It’s called the Vulcan and pays homage to a jet powered delta wing strategic bomber that once called Aston Martin’s headquarters its home. And rightly so as according to the press release Aston Martin dropped today (Feb. 24, 2015) a week ahead of the Geneva Auto show, the U.K. based sports car company took the wraps off its 800 HP track-only supercar. Powered by Aston Martin’s exclusive 7.0 liter V12 racecar derived engine, the naturally aspirated screamer according to Aston Martin promises, “truly extreme performance.” If you want to buy one, consider them all sold out as there will only be 24 units built. According to Aston Martin, “this is the luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date.”
It starts with the design. Under the direction of industrial designer Marek Reichman, the design language draws heavily from Aston Martin’s rich racing history. Up front, the long sweeping hood covers the monstrous V12. Two functional hood scoops channel air into the V12’s intakes. Below the front bumper, a splitter juts out, drawing air underneath. The Vulcan’s chiseled side profile draws attention to its concave shaped doors. Almost like a jet fuselage, the fenders hide the massive center-lock rims but drastically cut away almost like giant side exhaust vents. The roof profile is barely a sliver it’s so low. Out back it’s all in the business of orchestrating the massive amounts of air that the Vulcan will cut through. The Vulcan’s rear wing shouts, “I’m capable of 200 MPH and beyond.” The rear diffuser almost takes up half of what you see out back. Rear visibility is non-exsistent. You probably won’t be spending much time looking behind you anyway.
The body’s monocoque is entirely made from carbon fiber. There’s a magnesium torque tube integrated with a carbon fiber propeller shaft underneath. To help out weight distribution, the six-speed sequential gearbox is at the rear.The 19 inch wheels are shod with exclusive 345/30 series Michelin race tires. The Vulcan has a giant foot print. Even the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 or Lamborghini Veneno doesn’t have that wide a tire.
Aston Martin won’t just give you free reign over your Vulcan if you’re lucky enough to snag one. They’ve prepared an intensive driving instruction program with one of their factory Le Mans drivers as your teacher. You’ll get to play with other iconic Aston’s in increasing technicality including the V12 Vantage S, One-77 road cars and Vantage GT4 race car. In the age of supercars turned hypercars, the Aston Martin Vulcan certainly makes a strong impression for this exclusive club. The Vulcan represents what feature Aston-Martin’s will become. Now let’s see if they’ll hand an example out to auto-journalists who are probably itching to compare it to the offerings from Porsche, McLaren and Lamborghini. Aston Martin labeled its press release as, “On track for glory” and on paper it certainly makes its mark.