Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Aston Martin announces 800+ bhp track-only Vulcan supercar

It’s the season for releasing track-only supercars and hypercars. Ferrari launched their FXXK just a few weeks ago, and McLaren has their P1 GTR ready for production at Geneva. These cars are the best of the best, designed to only be run on track and under the close supervision of their manufacturers.

Aston Vulcan 4

Well, it looks like Aston Martin is ready to get into the game as well with their all-new Vulcan. It’s a track-only supercar which doesn’t conform to any homologation rules such as GT3, but it is so sharp edged and hard core that it would never function (well) as a road car. The Vulcan is limited to just 24 examples globally, making it an extremely rare car to buy and own.

Aston Vulcan 1

Carbon fibre, as expected, is extensively used throughout the Vulcan. But more interesting is the engine, which is their renowned V12 block, but pushed in capacity for a total of 7.0-litres. Power outputs are not revealed, although owners can expect something in the region of beyond 800 bhp. Engine is front-mid mounted, as evidenced by the long bonnet stretching out in front of the cockpit.  The power to weight ratio of the Vulcan is said to exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the World Endurance Championship.

Aston Vulcan 5

The monocoque (carbon fibre) and body (more carbon fibre) are both constructed by Multimatic- a long-term partner of Aston Martin which specialises in carbon-fibre work. There’s a limited slip differential, driven by a light weight prop shaft (more carbon fibre), and Brembo calipers  that clamp on ceramic racing discs (more carbon… wait, no). The gearbox is a 6-speed sequential from Xtrac- the same company that supplies drivetrains for Proton’s Satria Neo S2000 rally cars. 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. FIA Safety Regulations are naturally complied with for the Vulcan.

Aston Vulcan 3

Performance data, together with further technical details about the ultra-exclusive track-only supercar, will be released closer to its track debut later this year. The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its world debut on the brand’s new stand at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5 Stand 5253) at 10.15am on Tuesday March 3.

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