No, not a humanoid alien race from Star Trek, nor a Roman god of fire. Aston Martin’s Vulcan came face-to-face with the Avro Vulcan, a Cold War-Era long-range delta-wing bomber, which saw service with the British Royal Air Force from the mid ‘50s until its retirement in 1984.
The end result of that paternal reunion was an admittedly brief teaser trailer, seen below. The real takeaway are the breathtaking images that accompanied the trailer. Heavens above, what a car…and what a plane.
The reunion comes as a somewhat somber one unfortunately, as this Avro Vulcan—number XH558 and the last airworthy example—is set to be retired from flight indefinitely after two final outings on October 10th and 11th over the British skies. In 2007, the bomber was reconditioned for flight thanks to donations totaling over £6 million ($9 million at today’s rates), however the owners of the plane say no amount of money can keep it airborne forever.
After its final flights, it is scheduled to be retired to the Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Center at Robin Hood Airport, in Doncaster, United Kingdom. A final resting place for that quartet of screaming Rolls-Royce Olympus turbojet engines.
Conversely, the new Aston Martin Vulcan is at the beginning of its lifecycle, albeit a short one. Aston Martin says the first Vulcans will be delivered to customers in the closing months of 2015. Only 24 will be built and each requires $2.3 million in exchange for its 800-plus horsepowers.