The AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior hits the track (VIDEO)

AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior begins dynamic testing

Limited to just 100 units and carrying a price tag of more than $170,000 the AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior has begun track testing.

The AMB 001 is only for track use, costs more than $170,000 and is limited to just 100 units, this thing is the ultimate in exclusive motorcycles. And Aston Martin has just released footage of its testing at Pau-Arnos in France.

Beyond the price tag, the bike is of note because it runs a turbocharged engine which is unique in the world of production motorcycles. 

AMB 001 by Aston Martin and Brough Superior begins dynamic testing

While the focus of track testing is aimed at the chassis, engine bench testing takes place at the same time to streamline the development process. Making use of Aston Martin testing methodology a Brough Superior test rider feeds back on all areas of performance, from the dynamic feel of the bike to details regarding cornering, braking, acceleration and more.

Commenting on the ongoing success of the development programme, Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette said: “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”.

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 AMB 001 is expected to begin production later this year before going on-sale before the end of the year.

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