British firm Arash is building a new 1200bhp V8 supercar to outgun the Bugatti Veyron, Autocar can reveal.
The car will be based on the forthcoming AF-10, and both will share the same carbonfibre chassis built by EPM Technology, the firm responsible for the Force India F1 car chassis.
While the AF-10 will get a 550bhp Corvette engine the unit in the new car, which is yet to be named, will be a bespoke 7.2-litre V8 with twin superchargers, titanium conrods and forged pistons.
Arash Farboud told Autocar that power will be around 1200bhp and torque will be between a mighty 900 to 1000lb ft, all channelled through the same six-speed sequential gearbox as found in the Zonda F, with paddle shifts behind the wheel.
“The engine is a bit of a bruiser,” said Farboud, “it doesn’t have to be too sophisticated, as long as we can keep it cool and as we have got more power than anyone else then I’m happy.”
Stopping power comes from carbon ceramic discs from AP Racing. Unlike the Noble M600, the car will have ABS and traction control systems.
The carbonfibre chassis takes 100 people 30 days to build and the carbonfibre panels will be made in the same factory.
The final shape has not yet been signed off but it will look different to the AF-10, with a Veyron-style pop-up air brake and active aerodynamics.
“This will be like a two-seater F1 car with a radio,” added Farboud, “it is the most extreme car I can make.”
While the 550bhp AF-10 is expected to hit 220mph, the 1200bhp version is pencilled in for a top speed of at least 250mph.
Production is scheduled to follow the AF-10, which will be built, from next year.