp. If it isn't the most over-the-top, ultra-powerful car in Geneva, we really look forward to seeing what is.

We last heard from Arash two years ago when it showed the AF8. With its derivative styling, mediocre specs and high price tag, it was far from the most intriguing sports car we looked at in 2014, or even March 2014. The new AF10 Hybrid promises to be a much more interesting reveal.

The AF10 name actually predates the AF8 and was Arash's big project after the company, previously Farboud Limited, changed its name in 2006. The original car went through several years of development before making its world debut at MPH The Prestige and Performance Motor Show 2010. It was powered by a 550-hp GM LS7 V8.

Between the name, the looks and the fact that it's still available in 550-hp V8 spec, the 2016 AF10 is more like an evolution than an all-new car launch. The hybrid version is a completely different animal than the V8 car, though, not just a step up, but a couple galaxies away.

Electric motor layout
Electric motor layout

When discussing a 2,000-hp car, there's no option but to start with the the powertrain, and in the case of the AF10, it's a very interesting starting point. Arash calls the powertrain a "warp drive," a nickname that would usually get dismissed as cheesy marketing long before making it to our homepage. It seems rather fitting for this particular hybrid set-up, though.

Things start with a 900-bhp supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine (we assume it's from GM, as in past Arash cars, but the origins are not specified). That engine could power a carbon-tubbed sports car pretty convincingly by itself, but it gets help from four German-designed electric motors. With power from a 32-kWh lithium-ion battery, those four motors provide the additional 1,180 bhp needed to reach the 2,080 bhp (1,551 kW) total. Combined torque slides in at 1,681 lb.ft (2,280 Nm).

Channeling over 2,000 horses to four wheels from five power plants is no small task, so Arash assigns it to a team of five gearboxes. The V8 is hooked to the buyer's choice of six-speed manual or paddle-shift, and each electric motor transmits power through a two-speed gearbox. We look forward to getting more specifics in Geneva about how the individual powertrain elements work together and what driving modes are available.

The Arash AF10 promises to be one of the wildest hypercars in Geneva
The Arash AF10 promises to be one of the wildest hypercars in Geneva

The AF10's "race car for the road"-styled body is made from a CFRP/aluminum honeycomb construction. It's dressed in aerodynamic components, including the large rear wing, active front wing and aerofoils. Below, a 13-piece carbon tub and aluminum front/rear subassemblies provide the structure. The front and rear double-wishbone suspensions rely on active hydraulics to keep performance tight on everything from speed runs to speed bumps.

The AF10 opens up via electro-hydraulic dihedral doors, and the rear engine cover and front trunk lid also have electro-hydraulic hardware. Arash hasn't revealed the interior, but it does say that there's an infotainment system with touch-less satellite navigation. Certain features can be controlled remotely with an Apple Watch or iPhone.

We're not sure how effectively all the carbon fiber and aluminum can offset the weight of five motors and transmissions, and Arash hasn't revealed the curb weight. Performance estimates are solid but not at the world record level you'd expect from a 2,000-hp car: 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) comes in 2.8 seconds, 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in less than 8 seconds, and 0-186 mph (300 km/h) in less than 27 seconds. Passing acceleration from 50 to 75 mph (80 to 121 km/h) takes less than 1.8 seconds, and top speed is just over 200 mph (322 km/h).

The AF10 features carbon/aluminum body work
The AF10 features carbon/aluminum body work

The car has some zip to it, and those lower acceleration numbers are good, but overall, the numbers fall flat for such a powerful car. The 0-186 mph and top speed, in particular, are way behind what less powerful cars from brands like Bugatti, Hennessey and Koenigsegg are doing.

Those shortcomings will undoubtedly give potential buyers pause if and when it comes time to compare the AF10 to other seven-figure supercars. The AF10 starts at £1.1 million (US$1.6 million) for the standard hybrid and £1.2 million ($1.7 million) for the "racer" version with roll cage, fire extinguisher, intercom and racing livery. Those who like the AF10's looks but don't want to pony up for the hybrid powertrain (anyone?) can still opt for the 550-hp V8-powered model for £350,000 ($494,000).

Arash AF8 Cassini
Arash AF8 Cassini

We plan to get a closer look at this hybrid-gone-wild in Geneva, where Arash will also be showing the latest evolution of the AF8, the AF8 Cassini pictured in yellow above.

Source: Arash Motor Company

5 comments
Jugen
Half a million dollars for the model with just the engine!?
Peter Kelly
The figures here don't mean much in isolation. The performance will rely on the power curve as, if all the 'grunt' from the electric motors has run out once the car is up to speed, it might actually be a hindrance to have all the kit on board. Indeed, I suspect that the weight penalty is why the initial acceleration is not world beating. All this shows is that it's not such a 'cakewalk' to create a blisteringly fast car!
pwndecaf
Is there a gov't check for the hybrid?
Bruce Miller
As a simple layperson of meagre means I can hardly imagine the amount of human effort hours must go into manufacturing and paying for this "toy" designed to satisfy a single human's lust to accelerate very fast with a great deal of noise in a straight line. my honest, humble and heartfelt question: how many are built and sold and to whom?
Michael Wilson
"how many are built and sold and to whom?" obviously enough will be sold to justify the planning R&D and manufacturing costs. The better question to ask is what sort of technology has to be developed to make such a toy work and how will we see it distilled down to the masses in a less expensive, less extravagant manner.