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All-new, track only Aston Martin Vulcan


LAST night - after teasing us with short videos over the past few weeks – Aston Martin unveiled its all-new, track only, Vulcan. This beast is said to produce over 590kW of power from a V12 engine. Forget the stir; this thing is definitely going to shake things up; can’t resist a James Bond reference.

The Vulcan will be made in limited numbers, well, 24 units to be exact, and if you must ask about the price… well, it’s 1.8 million Pounds, so expect most of them to be sold to keen collectors in the Middle East. Don’t feel bad because you can’t buy one, look at it as a direction that the company is moving in; it’s a sign of things to come for future, more affordable models.

The Vulcan is comprised of cutting-edge engineering including that sourced from the brand's successful GT racing campaign; the car features a carbon fibre monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin's long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner, Multimatic. The Vulcan also includes an integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers, acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes, which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.

Drive is channelled to the 345/30x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox.

Track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic's Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV), adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking and variable traction control. What’s more is that this Vulcan will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements.

The V12 engine is mid mounted up front (between the cockpit and front axle). This 7.0-litre, naturally aspirated motor was taken from the super exclusive One-77. The Aston Martin power doctors have managed to squeeze about 590kW out of it. The Vulcan will also feature a six-speed sequential gearbox. Acceleration and top speed figures are being kept quiet for now, but we’re pretty certain… this will be very fast!

The Vulcan is said to preview Aston Martin’s future design language for other models. Sure, they might need to tweak the design here and there to keep everyone happy, but something that could flow down into other models is the carbon fibre monocoque chassis.

We will bring you more details on the Vulcan as Aston Martin releases them. Follow us on Twitter, @Autodealersa and “like” our page on Facebook.

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