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You can have a road-legal Aston Martin Vulcan
Engineering firm RML set to offer ‘conversion kit’. This is good news
If we had an Aston Martin Vulcan, we’re not entirely sure we’d want to drive it on the road. It’s got to be better on the track, hasn’t it? And as we found out when we drove the thing earlier this year, it’s a fearsome, fearsome thing when given its head around Yas Marina.
But actually come to think of it, a Vulcan on the road? That noise around town? Course we would.
Independently of Aston Martin, motorsport engineering firm RML Ltd. is gearing up to offer a road-legalisation kit for the Vulcan. Gulp. There are only 24 cars in total, and as yet it’s not known how many owners want to have their cars modified.
“The desire for a road-going Vulcan was driven by customers, both ours and Aston Martin’s”, says Michael Mallock of RML. “The plan, as far as possible, is to retain as much of the existing Vulcan as we can, and minimise external changes as much as possible, although this depends to a certain extent on the territories they will be used in and the legislation involved.”
One of the changes RML already knows it will have to make is to fit a headlight cluster into the clamshell bonnet and, in some markets, replace the lollipop rear lights. Shame.
As far as the powertrain goes, the engine won’t be altered – so that’s a full 820bhp on tap – and it will use the same sequential racing gearbox. However, the ratios will be changed to suit road driving, as will the clutch pack to improve driveability.
Narrower front wheels, a raised ride height, front suspension geometry changes and, potentially, a removable splitter and diffuser will all help give it a better turning circle and speed bump clearance. Inside, the seats will make do without the protruding head-support wings. However, the idea is that it’ll be able to be converted back to full track spec when the urge takes you.
The conversions, which RML will do at its headquarters in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, will take between three and four months, and the first completed car is due later this year. How much? Likely into the hundreds of thousands of pounds, although that’s still only a fraction of the £1.8million each owner paid for his car. Chicken feed in the grand scheme of things.
Vulcan owners of TG.com, will you be giving RML a call?