This spectacular creation is the AMB 001, an exclusive track-only motorcycle born from a new partnership between Aston Martin and legendary British motorcycle manufacturer, Brough Superior. Revealed at EICMA, the Milan Motorcycle Show, in November last year, the machine represents the ultimate blend of exquisite design and state-of-the-art engineering, to create a masterpiece for motorcycle connoisseurs.
Taking inspiration from the marque’s new series of mid-engined cars, such as the ground-breaking Aston Martin Valkyrie, the Aston Martin design team followed clear principles where design and engineering had to work hand-in-hand. The result is a high-performance motorcycle that is incredibly lightweight (at 180kg), highly aerodynamic and hugely desirable.
Incorporating unique technical features including a double wishbone front fork and carbon fibre body, the AMB 001 is powered by an uprated, turbo-charged version of Brough’s own DOHC 997cc V-twin motor. As well as producing an impressive 180hp, the motor is also a fully load-bearing part of the chassis. As you’d expect, the bike has been designed using only the very best processes and finest materials available, including 3D-printed components. Just
100 examples will be built and hand-assembled in the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France, with a price
tag of €108,000.
Aston Martin Lagonda’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman says: “This is what we believe a cutting-edge motorcycle should be and we are very proud to see the Aston Martin wings on a motorcycle for the first time. The finished product is a truly beautiful machine; a design and engineering work of art.”
Finished in the Aston Martin Racing colours of Stirling Green and Lime Essence, the AMB 001 boasts a sculptural quality designed to provide a level of elegance not normally found on sports bikes. This is cleverly accented by a carbon fibre fin — the design of which is derived from the side strake on Aston Martin cars — that runs along the full length of the bike. Furthermore, aerodynamic wings attached to the front cowl take their direction from the distinctive S-Curve design feature on the front of an Aston Martin.
Albert Castaigne, Executive Director, Brough Superior Motorcycles SAS comments: “Aston Martin and Brough Superior are both high-legacy brands, dealing with beautiful design, sportiness and distinction, and are an ideal match for this kind of project. We were introduced to Aston Martin by a mutual partner and the idea of a co-branded partnership to make a motorcycle quickly came to mind. The fact that Marek Reichman is a motorcycle enthusiast only helped to accelerate the bike’s creation.
“The collaboration has pleased both brands and it has been fascinating to witness the combination of cutting-edge design and traditional craft techniques brought to the project from the Aston Martin team.”
This June saw the first running prototype of the AMB 001 take to the test track. The development team was based at the Pau-Arnos circuit in southwestern France, where the camouflaged test mule ran the 3km circuit to refine and calibrate the most crucial elements of any motorcycle design, the chassis geometry, ergonomics and dynamic behaviour. As a track-only machine, the AMB 001’s ‘feel’ is an essential component of its character. Key design features and materials, like the aluminium fin and carbon fibre tank, make an enormous contribution to the balance and riding experience of the motorbike. The 180 hp turbo-charged engine that will power the AMB 001 has also been undergoing bench testing; with its wide intake radiator manifold it looks and sounds like no other serial production bike. Just 100 examples of the AMB 001 will be built at the Brough Superior factory in Toulouse, France.
AMB 001, 108,000.00 EUR including 20% VAT. For further information please visit: astonmartin.com/en-gb/our-world/partnerships/brough-superior; broughsuperiormotorcycles.com