Aston Martin isn’t known for its track-only, special edition cars. Rather, its been quite good at the opposite – hard-charging grand tourers for a twisty backroad. That just changed.
This is the Vulcan. It’s Aston Martin’s all-new 800-plus-horsepower track monster. It’s a traditional Aston Martin in no sense of the word, and 24 lucky people will be able to call one their own. Then again, that joy might quickly flip to terror once they behind the wheel.
Peel back the layers of carbon fiber and underneath lies the Vulcan’s raucous naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V12, an evolution of the company’s venerable 12-cylinder, which chucks out more than 800 ponies and generates a power-to-weight ratio better than that of World Endurance Championship GTE race cars. Not shabby.
Power is funneled to the rear wheels through a magnesium torque tube and carbon fiber prop shaft, and is effectively put to the ground through a trick limited-slip differential. Thankfully, there’s enough stop for all that go. Sticky Brembo brakes teeter on the end of the heady Aston’s pushrod suspension.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely to be about as sky-high as its performance, and for that assumedly big number you also gain entrance into Aston Martin’s extensive driver training program for 2016.
Aston racer and Le Mans winner Darren Turner will tutor the 24 lucky drivers in a fleet of Astons – from the V12 Vantage S to the One-77 – before venturing up into the track-only Vulcan.
Stay tuned for more updates.
The Aston Martin Vulcan will debut in the flesh at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show on March 3.