Fast Track with Vulcan
Seemingly straight out of a sci-fi movie, the Aston Martin Vulcan is an awe-inspiring piece of technology. This track-only luxury vehicle was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and has been making waves ever since. The amazing designs can be partly attributed to the new chief executive, Dr. Andy Palmer, and the Daimler deal. Daimler, the German parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, owns a small stake in Aston Martin, and thusly develops engines and electronics for them. Dr Palmer says,
“Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar. 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.”
Aston Martin Racing stepped in to help design the Vulcan’s 7.0 liter, V-12 engine. Naturally-aspirated, this engine can produce over 800 horsepower! Since this speed-machine wasn’t built for street use, the Aston Martin team worked hard to engineer the best track racer in the world. A magnesium torque tube is connected to the engine, as well as a drive-shaft made of carbon fiber. Vulcan uses a push-rod suspension system. The anti-dive geometry was designed specifically for use with Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve adjustable dampers. These features work well with the variable traction control. The driver can also adjust the anti-lock break system for total vehicle control. Mix in an Xtrac six-speed gearbox, and you have a contender for top racer.
This sleek sports car’s monocoque body is composed of carbon fiber and has an extreme, futuristic design. Aside from the front and rear anti-roll bars, the body was designed with luxury and speed in mind. The aerodynamic figure is bold and cutting edge, with indulgent features like the spoiler and large windows. Holding all this glory up are Michelin brand racing tires, built for the wear and tear of the track. Aston Martin added in some Brembo racing calipers with carbon-ceramic discs for superior braking abilities. With all this in mind, the vehicle still meets all FIA safety standards, so race on!
“A sports car for true sports car lovers, I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan – and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it – sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.” – Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO Aston Martin
The Vulcan will truly be an exclusive luxury sports car. Only 24 will be built and sold, with a price range of over $2 million. At that price though, you’ll be able to fully and truly customize your ride. All color and trim options are at the owner’s discretion. New owners will also have the chance to participate in a track driving program. The extensive training program will help owners hone their racing skills. Darren Turner, of Aston Martin Racing, along with other experienced racers, will help refine driver technique. Participants will also be put through a driving course and other training events.
Drooling yet? Scroll for some seriously striking photos to drool some more. Head over to the Aston Martin site for more information about this high-speed dream. You can review the full press release, or check out Mike Duff’s review from Car and Driver. What do you think of the Aston Martin Vulcan? Are you excited by the new design? Ever drive a sports car on a track? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!
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