The Aston Martin Vulcan

It has been called totally intense, bold, and stunningly aggressive by the press, automotive journalists and industry media. At a selling price of $2.3 million, and a production run of only 24 cars, of which three have made it to the U.S., the Aston Martin “Vulcan” certainly fits into a very select market. This track-only “supercar” car made its public introduction on the 25th of February, 2015 at the Geneva Auto Show. Designed by in-house Aston Martin stylist Marek Reichman, the Vulcan is the lightest car ever produced by Aston Martin, weighing 2,976 lbs. Power comes from the company’s potent, naturally aspirated 7.0 liter (427 cu. in.) V12 engine. The power plant produces a robust 800+ horse power. The enormous torque produced is transferred to the rear wheels by way of an XTRAC, 6-speed sequential manual transmission connected to a Multimatic limited-slip differential. Performance numbers rack-up like this: 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 224 mph.—at these speeds it would certainly make the adrenaline flow. Jeremy Clarkson, journalist and writer, who specializes in motoring, drove the Vulcan at the Eboladrome test track in England while taping the first episode of “World Tour”, a TV Show which airs on Amazon Prime.  His impression behind the wheel was that it made him feel like he was locked in a room with a bear who was thinking of attacking him

On the outside, the Vulcan has an all carbon fiber composite body featuring LED headlights, scissor-type upward opening doors at a fixed 12 degrees, ventilated hood, a rear diffuser (to suck the rear end down), and a brutally massive aft wing which produces  an incredible amount of down force. The chassis is of an aluminum alloy. The car has a race-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry and is integrated by Multimatics Dynamic Suspension Speed Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and dual adjustable anti-roll bars (front and rear), as well as driver controlled brake bias and traction control. The massive brakes are BREMBO racing calipers featuring ceramic discs which measure 15 in. diameter in the front and 14.2 in. in the rear. The exhaust system is made from Inconel and titanium to save weight.

 

The Interior features a black theme constructed of mostly carbon fiber. The Alcantra covered Recaro bucket seats have been designed with pro racing in mind. The interior, with roll cage, Formula 1 three sided steering wheel, and all digital instrument display, screams “supercar”. The digital instrument panel has all the essential information: speed, rpm, oil pressure, lap times, fuel consumption, and live tire temperature/pressures. The black carbon fiber steering wheel was designed and produced as a collaboration between Aston Martin and bf1 systems. It features key functions which are arranged in a logical manner. Included are a red starter button, neutral switch, pit lane speed limiter, wiper speed control, ABS system control, lights, info screen selector, intercom button, plus a traction control switch. There are shift paddles attached to the back of the steering wheel so that they turn with the wheel and are always at the driver’s fingertips. The car also is equipped with an air jack system and air conditioning.

 

To my knowledge, only one of the 2.3 million dollar “Vulcans” is now fully legal to drive on the road in the U.K. This was accomplished by Motor Sports and High Performance Engineering Co. (RML group) in Wellingborough Northamptonshire, U.K. The list of necessary modifications to make the car street legal were, as you can imagine, quite costly and an engineering challenge. Here in the U.S., it is much more difficult to make a road-legal car if it didn’t begin that way. To sum up the “Lightning Fast” Vulcan, you could imagine it would be like sitting in a rocket that was intoxicated with speed, sound and fury.                

 

 

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