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Something special has been going on behind the scenes at Aston Martin with a push to release a car to rival the Mclaren P1 GTR and the Ferrari FXX-K and create the ultimate supercar experience for its clients. Available to view at this month’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Aston Martin Vulcan fits the bill and is Aston Martin’s most expensive car at £1.8 million.
The Vulcan represents a change in direction for the company especially concerning design, where it does not look anything like a traditional Aston Martin such as the DB9. In fact, on first look, it really looks nothing like an Aston Martin. The exterior is as ostentatious as you would hope for from a hypercar, with a carbon fibre monocoque frame and a huge rear wing. Both the design and the technology nod towards the V8 Vantage GTE and the DR9 racing cars and the company itself stated in its press release that the design is hinting at more to come for the next generation of the luxury brand’s supercars.
The technology is as impressive as the design and has been taken from Aston Martin’s GT racing team. The Vulcan is able to reach more than 800bhp with its 7-litre V12 engine and has race specification tyres made by expert French tyre manufacturer Michelin. While full performance data will have to wait until later in 2015, it is almost inevitable that we will be blown away by what the Vulcan can do. The company has already stated that it has an incredible power-to-weight ratio.
The inside of the car is made with racing in mind. It is minimalist, yet tailored to the comfort of the driver, with a touchscreen in the centre of the steering wheel and the finest leather seats.
The car will be a track-only supercar and extremely exclusive with British manufacturers announcing that only 24 will be made, all of which have already been sold. The car promises a fantastic performance and Aston Martin will provide intensive track training with models such as the V12 Vantage S, for buyers before they pick up their car. Darren Turner – winner of the Le Mans race with Aston Martin - will provide training and the company has also promised that clients will be driving on some of the “most famous and glamorous circuits in the world.”
CEO Andy Palmer described the car as the British manufacturer’s “most extreme supercar ever” and it is certainly the start of something different from Aston Martin. It will be interesting to see what the future holds.