At Pau-Arnos in France, the AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior began its comprehensive testing program. Designed and engineered for the race track, the $120,000 motorcycle is limited to just 100 examples and is on schedule for first deliveries at the end of this year. Dressed in the traditional Aston Martin Camo livery, the test mule completed its first test at Pau-Arnos.
Prototype testing is one of the most important parts of the development process with a test motorcycle allowing the team to approve the chassis geometry, the ergonomics, and dynamism. Brough Superior’s test rider feeds back on all areas of performance, from the overall dynamic feel of the bike to details regarding cornering, braking, acceleration, and the like.
One of the key design features of the AMB 001 is an aluminium fin that runs along the full length of a carbon fibre tank, passing under the saddle and out onto the rear. The body holding the fin and supporting the saddle is one of the areas where we called on the unique knowledge of Mecano ID, who joined the project to apply specialist aerospace-quality carbon fibre skills to the exclusive AMB 001. – Thierry Henriette, Brough Superior CEO
Although the focus of the track testing is aimed at the chassis, engine bench testing also takes place. The AMB 001 is equipped with a turbocharged engine with an output of 180 hp, which is unique in the motorcycle industry for a serial production bike. The turbo package includes an intercooler. This impressive radiator features striking oversized/wide intake manifold and gives the V-twin a supercar engine appearance.
Once the testing process is complete the AMB 001 will go into production this fall at the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France. Only 100 examples will be made, with an MRSP of 108,000 EUR (around $120,000) including 20% VAT.
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