SEVEN LITRES, 600kW, JUST FOR THE TRACK: Driver training comes with the package for those well-heeled enough to afford one of only 24 Aston Martin Vulcan race cars. Image: Newspress / Aston Martin
• Geneva reveal for track-only V12
• Tech for extreme track performance
• Tuition, tech support for buyers
GAYDON, England - Introducing the Aston Martin Vulcan – a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date.
Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 600kW+ engine, all-carbon fibre, Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance.
Uniquely for Aston Martin, the new supercar – production run only 24 – will allow buyers to precisely tailor their track-day experience through a graduated scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.
'FOR TRUE SPORTS-CAR LOVERS'
Aston Martin's CEO Andy Palmer said: “The 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 the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track.
“It's a sports car for true sports-car lovers. I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan – and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it – will set a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.”
IMAGE GALLERY: Aston Martin Vulcan track car
The car was styled entirely in-house by the Aston Martin design team led by chief creative officer Marek Reichman using a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars. And it's powered by the most potent version yet of the company’s seven-litre V12 petrol engine.
With its 600kW+ engine developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing this front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience. Using the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio better those of the GTE cars which compete in the International Automobile Federation’s annual World Endurance championship.
Aston has learned from it successful GT racing campaign. The car will have a carbon-fibre monocoque/body constructed by Aston Martin’s long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic, limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon-fibre propeller-shaft and Brembo racing callipers acting on carbon-ceramic racing disc brakes - 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.
Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race-spec rubber through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential-shift gearbox.
Track-derived push-rod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic’s adjustable shock absorbers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock brakes and variable traction control.
The car will comply with all relevant federation race-safety requirements.
Aston Martin’s director of special projects and motorsport, David King, said: “Taking the extensive learning from our various successful racing programmes and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been an exciting and sometimes challenging task.
“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 today.”
Buyers will be offered a place in an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver-training.
Experienced racers, among them Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans-winning Darren Turner, will support owners on their learning journey, offering them the chance to refine their track driving technique and increase their ability through a carefully constructed series of practical and theoretical driver-training events.
Using a number of exciting high-performance Aston Martins, including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 race car, customers will gradually build experience and develop their track technique before beginning their personal journeys into the immense performance potential of their Aston Martin Vulcan.
King added: “We will be running a series of exclusive track-day events from 2016 that will offer buyers the opportunity to explore their driving abilities - and the car’s performance potential - on some of the world’s most famous and glamorous race circuits.”
FULL PERFORMANCE DATA AT LAUNCH
Palmer added: “We've already received strong interest from customers to whom we have spoken about the Vulcan. The cars will blend our traditional Aston Martin values of 'Power, Beauty and Soul' with an unrivalled ownership experience; a unique combination that will guarantee their place in the brand’s rich and charismatic history.”
Performance data, together with further technical details about the ultra-exclusive track-only supercar, will be released closer to its track debut later in 2015.
The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its world debut at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday March 3.
BUILT JUST FOR TRACK DAYS: The seven-litre, V12, Aston Martin Vulcan for seriously rich track fans. Only 24 will be assembled. Image: Aston Martin More images in our Aston Martin image gallery!