Aston and Brough Superior craft a collector's bike

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Words: NZ Autocar
25 Jun 2020

Aston Martin and Brough Superior are involved in the development of a high-end motorcycle dubbed AMB 001, of which just 100 are to be built.

It has progressed to the stage that the team is now track-testing the prototype at Circuit Pau-Arnos in the southwest of France.

Designed and engineered for the race track, the AMB 001 is on schedule for first deliveries by the end of this year.

Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said: “Everybody involved has managed to make tremendous progress with the development of AMB 001, despite the challenges we have all been facing.

"This special motorcycle is, like our road cars, the result of beautiful design melding with modern technology to produce a bike that any collector will be proud of.

"We are delighted to see how much progress has been made, both on and off track and look forward to the moment when production starts for this stunning machine.”

The test team is on track to validate the chassis geometry, the ergonomics and the overall dynamics of the bike. Brough Superior’s test rider provides feedback on all areas of performance, from the overall feel of the machine to details regarding cornering agility, braking, acceleration and stability.

Mecano ID is part of the project, applying specialist carbon fibre skills to the AMB 001’s development.

While the focus of the track work is chassis development, performance is also being assessed. The AMB 001 utilises a 997 turbocharged V-twin engine with an output of 180hp (134kW). It is a fully load-bearing chassis component. The turbo is a variable geometry unit, with low inertia to minimise turbo lag. Turbocharging is rare in the motorcycle industry, certainly in the mainstream, with only Kawasaki using forced induction at present.

Extensive use is made of aluminium, carbon fibre and titanium to keep weight to a minimum. Race brakes are fitted, while up front is a double wishbone Fior fork that is said to better separate steering and braking functions. The seat is finished in handcrafted leather.

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