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Aston Martin Vulcan supercar revealed


Wild Aston Martin Vulcan is too hardcore for number plates.

Aston Martin has revealed its most extreme model ever, the race-ready and track-only Vulcan supercar. 

Like the recently revealed hybrid Ferrari FXX-K and McLaren P1 GTR, the Vulcan is a super exclusive track weapon that can't legally be driven on the road. Instead, just 24 units will be built for wealthy gentlemen racers and packaged with an exclusive Aston Martin driver training program.

Building on Aston Martin's experience in GT racing, the Vulcan uses an all-carbon fibre construction and isn't directly related to any current Aston road cars.

Under the bonnet is a massive 7.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine with over 597kW, which drives the rear wheels through a race-spec 6-speed sequential gearbox. This gearbox is linked to a limited-slip differential via a magnesium torque tube and carbon fibre driveshaft.

Brakes are competition-ready carbon ceramic items measuring 380mm at the front and 360mm at the rear, within lightweight 19-inch magnesium wheels wearing 345/30 Michelin race tyres. 

Like the exotic One-77 road car, the Vulcan uses a pushrod suspension setup, with anti-dive geometry, dynamic spool valves and adjustable dampers and sway bars. 

Because it won't necessarily be driven by professional drivers, the Vulcan also features anti-lock brakes and traction control systems with variable degrees of assistance.

The car also sports an aggressive aerodynamic package with large rear wing, front splitter and rear diffuser along with aerodynamically-optimised cooling ducts over the body.

Aston Martin has also stated that the Vulcan's styling hints at the next generation of the British firm's road-going sports cars.      

The interior features race harnesses, roll cage and fighter jet-spec steering wheel and the Vulcan complies with all FIA race safety requirements.

The 24 lucky Vulcan owners will be able to take part in an extensive track driving program with Aston Martin Racing's Le Mans winner Darren Turner, while the car's performance can be scaled down for driver's who aren't yet confident in exploring its full potential.

Before taking delivery, driver's will also pilot a number of high performance Aston Martin models including the V12 Vantage S, One-77 and Vantage GT4 race car to build their skills. 

The Aston Martin Vulcan will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show next month, with performance data to be revealed closer to its track debut later this year.