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Aston Martin Takes to the Track with New Vulcan

Fire-breathing racer expected to make 800 hp.

by on Feb.27, 2015

Aston Martin's new Vulcan supercar puts out 800 horsepower and will cost about $2.3 million.

In Roman mythology, Vulcan was the god of armor and fire, his forge sending flames out from Mount Aetna. In the hands of British automaker Aston Martin, Vulcan is still shooting flames – but in this case, out of its side-exit exhaust pipes.

The Aston Martin Vulcan is the name the maker has given to its new limited-edition, track-only supercar. Making a promised 800 horsepower, it’s the sort of four-wheeled rocket superspy James Bond might relish. But even he might have a hard time getting one, as Aston plans to build just 24 of them.

Power!

This is about as extreme a machine as Aston has ever developed, perhaps other than the One-77 ultracar of a few years back, “a sports car for true sports car lovers,” says CEO Andy Palmer, who promises Vulcan “sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.”

Perhaps, but it’s in for a fair amount of competition. The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. So will a number of other track-bound models, and others designed for dual track and street use. That list includes the Mercedes-AMG GT3, and the Porsche Cayman GT4 – with Porsche hinting of a second track model to debut next week.

Aston Martin will produce only 24 of its all-new Vulcan track-only supercars.

The new Aston maintains the dramatic lines of the British marque’s street models – designed entirely in-house under the helm of Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman – with some obvious tweaks to improve track performance. That includes the massive rear wing that delivers significant, pavement hugging downforce.

The Vulcan gets an ultra-light carbon fiber body wrapped around a CF monocoque developed in partnership with Canada’s Multimatic. That’s the same supplier that will be putting together the reborn Ford GT, incidentally.

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Power will come from an Aston V-12 bored out from the street stock 5.9 liters to 7.0 liters. Numbers floating around suggest it will hit the 800 horsepower mark on track. It’s paired with a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The 24 buyers will be offered an “extensive” training program, working their way up through the Aston line until they are fully capable of handling the Vulcan’s fire.

The suspension is a pushrod design, with dampers that can be adjusted for individual track needs. The Vulcan also gets wide, track-ready 19-inch wheels and Michelin tires that barely conceal the carbon ceramic Brembo brakes.

(Click Here for a look at the custom-built DB 10 Aston produced for James Bond.)

The Vulcan was heavily influenced by Aston’s existing race programs, according to Director of Special Projects and Motorsport David King, who added that, “Taking the extensive learning…and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been an exciting and sometimes challenging task for the team here at Gaydon.”

Aston plans to ask 1.5 million British pounds for the Vulcan, or $2.33 million at current exchange rates. But the price tag includes more than just the car itself.

(To see Mercedes’ new track-ready AMG GT3, Click Here.)

The 24 buyers will be offered an “extensive” training program, working their way up through the Aston line until they are fully capable of handling the Vulcan’s fire.

At that point, said King, “We will be running a series of exclusive track day events commencing in 2016 that will offer the opportunity for these customers to explore their driving capabilities, and the car’s performance potential, on some of the world’s most famous and glamorous race circuits.”

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2 Responses to “Aston Martin Takes to the Track with New Vulcan”

  1. Jorge says:

    Nice car for those of means who enjoy track driving. Aston has done pretty well in recent years with GT racing in the U.S. This niche cars can definitely provide good cash flow revenue to auto makers as they have hefty margins most of the time.

  2. uncle_vito says:

    Wish they would show decent photos of the car. Everything is so dark.

    Hate that.