Just 24 buyers will be able to strap into the Aston Martin Vulcan, which debuts at the 2015 Geneva auto show with a 7.0-liter V-12 engine making more than 800 hp. The ultra-exclusive Vulcan is a track-only car aimed to be Aston Martin’s “most intense and exhilarating creation to date.”
Built from carbon fiber by Multimatic, which also develops Aston Martin racing cars, the Vulcan has been developed purely for on-track performance in keeping with FIA racing rules. The low-slung bodywork features enormous air inlets, pavement-scraping splitters, and a rear wing to make a Cessna envious. Aston Martin says the styling of the Vulcan hints at the look of the company’s future road cars, too.
A 7.0-liter V-12 engine sits up front, sending power through a carbon-fiber driveshaft encased in a magnesium torque tube to a six-speed sequential transaxle from Xtrac, where a limited-slip differential distributes power to the 19-inch diameter, 13.6-inch wide rear wheels. The Aston Martin Vulcan uses a pushrod-style suspension with Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers from Multimatic, which incidentally are also used on the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. Carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes feature 15.0-inch front and 14.2-inch rear rotors.
Within the cabin, Aston Martin Vulcan drivers can manually adjust the car’s ABS and traction control settings. A U-shaped racing steering wheel greets the driver, while an enormous cantilever protrusion separates driver the driver and passenger bucket seats. Almost all of the interior parts are made from exposed carbon fiber, and a roll cage is fitted as standard.
One step at a time
Aston Martin isn’t going to let just anyone hop into its high-performance track car, however. Vulcan owners must begin with professional driver training in the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 racing car, as well as spending time in a racing simulator. After that, customers will still have access to a technical team to help tune the Aston Martin Vulcan to the owner’s specific driving abilities and style. Buyers can also equip their car with any number of visual tweaks under the “Q by Aston Martin” bespoke service.
Full performance figures for the Aston Martin Vulcan will be released when the car hits tracks later this year. It will debut publicly in Geneva on Tuesday, March 3.