Not content to just let the likes of Ferrari and McLaren court the hearts and wallets of well-heeled track rats around the world, the speed merchants from Gaydon now have a track-dedicated hypercar offering of their own. They’ve named it the Vulcan, and while it’s not a tribute to the late, great Mr. Spock, we wouldn’t take offense if it were, and we doubt he would either. Consider the Vulcan as Aston’s answer to the McLaren P1 GTR and the Ferrari FXX K — one that might just be the pick of the litter for race car purists.
While the Vulcan is a showcase of Aston’s race technology from head to toe, the drivetrain is perhaps the centerpiece here. The venerable 6.0-liter V12 has been punched out to 7.0 liters, and while exact horsepower figures remain somewhat elusive, Aston assures us that is north of 800 horsepower.
Of particular note is the fact that it generates all of that thrust exclusively under internal combustion power no hybrid electric motors (or batteries) on board here. That grunt is routed through a six speed sequential gearbox and sent to the rear wheels, a combination that’s said to be good for 0-60 in under three seconds and a top speed of over 200 miles per hour.
A carbon fiber body is wrapped around a carbon fiber monocoque chassis which is assembled for Aston Martin by motorsports partner Multimatic, the same folks tasked with putting together the body for the upcoming Ford GT.
Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars are fitted to the car at the front and rear, while adjustable anti-lock brakes featuring Brembo calipers and carbon ceramic discs handle the stopping duties.
A full compliment of safety equipment is also on hand, including a full roll cage, fire suppression gear, and racing harnesses.
Similar to the Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR customer programs, Aston Martin is offering a racing development program for Vulcan owners, with factory driver Darren Turner on hand to provide expert tutelage at tracks around the world, which will also include seat time in the Vantage S and One-77 supercars as they work their way up the field in order to learn how to get the most out of the Vulcan on the road course.
Like the One-77, the Vulcan is a very limited production vehicle with just 24 examples scheduled to be built. Accordingly, the Vulcan’s price tag of approximately $2.1 million doesn’t seem out of line with the amount of coin commanded by other ultra-limited production, track-dedicated super sportscars.
The folks over at CNET Road Show recently got a chance to tour the facility where the Vulcan is hand-built to see Aston Martin’s technicians in action – you can check out the full gallery right here.