Aston Martin Enters Track-Only Hypercar Fray With 800HP Vulcan

By Bradley Iger

March 02, 2015

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 have not been released yet, Aston assures us that it will be north of 800 horsepower. Of particular note is the fact that it will get there exclusively under internal combustion power - no hybrid eletric motors (or batteries) on board here. All that grunt will be routed through a six speed sequential gearbox and sent to the rear wheels.
A carbon fiber body is wrapped around a carbon fiber monocoque chassis which will be 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 will be fitted to the car at the front and rear, while adjustable anti-lock brakes featuring Brembo calipers and carbon ceramic discs will handle the stopping duties.
Similar to the Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR customer programs, Aston Martin will also offer 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 going to be a very limited production vehicle, with just 24 examples scheduled to be built. Pricing has yet to be announced, but will almost certainly consist of seven figures. More details are expected to be announced when the car officially debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned.


- Geneva global reveal for limited edition, track-only, 7.0-litre V12 supercar
- Motorsport-developed technology for extreme on-track performance
- Expert tuition, technical support and experience programme for owners

25 February 2015, Gaydon: Introducing the Aston Martin Vulcan – a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand's most intense and exhilarating creation to date.

Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using the brand's acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance.

Uniquely for Aston Martin, the new supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – will allow owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.

CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: "Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar. Designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track.

"A sports car for true sports car lovers, I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan – and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it – sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class."

Styled entirely in-house by the Aston Martin design team led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, and with a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars, this supercar is powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company's naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine.

With its 800-plus bhp powerplant developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing, this front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand's rich GT motorsport experience.

Utilising the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA's annual World Endurance Championship.

Comprising cutting edge engineering including that sourced from the brand's successful GT racing campaign, the car features a carbon fibre monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin's long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic, integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.

Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox.

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.

The new track car will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements.

Aston Martin's Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King, said: "Taking the extensive learning from our various successful racing programmes and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been an exciting and sometimes challenging task for the team here at Gaydon.

"Our deep and broad motorsport experience, allied to our renowned road car expertise, has allowed us to make the Aston Martin Vulcan the absolutely compelling proposition it is today."

Fast-track training
Prior to taking delivery of their cars, owners will be offered the opportunity to take part in an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver training.

Experienced racers including Aston Martin Racing's Le Mans-winning Darren Turner will support owners on their learning journey, offering them the chance to refine their track driving technique and increase their ability through a carefully-constructed series of practical and theoretical driver training events.

Using a number of exciting high performance Aston Martins including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 race car, customers will gradually build experience and develop their track technique, before beginning their thrilling personal journeys into the immense performance potential of their Aston Martin Vulcan.

David King said: "We will be running a series of exclusive track day events commencing in 2016 that will offer the opportunity for these customers to explore their driving capabilities, and the car's performance potential, on some of the world's most famous and glamorous race circuits."

There will also be the option of time in the virtual race car world of Darren Turner's Base Performance Simulators, where buyers will have ample opportunity to further refine their driving style in the safety of the digital race track.

No longer the exclusive preserve of Formula 1, it is widely acknowledged that using a simulator can help prepare a driver for any race; improving technique and consistency as well as, ultimately, lap times.

Almost infinitely flexible in terms of colour and trim options, the exclusive new sports car will be offered to buyers through Aston Martin's VIP sales programme, using the expertise and luxury customer service that is now a hallmark of the brand's 'Q by Aston Martin' bespoke personalisation service.

Dr Palmer added: "We have already received strong interest from the customers we have spoken to about Aston Martin Vulcan.

"The cars will blend our traditional Aston Martin values of Power, Beauty and Soul with an unrivalled ownership experience; a unique combination that will guarantee their place in the brand's rich and charismatic history."

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.