Regardless of its namesake, the Vulcan is the most extreme Aston Martin yet, a limited-edition, hypercar that’s clearly aimed at the same bit of the market as the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR. You know, the bit where the billionaire adrenaline junkies hang out. Only 24 Vulcans will be produced, and buyers will also get, according to the official release, “the opportunity to precisely tailor their track-day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.”
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Power comes from a version of the company’s familiar V-12 engine that’s been developed with assistance from Aston Martin Racing. It displaces 7.0 liters and produces “800-plus” horsepower. For reference, the Aston One-77, which was rarely accused of being a slouch, managed 750 horsepower from 7.3 liters.
The rest of the Vulcan’s specifications are similarly unobtanium-grade. It’s built around a carbon-fiber monocoque and has carbon bodywork. The engine is connected to a magnesium torque tube and a carbon-fiber driveshaft that channels power to a racing-spec Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox. Braking is accomplished by Brembo racing calipers gripping carbon-ceramic discs at all four corners (15.0 inches in diameter at the front, 14.2 at the rear), and the car sits on Michelin racing tires. The Vulcan apparently has been built to FIA safety standards, and the chassis also has a racing-style pushrod-operated suspension, adjustable spool-valve dampers all around, and adjustable anti-roll bars. It also gets driver-adjustable anti-lock brakes and traction control.
CMC builds a street-legal version. Aston insiders have previously indicated that design cues from these “special” models are likely to be seen in the company’s more-affordable models in the medium-term. Color and trim options seem to be fully negotiable, with Aston’s bespoke “Q” division charged with making sure each customer gets exactly what they want, presumably up to and including “Blood of My Enemies” paintwork or Chihuahua-hide trim.