Aston Martin Vulcan: Crazy, Simple, Powerful, fun.

Aston Martin knows how to make elegantly beautiful cars. But with the Vulcan, Aston martin has shown that it can make a racecar just as beautiful as their road cars. While not being as elegant and sleek as other cars the Vulcan has been made to look distinctively Aston martin with a lot of racing capability.

The Vulcan represents a new segment for Aston Martin joining the likes of Ferrari and McLaren with their track-only cars. There are so many new applications made to the Vulcan which has created a new segment for newer Aston Martins.

Name

Aston Martin named the car after the Avro Vulcan bomber jet which was operated by the Royal Air Force from 1956-1984. This description fits the powerful, fiery nature of the Aston Martin Vulcan. But the name also refers to the Roman god of fire and forge often depicted as a blacksmith with a hammer.

Engine

The front mid-mounted engine is a lovely sight to behold as it has a carbon fiber cover and intake cover. It is a mighty 7.0 liter naturally aspirated V12 making 830hp and 575 lb-ft of torque (780Nm). It is by far one of the best engine notes made by any naturally aspirated engine. 

Drivetrain

For being a thoroughbred race car the Vulcan has been fitted with a 6-speed sequential transmission. With so much power on tap, there are 3 power levels available that could be selected via a knob. The first makes just 500hp, 2nd makes 675hp, and the final releases all 830 fire-breathing horses. All of this power is sent to the rear wheels.

Interior

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The interior looks like a very well beautiful well put together race car. The interior is a complete mix of carbon fiber, Alcantara, and leather padding for the seats and doors. The steering is a half-cut racing-inspired steering wheel. Vehicle controls are on the steering wheel, powertrain controls on the right-hand side, and a center control full of switches. The race seat holds the driver and passenger in pace along with racing harnesses. The tub is also made entirely out of carbon fiber.  

Exterior

The exterior is crazy with a lot of elements to take but with that distinct Aston Martin design. Its entire body is made out of carbon fiber bringing the car’s weight to 1350kg (2875 lbs). The front is a large grill that serves to cool the engine as well as send air over the car. The front hood is a single huge clamshell that opens forward. Headlights are also integrated into the hood and look very mean when they’re lit. Down the sides seems smooth except for the huge side-exit exhausts that can’t be missed especially when shooting flames under full load. At the rear sits a very huge fixed double-decker wing that cannot be missed even from the front. Taillights are also quite exotic and when lit looks like individual candle lights.

Aerodynamics

The open-air scoop in front, huge rear wing out back, and massive diffuser all contribute to make the Vulcan a downforce monster. It generates 324 kg of downforce at just 100mph (160km/h). With the wing adjusted to its maximum attack mode, the car generates 1,362 kg (3,003 lb) before hitting 200mph.

An AMR Pro package is available for existing cars. They include extra aerodynamic pieces gurney flap, large dive planes, side wheel arch louvers, and turning vanes. These parts help increase downforce by an extra 27%. 

Performance

No official performance numbers are available but 0-60 is about 3 seconds with a top speed of 224mph. Chris Harris and Jeremy Clarkson show the capability of the Vulcan when unleashed.

Price/Production

Only 24 of the Vulcans were ever produced with prices starting at over $2 million. Every one of them was built for track use only.

RML Group, a leading high-performance automotive engineering company has converted one to be road legal. A host of changes were made to make the car comply with road regulations. 

New headlight and rear light covers have been fitted, a rear reflector also sits on the wings end. New suspension components, front lift, and shorter front splitter for improved ground clearance. it also gets a new clutch, gearbox, and engine remap for drivability, Even new cooling components. The steering lock has also been reworked to give a smaller turning radius. New mirrors are also fitted straight from the DB11.

Adventures of this car being driven on Gumball rally can be seen on Mr. JWW’s Youtube channel

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