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Aston’s £1.8m, 800bhp Vulcan has landed
Be afraid. This is the most extreme Aston Martin in the history of Aston Martin. It is called the Vulcan, and it is a carbon-fibre racing toy that you should very much take seriously.
The Vulcan was born, says Aston, out of the company’s motorsport endeavours, and is a limited production, track-only supercar built for ‘extreme performance’.
It will therefore require an engine fit for the task - none other than a 7.0-litre, naturally aspirated version of Aston’s V12, here producing upwards of 800bhp.
That monster engine was developed by Aston Martin Racing, mounted in a front-mid configuration, and is matched up to a rear, mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox sending power to, of course, the rear wheels.
There are no performance figures available to hand just yet, but it’ll be fast. The car is constructed entirely from carbon fibre - including a modified carbon tub from the One-77 - and thus will be light, stiff, and pointy. There’s a full FIA roll cage, and we’re told the power-to-weight ratio “exceeds those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship”. Yikes.
Not only is it absurdly low - at just 1186mm tall - it’ll come with a limited slip differential, a magnesium torque tube with a carbon fibre propeller shaft, and Brembo calipers on ceramic discs measuring 380mm up front, and 360mm on the rear. These are nestled inside 19in wheels shod in very wide rubber.
There’s also pushrod suspension, adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock brakes and variable traction control. With more than 800 horsepowers on board, we suspect this last little gadget will become your bestest friend in the world.
Inside, you’ll see it’s suitably focused, with a full TFT screen ahead of a racing steering wheel, an angled dashboard with associated switchgear, and, um, not much else.
If you do buy one - Aston quotes £1.5m plus taxes - you’ll also get the opportunity to do some track work in a V12 Vantage S, One-77 and Vantage GT4 to give you some experience, with TG’s good friend Darren Turner offering up support. You’ll even get the option of Turner’s simulator, too, after which you’ll be set loose in your Vulcan.
We’re told just 24 Vulcans will be built, “to reflect [Aston’s] long association with 24-hour endurance racing”, and crucially, there’s one final nugget of interest. The Vulcan carries a design language “hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars”.
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