Aston Martin Reveals Track Day Specialist
Aston Martin says its Vulcan is a track-only supercar and “most intense and exhilarating creation to date”. It is also among its most exclusive, as only 24 will be built for a worldwide market.
Vulcan 7.0-litre V12 Engine
The Vulcan is no warmed-up road car – it is a purpose built track day specialist. Power comes via a 7.0-litre, naturally aspirated, V12 petrol engine that Aston Martin Racing helped develop. The manufacturer says its position in the car is “front/mid” and it produces over 800bhp. The Vulcan's power-to-weight ratio exceeds the GTE cars that compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Its immense power is sent to the rear wheels – that sport race specification Michelin tyres – through a “race-bred”, rear-mounted, 6-speed sequential transmission. The Vulcan is reined-in by Brembo racing callipers and large, carbon ceramic, racing brake discs.
The Vulcan sits on track-derived pushrod suspension that incorporates anti-dive elements. This complements the adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars. The motorist can also change the response of the anti-lock braking system and traction control.
Vulcan styling features look set to be inherited by future road cars. It incorporates a carbon fibre body, vast rear spoiler, wide hips and bulging bonnet. The cabin has a simple, race-inspired, style with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and instrument screen.
Inspired By Racing
Aston Martin Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King, explained: “Taking the extensive learning from our various successful racing programmes and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been exciting and sometimes challenging.” He added: “Our deep and broad motorsport experience - allied to our renowned road car expertise - has allowed us to make the Aston Martin Vulcan the absolutely compelling proposition it is”.
Vulcan customers will be encouraged to take part in “an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver training”. Tuition will come from legendary racing drivers such as Le Mans winner Darren Turner. Participants will earn their stripes in cars such as the V12 Vantage S and One-77 (road cars), and a Vantage GT4 (race).
Mr King added: “We will be running a series of exclusive track day events” 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.”