As enticing as the Taraf might be, I was all too easy distracted by the Vulcan mock up standing a few metres away. The Vulcan is Aston Martin’s answer to the FXX track cars that Ferrari offers its best clients, and this example’s burnt orange paintwork is much more eye catching than the green in which it debuted at Geneva.
Also a track-only car, just 24 Vulcans will be build, carrying a price tag of £1.8 million (approximately SGD$3.9 million) each. The build number is inspired by the various 24-Hour races in which Aston Martin competes, and because its launch this year coincides with the debut of the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, which features the bespoke DB10.
The 1,350kg motorsport-inspired Aston Martin Vulcan uses a carbon-fibre tub and panels and has an integrated FIA-approved roll cage. The bespoke 7.0-litre V12 produces 800hp, which is fed to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transaxle mounted Xtrac gearbox with limited-slip differential derived from the Vantage GTE racer.
Further weight saving comes from the magnesium torque tube surrounding the carbon-fibre propshaft, and the carbon ceramic brakes. Made by Brembo, these vented discs measure 380mm in front and 360mm at the rear and are clamped by six and four-pot calipers respectively. The APP centre lock alloy wheels can be shod with wet or dry compound Michelin Pilot Sport Cup trackday rubber.
The suspension is pure race technology and uses double wishbones and pushrod dampers. Multimac, who make many of the specialist parts for this car, have also incorporated their Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable damper system and adjustable anti-roll bars. Variable traction control and Bosch ABS allows the cars handling and dynamic safety systems to be dialled to an individual’s liking.
While Aston Martin has no plans to homologate the Aston Martin Vulcan for road use, it has ensured that basic items like lights, wipers and parking brake are configured to comply with UK Construction and Use regulations. Thus, it is possible for individual owners to put their Vulcan through the UK’s Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) process to register it for road use. By: 9tro