There are quite a few low volume car manufacturers out there building one of a kind vehicles that only the most knowledgeable moto enthusiasts would know about. And a lot of times they make some incredibly wild claims about what their cars will do. The British boutique supercar builder known as the Arash Motor Company has a prototype that’s been in the works for a few years now called the AF10 Hybrid, and if they can figure out how to back up the claims that go along with it, we could be looking at one of the most impressive hypercars on the market.
The AF10 definitely has the looks of a top level hypercar which means it’s part way there to becoming the car it claims to be. But as we all know, looks aren’t even close to being the most important thing when it comes to creating a car with next level performance. It’s the specs that will draw the attention of the automotive industry in its entirety and the manufacturer claimed specs on the AF10 Hybrid are more than capable of that, assuming they can live up to them.
Speaking of specs, let’s get straight down to business. The AF10 Hybrid uses a total of 5 motors, 4 electric that produce approximately 295hp each totaling 1180hp and a 1 6.2L V8 gas engine that produces 900hp thanks to a supercharger. That’s a total of 2,080hp which should be more than enough to destroy just about anything on the road. However, even with significantly more power than almost anything else on the market right now, the claimed acceleration specs really aren’t that impressive. Now I must clarify that a 2.8 second 0-60 and the top speed of 201mph is nothing to scoff at, but you would think a car with over 2,000hp would be able to destroy one with say 1,500hp like the Bugatti Chiron. Yet the Chiron can lay down 0-60 times of 2.5 seconds and let’s just say a top speed of 260mph because we have yet to see an official top speed yet.
Now there could be a million reasons why the AF10 Hybrid isn’t as fast as you think it would be. Some experts say it the fact that too much is going on. Not only are there 5 motors, but also five transmissions since each of the electric motors have a two-speed transmission built in, and the gas engine, of course, has a standard 6 speed. It’s also possible that the AF10 Hybrid has too much power on tap and the car simply cannot get traction when it needs to. I firmly believe there are very few circumstances when too much power is even possible, and I’m not about to start thinking a hypercar is one of those circumstances. Especially not with the next level of hypercars coming right around the corner.
The reason the AF10 Hybrid hasn’t seen more attention in the press since its release at last years Geneva Auto Show is the fact that most of the automotive world seems to feel the same way I do. When you see a car with 2,080hp, more than double that of a McLaren P1 GTR, you expect to see double the performance of a P1 GTR. Well, that’s not the case here. As a matter of fact, based on the numbers alone, a P1 GTR would run circles around the AF10 in every possible way.
Nonetheless, according to the Arash website, you can order the AF10 in three different configurations. There’s the standard AF10 which has a 550hp V8 and 6-speed manual that’ll set you back roughly $450,000, the AF10 Hybrid which we spoke of above that’ll put a $1.4 million dollar dent in your wallet. Or if you want a race car you can cough up an additional hundred thousand and get the AF10 Hybrid Racer. That’s a lot of money for a car, and there are some very wealthy people willing to pay it. But in my opinion, the AF10 and AF10 Hybrid are cars built for someone that already has a massive collection of cars and is just looking for something a bit more unique, a bit rarer and unknown. But hey, at least it looks the part.