ASTON MARTIN VULCAN For Sale
The British are coming! And they’re bringing their most aggressive supercar yet – the Aston Martin Vulcan for sale. In 2015 it was heralded as “the most intense and exhilarating creation to date” to come from the English car brand, and it’s no surprise. Named after the Roman god of fire and metalworking, the car is a god in its own right, especially on the track.
This beast produces a mammoth 800-plus bhp, thanks to a lightweight carbon fiber body propelled by the most powerful 7.0-liter V12 engine Aston Martin has ever produced. Collaboratively designed with the race team, the hypercar draws on AM's extensive history with GT Motorsports, giving drivers a truly unique and unmatched experience.
With a limited production of just 24 models worldwide, each owner can tailor his or her track experience with a graduating scale that adjusts the car’s power and dynamic performance. The lucky 24 will also be invited to participate in an extensive track training program provided, headlined by instructors like Le Mans winner, Darren Turner.
CEO Dr. Andy Palmer said this new generation “sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.” We’d have to agree.
Even though our favorite Vulcan is no longer with us, Aston Martin has bestowed their latest supercar with this most logical name. If you missed out on the One-77, don’t wait too long on this; only 24 are set to be built. It’s the “most potent iteration yet” of the company’s naturally aspirated V12, which was developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing. Increasing the bore and stroke to the limits of the block, it now displaces 7.0-liters. This front-mid engine sports car produces over 811 horsepower, with rear wheel drive that draws heavy inspiration from their GT program.
The hypercar also makes heavy use of carbon-based materials throughout its construction. A carbon fiber monocoque keeps weight down, while Brembo racing calipers on carbon ceramic racing disk brakes ensure it can safely slow down from its extreme speeds. The six-speed sequential shift gearbox gets its roots from racing as well, as evident from its rear mid-mounted position.
“Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar,” CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer, stated in the press release that introduced the car. “Designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track.”
Customers will have the chance to learn how to handle the power of an Aston Martin by working with quite a few of the marque’s high-performance models, including the V12 Vantage S, One-77 and Vantage GT4 race car. Of course, since there are no road-legal versions of the Vulcan being created, practicing in a race car is the best way to prepare for owning one.
The performance-minded wizards at Aston Martin Racing have developed a comprehensive upgrade package for all 24 Vulcans, called the Vulcan AMR Pro. If you missed the 24 Hours of LeMans, AMR dominated the GTE class for a first-place finish. Taking some of the magic of the Vantage GTE and applying it to the track only Vulcan, the first issue to be addressed was the transmission for the AMR Pro version. Shorter gear ratios will keep the big V12 in its power band. Trading a little top speed for acceleration is always a fun experience.
Aerodynamics were the most obvious change. The nose has dive planes that will make a Viper ACR stop and take notice. A lower front splitter and vents in the fenders will keep the front end sucked to the track. Outback is a double-decker spoiler that could seat a dinner party. Gurney flaps on each end help the total package to deliver a whopping 2,950 lb-ft of downforce. For comparison, the LeMans winning Vantage GTE makes only 2,289. Not only does the Vulcan AMR Pro have more grip, it is better balanced. The center of pressure is closer to the center of the car, which will make for confidence in the corners.
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