It’s a good time to be a fan of extreme track racers these days, as after the LaFerrari FXX K and McLaren’s P1 GTR, Aston Martin is jumping on the bandwagon with their new Vulcan.
This cutting-edge hypercar from Aston Martin was made for track use only with production to be limited to 24 examples worldwide at an as of yet undisclosed price – the kind you cannot afford if you have to ask…
Built around the carbon fiber tub of the One-77 with which it shares the same 2,791mm wheelbase, the motorsport-inspired Vulcan is powered by the most potent version yet of the firm’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-liter V12 petrol engine mounted front-midship delivering more than 800hp.
A rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox transfers power to the rear wheels, while other technical details include an integral limited-slip differential and a magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft.
The Vulcan has a track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry, complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control. Stopping power comes from Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes measuring 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.
Aston said that the hypercar will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements.
Because this isn’t your usual sports car, the British firm plans to offer Vulcan owners the opportunity participate in a “detailed program of intensive track driver training” with the help of a number of experienced racers, including Aston Martin Racing’s own Le Mans-winning Darren Turner.
“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,” said the brand’s Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King.
We’ll get to see the new Vulcan in the flesh at the Geneva Motor Show next week.