This Is The World’s Only Road-Legal Aston Martin Vulcan

A small British engineering company dubbed RML Group has just created the world’s first street-legal Aston Martin Vulcan.

The firm first announced its road-legal Vulcan plans more than 18 months ago and a couple of days ago, a handful of lucky British journalists were able to jump behind the wheel of the crazy creation.

Unlike the McLaren P1 GTR which is a track-car based around the road-going P1, the Vulcan was designed from the outset with the sole purpose of being limited to track use. Consequently, the modifications RML have made to ensure the Vulcan is road-legal are much more substantial than what Lanzante did with the road-legal P1 GTR.

Up front, we can see that RML has fitted a new bonnet with small headlights and now uses the original headlights in the front bumper as DRLs. Additionally, RML has made numerous other changes to the Vulcan, including the fitment of turn signals on the end plates of the towering carbon fiber rear wing.

Final changes that are apparent in these images are plastic covers over the Vulcan’s famous taillights and a pair of small reflectors on the rear fascia.

Impressively, RML has been able to retain the standard 7.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 delivering an impressive 820 hp.

Aston Martin only produced 24 Vulcans but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a handful of other examples outfitted with the road-legal conversion in the near future.

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  • Six_Tymes

    Its mental, but I love it. Lucky bloke

  • “A small British engineering company dubbed RML Group”

    That’s an understatement of RML Group. They have been known for decades and their CV is impressive, Building and designing Juke-R. Creating BTCC Primera, WTCC Cruze and also designing S7, yep what Steve Saleen wouldn’t want you to know that S7 was designed by RML, since he did not have advance manufacturing facility at that time.

    • TheHake

      Still a small company. It’s like the Ten Kate shop near Zwolle, NL… Small place that has, for YEARS, built the official WSBK bikes for the mighty Honda. Not all superheroes wear capes…

      • Why I mention this because they make it like RML is just an unknown engineering company. And if they want to make it more interesting they can say “A small British engineering company dubbed RML Group who in the past helped Nissan to create the crazy Juke-R” for example

        • TheHake

          I understand and agree!

    • lagunas3ca

      Absolutely right. It was Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer that worked extensively with RML Group during his tenure at Nissan.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I always love these burgandy / rose-gold / wine-colored hues when they are done right. Really pretty.

  • Brilliant.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks better than the actual Vulcan…

    • donald seymour

      Umm no.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Ummmmm yes.

        • donald seymour

          Laugh out Loud. To each their own I guess.

          • Honda NSX-R

            Opinions are like assholes, everyone has them.

    • LWOAP

      Those headlights ruin it IMO.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I actually like them

        • When I first see the CGI rendering last year I can already suspect opinion will get divided but I actually like the headlamps in real life.

      • RDS Alphard

        I’m going to assume it’s made to meet regulation.

        • Yeah since Vulcan only has LED and it’s not high enough for regulations.

      • TheHake

        It does reduce the sinister look (like the Xenomorph without eyes…), but I don’t thing they RUIN the car.

    • enthusia

      i agree!

  • LWOAP

    Converted to road legal specs and most likely will spend it’s entire life locked away in a garage. Oh what cruel irony.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Road legalized so that the owner can take it out to the Cars and Coffee meets and show it off to his mates

      • LWOAP

        I sure hope so. But I don’t expect to see it rack up many miles.

        • Honda NSX-R

          Well it is a Vulcan afterall so it won’t see as many miles regardless of if it’s road legal or not

          • LWOAP

            True. Also, I suggest he watch out for those Mustangs. You know how Mustangs and Cars and Coffee events go.

          • Good thing there aren’t enough Mustang in UK Cars and Coffee.

        • TheHake

          His insurance company gets a heart attack every time he lets them know he’s taking it out of the bunker.

      • jsz00

        I wouldn’t take any car of this prestige near the kids that show up at Cars and Coffee

    • I hope whoever owns that is gentleman driver who will take it on road or showing it in event.

      Note that red badge under the Aston Martin logo at front? That’s Aston Martin Owners Club badge, and they are consists of Enthusiast and had their own race gathering (AMOC Intermarque Championship… Man I wish I can go and see one someday)

  • Bash

    Pretty Cool.

  • Snapped breaking the law

    Nothing road-legal in the UK about driving on the public roads with no fixed front number plate displayed. The kind of thing that also invalidates the insurance of your lovely Vulcan…

    • Richard Meaden did reply in twitter that the car currently is on trade plates and that they deliberately took the front plate off for photoshoot, but it has front plate.

  • Hockeyman

    I’ll take ‘one and only’ road-legal Ferrari FXX Evoluzione..

  • Infinite1

    Great car, the burgundy color just doesn’t do it justice in the first picture but then I saw another picture of the side profile where light hits it in different angles and it looks good. The iconic Tungsten or Quantum silver colors would be awesome on this car

  • lagunas3ca

    This is old news. And the conversion cannot be available to all, especially to US owners, due to vehicle registration laws. Andy Palmer said, “When we went to market, there was hesitation from a few prospective owners because it didn’t have a road pack. We didn’t want to make it road legal from the start, because [special projects boss] David King and his team wouldn’t have been able to make such a stunning car in the first place, but RML said they had the ability to do it.”

    • Yes but at that time not a lot of people know about it, and they just showing it to the public now. I was fortunate enough to be shown the CAD of the car last year. At first I was hesitate about the headlamps but looking it now they looks good on the car.

      And you know the funny thing is? I was literally just talk about this car to someone yesterday and suddenly the news broke up, what a weird coincidence.

  • alexxx

    This is brutal….

  • Fabián Montiel

    The headlights ruin the design.

  • Vanishing Boy

    Any car that you can drive on the street is far better than not driving it at all! This Vulcan is far better than the original ‘track only’ car!

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