DYNAMIC testing of the AMB 001, the limited edition track bike designed and built by Aston Martin and Brough Superior, has begun, with the bike turning laps at Pau-Arnos in France recently.
Its track time marks the commencement of a comprehensive testing programme for the bike which has been designed and engineered for the race track, and is strictly limited to just 100 examples.
Adorned in the traditional Aston Martin Camo livery, the AMB 001 test mule completed its first test at Pau-Arnos.
“Everybody involved has managed to make tremendous progress with the development of AMB 001, despite the challenges we have all been facing,” Aston Martin executive VP and chief creative officer Marek Reichman said.
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,” he added.
“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.”
Prototype testing is one of the most vital parts of the development process with a test motorcycle allowing the team to validate the chassis geometry, the ergonomics and dynamic behaviour.
In the same way that Aston Martin’s vehicle dynamics engineers can ‘read’ a car, 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.
Commenting on the ongoing success of the development programme, Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette highlighted the importance of a number of significant design features that make the bike unique.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
While the focus of the track testing is directed at the chassis, engine bench testing takes place in parallel to streamline the development process.
The AMB 001 boasts a turbo-charged engine with an output of 180hp (135kW), which is unique in the motorcycle industry for a serial production bike.
The turbo package includes an inter-cooler; with the imposing radiator with its striking oversized/wide intake manifold, gives the V-twin a supercar engine appearance.
Once this testing process is complete, the AMB 001 will go into production at the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France. Only 100 examples will be made, with first deliveries expected before the end of 2020.
It’s priced at 108,000.00 EUR, which is around $177,000 Australian dollars.