Stop what everything you are doing right now and sit down. Aston Martin is very serious this time and they have not taken this lightly. As a result, what we have here is the carbon-fibre induced racing machine called the ‘Vulcan’, Aston’s fastest car ever.
The Vulcan is a limited production track scorching supercar build from the efforts of Aston Martin’s motorsport endeavors. Simply put, it is astronomically powerful and is capable of throwing flames. Constructed entirely of carbon fibre, the monocoque chassis bears its origins to the other Aston legend the One-77 and as a result is stiff, extremely light and a lot more focused. The Vulcan is also your tutor at Aerodynamics 101 with a height of just 1186 mm, extra long hood, sweeping lines and accentuated wheel arches that give away the racing heritage of the British giant. The exaggerated front and rear wings and diffuser on the other hand speaks about the atrocious power that needs to be handled on the track.
Complimenting the smoldering looks on the Vulcan, Aston Martin has employed a 7.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that is said to produce north of 800 BHP of power. The front-mid configured monstrous unit is paired to a 6-speed Xtrac sequential transmission that ensure all the 800+ horses are sent to the rear wheels. In addition, the supercar comes with a limited slip differential, carbon-fibre propeller shaft and rides on wide 19-inch alloy wheels with race spec rubber.
The Vulcan also comes equipped with adjustable dampers, a full FIA roll cage, front and rear anti-roll bars, 380 mm at the front and 360 mm at the rear ceramic disc brakes, ABS and variable traction control. It also gets a suspension kit featuring anti-dive mechanism. With the kind of power involved, you’ll be thankful for all that tech wizardry on offer. The folks at Aston say that the power-to-weight ratio beats that of GTE cars that compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The interior too is completely stripped down to a bare minimum to keep the weight measures happy. You do get a racing steering wheel, digital display screen, bucket seats and an angled dashboard with the associated switchgear. That’s about it. If you do end up saving enough to bring this beast to your garage, the Vulcan will cost a mind boggling 1.5 million Pounds excluding taxes in the UK. But wait, that’s not it.
Only 24 Vulcans will ever be built to echo the long association of Aston Martin with 24 hours endurance racing. The One-77 suddenly seems mass produced in comparison. You do however get the opportunity to access some other Aston beauties which is certainly a freebie thrown in to make the deal sound more convincing. Nonetheless, the Vulcan holds an important place in the company’s future and will be dictating the design language on Aston’s next generation of sports cars. Not to intimidate you or something, but the British automaker will be teaching the owners how to drive the Vulcan. Because anything that shoots flames needs special training.