The AMB 001 motorcycle by Aston Martin and Brough Superior, featuring a carbon fiber tank, fin, body panels, and more, is undergoing dynamic prototype testing at a racetrack in France.
The AMB 001 is a lightweight and powerful sports motorcycle concept with a structural carbon fiber body. All of the components have been specially designed using the best processes and materials available, including carbon fiber and titanium. The motorcycle is currently undergoing testing at the Pau-Arnos racetrack in France.
The AMB 001’s chassis is built with a structural carbon fiber rear subframe and machined titanium supports, providing needed stiffness without adding significant weight. The design of the carbon fiber fin, based on the side strike on Aston Martin cars, runs along the side of the carbon fiber tank, then passes under the saddle to create a flowing form. The body panels on the bike are all manufactured from carbon fiber, minimizing the weight and adding strength.
Featuring a powerful turbo-charged output of 134 kW (180 hp), the AMB 001 weighs only 180 kilos (dry weight) thanks to the lightweight design elements.
Commenting on the design of the motorcycle, Brough Superior CEO Thierry Henriette 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 fiber skills to the exclusive AMB 001.”
Aston Martin executive vice president and chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, commented, “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.”
Once the testing process is complete, production will begin on the AMB 001 at the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France with only 100 motorcycles being manufactured at a cost of 108,000 euros each.