The Aston Martin Vulcan is the British-based carmaker’s track-legal hypercar that will compete with the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR.
It showcases Aston Martin’s design and engineering capabilities and the Vulcan was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015. The production of the vehicle is limited to 24 units and all of them are sold, each carrying a price-tag of at least US $2.3 million.
The engine of the Vulcan is derived from Aston Martin’s GT3 car and has been built in conjuction with Aston Martin Racing. It is a 7.0-litre, naturally aspirated V12 motor that is capable of producing in excess of 800 hp (600 kW). The engine of the Vulcan is located behind the front axle. This improves the weight distribution and handling. The engine will also sport a 3-position adjustable power output. This means that the drivers will be able to unleash the true potential of the car as and when their track skills reach the optimum level.
The engine is matted to a 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle-shifters and the power is transmitted to the rear wheels of the car. The company claims that the gearbox has been tuned is such a manner that at speeds exceeding 320 km/h, the Vulcan can accelerate faster than Aston Martin’s GT3 cars. Not to forget, the gearbox only weighs 70 kg. In fact, the curb weight of the Vulcan is just 1350 kg, giving the car a stunning power-to-weight ratio. The front and rear anti-roll bars are adjustable, while the suspension of the Vulcan has been heavily altered by Aston.
The car is meant for the tracks and just like Ferrari’s XX program, Aston Martin will provide the Vulcan owners the chance to take their toys to the circuit, thanks to a three-year owners’ program. The first track day will be held at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, while events have also been planned for the Silverstone (UK), Spa (Belgium) and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi). Customers will also be offered a training session on a race simulator at Darren Turner’s facility.
(Source: GT Spirit)