2016 Aston Martin Vulcan

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  • Aston Martin Vulcan
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    800
  • Displacement:
    7.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    225 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    300000 (Est.)
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Gaydon’s answer to the Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about Aston Martin’s financial troubles and whether or not the brand will manage to survive on its own. Reports suggested at some point that the Brits might receive financial backing from various companies., but while that scenario didn’t come to fruition, Aston Martin buckled up and launched an all-new vehicle nevertheless. Dubbed Vulcan and described as "something very special," Aston Martin’s new project turned out to be a track-focused supercar in the vein of the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Brits unleashed the Vulcan for the whole world to see, and, as it turns out, Gaydon’s new baby is as special as it gets.

Skeptics that expected to see a beefed up, race-spec Vantage were in for quite a surprise, as the Vulcan was brand-new not only in design, but under the hood as well. What’s more, it arrived with its own racing program and the kind of exclusivity only Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren were able to deliver until then. There’s a lot of PR talk coming with all-new vehicles nowadays, but Aston Martin nailed it when it described the Vulcan as the "brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date." Keep reading to find out why.

Updated 08/22/2016: A very cool 2016 Vulcan failed to sell at a Mecum auction during the 2016 Monterey Car Week. Check the "Prices" section to see why and the "Pictures" tab for some shots taken at the event.

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An Incredible Limited-Run Supercar is Available for $3.6 Million

An Incredible Limited-Run Supercar is Available for $3.6 Million

It’s a little more than a one-off Aston, but you’re not going to wait around to get your hands on this one

Just in case Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer’s proclamation that one-off Aston Martins start at $3 million isn’t expensive enough for some of you, might I suggest this fresh alternative. It’s one of only 24 Aston Martin Vulcans - chassis number 14, to be exact - in existence, and it can be yours for a bargain price of £2.7 million. If you’re wondering, that’s around $3.6 million based on current exchange rates.

It’s a staggering price, but with that amount, you get one of the most remarkable track-day missiles you’ll ever get to see. It’s even dressed up in a stunning Special Verde Ithaca green paint finish, a pearlescent shade that’s as mesmerizing to look at in photos as it probably is in person. If that isn’t enough to soothe your vanity, consider what the Vulcan is capable of when you unleash it on a track. Mind you, that’s a 7.0-liter, V-12 engine that spits out a beastly 800 horsepower. It’s not quite on the level of the Valkyrie hypercar, but with the ability to hit 60 mph from a standstill position in less than three seconds and a top speed that’s comfortably north of 200 mph, are we really splitting hairs just because it only has 800 ponies to play with? Having said all of that, here’s the real kicker about this pristine Vulcan: it has less than 200 miles on it. I guess the usage is a matter of perspective, but traditionally speaking, this Vulcan is as good as new, hence the the reason why it costs so much.

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Pops' Rants: Civic Type R Drama and Why the New GranTurismo Sucks

Pops’ Rants: Civic Type R Drama and Why the New GranTurismo Sucks

Goodwood is still good wood though

The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed is well underway, and I couldn’t be happier. Long live internet video streaming, old track, short but exciting race tracks, and the good people taking care of the Goodwood House. I’m a happy chap, but hey, there’s still room for rants. And boy there’s plenty to talk about this week. You might find it hard to believe, but there’s something about Goodwood that has been bothering me for years. It’s the hill climb record, which stands since 1999 when Nick Heidfeld completed the course in 41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car. Really, now; isn’t there anyone capable enough to put together a car that’s faster than that?

Yes, I know, it’s a Formula One car and these things are really fast and aerodynamic, but the MP4/13 dates back to 1999. That’s 18 years. Eighteen!!! You know what changed in 18 years on the Nurburgring? The lap record was improved by more than a minute. That’s about 15 percent, which makes sense given how fast cars and technology are evolving nowadays. Yet, no one is able to put Heidfeld’s record to rest. Not even the Peugeot 208 T16, which set a seemingly unbeatable record at Pikes Peak, was able to do that back in 2014 when it completed the course three seconds slower.

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2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro

2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro

Extreme supercar taken to the extreme

After years of struggle and maintaining a lineup consisting mainly of old designs, Aston Martin unveiled the Vulcan in 2015. Although it wasn’t the first limited-edition model to have a unique styling, the Vulcan was the first supercar to wear the British badge. It was powerful, fast, radically different from any other Aston Martin, and built in limited numbers. It was also a track-only vehicle, which made it even more exotic. Two years later and the Vulcan returns, this time with an AMR Pro upgrade that makes it even more aerodynamic.

Launched in early 2017, AMR is the company’s new performance brand that basically brings the technology seen in Aston Martin Racing competition cars to customer vehicles. Essentially a body kit upgrade to the already potent Vulcan, the AMR Pro package makes the supercar more aerodynamic and quicker at the race track. At the same time, it moves Aston Martin closer to the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren, companies that have solid customer racing programs and highly customizable products thanks to bespoke high-performance divisions.

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Seeing Seven Aston Martin Vulcans All Together Is Too Much For Our Sensibilities: Video

Seeing Seven Aston Martin Vulcans All Together Is Too Much For Our Sensibilities: Video

Don’t worry, we’re not complaining. Not the least bit.

There are only 24 Aston Martin Vulcans in existence, so the thought of seeing a group of them all together is as improbable as seeing a unicorn galloping in the sky. Well, shake off that pixie dust because the improbable just happened at the Circuit of the Americas. The Aston Martin Vulcan was in attendance at the race track recently and there wasn’t just one Vulcan there. There weren’t even two or three. There were seven of them, each dressed in different colors and looking the part of a bonafide $2 million supercar.

The carbon fiber-bodied track machine made the trip to Austin, Texas to participate in an event put together by Aston Martin. The specifics of the event is unclear, but the presence of these seven Vulcan track cars made all of it irrelevant. These cars are what the people at the Circuit of the Americas came to see and by the looks of it, nobody came home disappointed. It’s not often that an 820-horsepower supercar carrying a naturally aspirated V-12 engine is seen in the flesh and in its natural track habitat, dressed to impress and roaring like the beat that it is. But to see seven of them together showcasing their capabilities for people to go crazy over? That doesn’t happen very often, if ever. Aston Martin made it happen though, and we all win because of it.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Spaceships On Wheels

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Spaceships On Wheels

Live long and go faster

As a child, I used to fantasize all the time about zipping around the galaxy in my own personal spaceship. I still do, actually, but that’s not the point. The point is that the folks who call the shots at the world’s top automakers are just as prone to flights of fancy, but unlike the cardboard-box dreams you and I have, these people have the means to make it happen – on four wheels, that is. And that’s awesome, because if you take a second to look around, you’ll realize automotive spaceships are all over the place. Here’s our Top 5.

The criteria for this list are pretty simple. First off, we limited it to production cars, which means no one-offs. However, race cars and anything not street legal is okay, given that highway patrol has yet to deploy a space division. Beyond that, warp speeds and exotic materials are a must, as is interplanetary styling.

All strapped in? Enjoy the flight! Three… two… one…

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2016 Aston Martin Vulcan

2016 Aston Martin Vulcan

Gaydon’s answer to the Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about Aston Martin’s financial troubles and whether or not the brand will manage to survive on its own. Reports suggested at some point that the Brits might receive financial backing from various companies., but while that scenario didn’t come to fruition, Aston Martin buckled up and launched an all-new vehicle nevertheless. Dubbed Vulcan and described as "something very special," Aston Martin’s new project turned out to be a track-focused supercar in the vein of the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Brits unleashed the Vulcan for the whole world to see, and, as it turns out, Gaydon’s new baby is as special as it gets.

Skeptics that expected to see a beefed up, race-spec Vantage were in for quite a surprise, as the Vulcan was brand-new not only in design, but under the hood as well. What’s more, it arrived with its own racing program and the kind of exclusivity only Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren were able to deliver until then. There’s a lot of PR talk coming with all-new vehicles nowadays, but Aston Martin nailed it when it described the Vulcan as the "brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date." Keep reading to find out why.

Updated 08/22/2016: A very cool 2016 Vulcan failed to sell at a Mecum auction during the 2016 Monterey Car Week. Check the "Prices" section to see why and the "Pictures" tab for some shots taken at the event.

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2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

A little bit of everything, for the right price

Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.

Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.

TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.

Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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Castrol Touts "Clone Rival" Challenge With the Koenigsegg One:1 And The Aston Martin Vulcan: Video

Castrol Touts "Clone Rival" Challenge With the Koenigsegg One:1 And The Aston Martin Vulcan: Video

New engine oil product unleashes the fury of both the Koenigsegg One:1 and the Aston Marin Vulcan

The Koenigsegg One:1 and the Aston Martin Vulcan are two of the world’s most desirable hypercars, or megacar as Koenigsegg wants the One:1 to be called. So Castrol must have a ton of clout if it was able to get the One:1 and the Vulcan to participate in its self-created Clone Rival challenge developed to basically serve as a very expensive advertorial for its new Titanium supercar motor oil.

The premise of the challenge is to have two professional drivers – Koenigsegg test driver Christoffer Nygaard and his Aston Martin counterpart Darren Turner – perform 10 laps around the Ascari circuit with virtual versions of their cars using a simulator. Castrol then took their fastest times in each of their laps to help create the perfect laps for both the One:1 and the Vulcan.

Once the laps were completed, Nygaard and Turner took to the actual Ascari circuit onboard their actual cars to take on their virtual counterparts. But before taking off on the hot laps, both the One:1 and the Vulcan received the highly touted titanium motor oil with the premise that Castrol would help the real-life cars beat the virtual versions around the track.

The results were spliced together in a pair of carefully crafted, albeit entertaining videos. Castrol even injected the videos with some nifty graphics at the end to showcase the capabilities of the motor oil. In the end, both Nygaard and Turner managed to drive their cars around the famous Italian circuit ahead of their virtual alter egos, proving that in this rather extravagant exercise of product promotion, Castrol’s new Titanium Supercar motor oil is everything the company says it is.

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Aston Martin Vulcan Flexes Its Muscles In New Zealand: Video

Aston Martin Vulcan Flexes Its Muscles In New Zealand: Video

Enjoy this video as much as you can

Just days after Aston Martin chief Andy Palmer announced that a conversion kit for the Aston Martin Vulcan is already in the works, the track-only supercar is back in the headlines for an entirely different reason.This time, one of the 24 Vulcans in existence was spotted in New Zealand taking in a few laps around the country’s new Highlands Motorsport Park. From the looks of things, the Vulcan’s arrival in the land of kiwis was partly done for promotional reasons to showcase one the performance capabilities of one of the world’s most exclusive high-performance cars.

The video seems to point to that as it was done professionally. But it’s also possible that one of the 24 owners of the Vulcan resides in that country and just as he was receiving the track-spec machine, Aston Martin thought it would be a good idea to create a video of the car strutting its stuff in the new race track. I don’t particularly know the details behind this, but what I do know is that seeing the Vulcan in a track is the kind of thing I’d like to watch just before starting my weekend.

If you haven’t seen this video yet, do so at your soonest convenience – seriously. We already know that the Vulcan is powered by a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine that produces an incredible 820 horsepower. But have any of you seen the car put that engine and all its power to use? Seeing as how rare the car is, I don’t think we’re going to get more chances to watch the car and hear the unmistakable roar of that massive V-12 engine. Enjoy this opportunity because it’ll probably be as fleeting as seeing the car blast along the Highlands Motorsport Park.

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Aston Martin Confirms Road-Going Conversion Of Vulcan Track Car

Aston Martin Confirms Road-Going Conversion Of Vulcan Track Car

British engineering firm tasked to make the track-focused supercar ready for road use

The Aston Martin Vulcan is awesome for a lot of reasons, but if there’s one gripe about this $2.6 million track-focused supercar, it’s that the exclusivity extends all the way to its use. Suffice to say, the 24 owners of the 24 Vulcans made can only use it on a race track. At least that was the plan initially, although now it appears that owners of the Vulcan can now have their exotic masterpieces reconfigured for road use.

Speaking exclusively to Autocar, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has announced that owners of the Vulcan can now have their cake and eat it too. A road conversion package for the supercar is being prepared by engineering firm RML, one that will effectively make the Vulcan usable on the road. That’s essentially the gist of it, although the specifics behind the conversion are far more complicated than a few twists of some bolts.

According to Palmer, the conversion will focus on three key areas of the Vulcan, namely safety-critical aspects, technical alterations like ride height and gear ratios, and bespoke modifications as per specific requests of the customer. Engine emissions will also be involved in the conversion to appease emissions regulations of the country where a specific Vulcan is from. Likewise, adding road-legal lights and performing crash test simulations will also be carried out.

The whole process is expected to take up to three months and while the cost for the conversions have yet to be revealed, I don’t imagine it being a problem to the people who paid $2.6 million for the car to begin with. For its part, RML revealed that a timetable to have the first Vulcan conversion completed by the end of 2016.

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Aston Martin Vulcan Gets Top Gear Shakedown: Video

Aston Martin Vulcan Gets Top Gear Shakedown: Video

Track-spec race car is a handful in more ways than one

There are a lot of things to love about the Aston Martin Vulcan. First, it has a carbon fiber chassis tub. It also has a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-12 engine that’s derived from Aston Martin’s own GT3 race car. It’s good for 820 horsepower, too. In other words, it makes for an exhilarating track driving experience, the kind you can only experience in a track with no restrictions or regulators to worry about. Oh, and let’s not forget about the name. Props to Aston Martin for naming it after Spock’s race in Star Trek, even though the name was likely lifted from the Greek god of fire.

In any case, the Vulcan is all sorts of awesome and Top Gear Magazine’s own Ollie Marriage was able to get a first-hand experience on what it’s like to unleash the Vulcan’s wrath. This video perfectly captures Marriage’s reaction as he tries to piece together coherent sentences while taking control of the track-spec racer. I can’t blame Marriage for losing his concentration on more than one occasion, because if I was in his seat, I’d probably have a hard time even talking as the car goes full blast around the track.

Fortunately, I don’t have that responsibility, so I can just sit back and watch the entire video in all its awesomeness. On that note, here’s a suggestion to anybody who may want to watch it: put the volume on full blast. In this age of turbochargers, there’s still nothing quite like hearing a naturally-aspirated V-12 engine in all its symphonic glory.

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Watch How The Aston Martin Vulcan Is Being Built: Video

Watch How The Aston Martin Vulcan Is Being Built: Video

This is what you get with your $3.4 million

Remember when I wrote about an Aston Martin Vulcan that’s currently up for sale for $3.4 million? Well, I don’t know if it’s a simple coincidence or a sign that I should buy the car, but less than a day after that Vulcan hit the news, out comes a video from Carfection that tackles the build process of the most powerful Aston Martin ever created.

Ok, I’m not really going the buy the car under any circumstances considering that I don’t have $3.4 million. But, it is funny to think about the timing of these two separate media items covering the same 800-horsepower track-day supercar. The video itself is pretty informative, and if my hearing serves me right, I think that’s XCar’s Alex Goy doing the voice-over in the video. In it, Goy talks about the nitty gritty details on the construction and development of the Vulcan, right down to the generous amount of lightweight carbon fiber used on the car and the incredible downforce it generates, thanks in large part to the rather massive aerodynamic components fitted into the track car.

It’s safe to say that the Aston Martin Vulcan is a clear departure from the company’s luxury meets performance reputation. I say that because the Vulcan is just a purely bred annihilator on the race track, the kind of car that can gleefully let other cars pass by and then catch up to them without even breaking so much as a sweat. And, as good as it looks - I mean, look at that piece of beauty! - the Vulcan is also largely defined by its thunderous 7.0-liter V-12 engine that pumps out in excess of 800 horsepower. It’s rather interesting that Aston Martin hasn’t released the full performance details of the Vulcan, but just hearing the spine-tingling roar of that V-12 engine at the end of the video is all we need to know about the track car’s breathtaking capabilities on any racing circuit it finds itself in.

If you just happen to be inspired enough by this video that you’re itching to own one, you can check out that Vulcan that’s currently up for sale over at Cleveland Motorsports. You’re going to need $3.4 million to own it, but who knows, if you can string up and save your money for God-knows-how-long, you could find out first-hand exactly why the Aston Martin Vulcan is everything it’s been hyped up to be.

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Aston Martin Vulcan For Sale For $3.4 Million

Aston Martin Vulcan For Sale For $3.4 Million

First Vulcan in the US is going to cost you more than just an arm and a leg

Just a few days after news broke that an Aston Martin DB10 was going to be auctioned off at the Christie’s King Street auction house on February 18, 2016 comes another extremely rare Aston Martin that’s looking for a new owner. This, dear friends, is the Aston Martin Vulcan. Only 24 units of this mental track car will be built and one of them, the first one in the US, is now up for sale for a staggering price of $3.4 million.

At this point, I can’t stress enough how incredible this car is. The Vulcan first showed its face at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and immediately set its sights on the likes of the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR. Everything about the Vulcan is brand new, right down to the design, the engine, and its overall purpose as a marauder of the race track. It even comes with its own racing program, the same kind that Ferrari has with its FXX program.

Basically, the Vulcan is a car that can only be used on the race track. Those who do end up buying any of the 24 available units will also receive an intensive track driving program with Le Mans-winner Darren Turner serving as an instructor. During training, Vulcan owners will gradually build experience and develop their track skills driving “less notable Aston Martins like the V12 Vantage S and the Vantage GT4." Once they’ve reached an appropriate skill level, these owners can also get their hands on the ultra rare One-77, in addition, of course, to finally getting behind the wheel of the Vulcan.

As far as this particular Vulcan is concerned, it’s dressed in Aston Martin’s signature Fiamma Red body finish and has all of the dramatic styling cues and state-of-the-art components that we all saw on the Vulcan that was displayed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. More importantly, it also has a massive 7.0-liter V-12 engine that produces over 800 horsepower, making it slightly more powerful than the benevolent One-77.

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Aston Martin CEO Denies Road-Going Version For The Vulcan

Aston Martin CEO Denies Road-Going Version For The Vulcan

The recent news that buyers of the new 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan track car were also clamoring for a street-legal version of the car came as no surprise to anybody. And the fact that, when questioned about the prospects of such a machine being built, Aston executives gave noncommittal answers about it being difficult should also have come as no surprise. Well, it seems that we now have an official answer from Aston brass about the car, and it isn’t happening. The exact wording from Aston was “While there has been some understandable interest in a road-legal version of the Vulcan, we have no plans for one and all our efforts now are making it the ultimate Aston track supercar.”

This is in stark contrast to the Vulcan’s direct competitors, like the 2015 Ferrari FXX K, which comes in both road and track versions. But Aston wanted the Vulcan to be an engineering showcase, something that pushed the limits of what a car could do, and laws governing what could and couldn’t be taken on the road would only get in the way. A road version would mean compromises, and sometimes you just have to avoid those.

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Aston Martin Wants To Make The Vulcan Road-Legal

Aston Martin Wants To Make The Vulcan Road-Legal

One of the big reasons why it’s exciting when manufacturers unveil racing versions of existing supercars is that it makes us excited for the road-going versions of the cars all over again. The internet tends not to light up in quite the same way when a racing team reveals a new track machine that isn’t based on a road car. And this is what made the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan interesting — it’s a track car that isn’t based on a road car but looks as though it should be. And now word from Aston Martin is that the car looks so much like something that should be used on the road that Aston’s customers are putting serious pressure on the automaker to build one.

This makes sense; the market niche Vulcan occupies is otherwise populated solely by cars that are made in both racing and road versions. A 2015 Ferrari FXX K or 2016 McLaren P1 GTR owner could drive his track machine all day and then head home in his LaFerrari or P1, respectively — road version of the racers — and it seems that Vulcan buyers wish to do the same, so Aston is looking into it.

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Aston Martin Vulcan Will Race At 24 Hours of Spa

Aston Martin Vulcan Will Race At 24 Hours of Spa

Having made its public track debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan will make yet another appearance at the 24 Hours of Spa on July 25th. The limited-edition race car will complete two flying laps ahead of the fourth race of this year’s Blancpain Endurance Series season. The Vulcan will be driven by Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner, who has been involved in the design and development of the track-only car.

"It was very early days for the car when we first ran it at Goodwood Festival of Speed, but we certainly made a good impression and now we get to show the car in its most natural environment. I’m looking forward to our laps prior to the race and then being able to watch one of the best 24-hour events on the calendar," said Turner.

As a brief reminder, the Vulcan is powered by a 800-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-12 engine, which makes it the fastest and most-powerful Aston Martin ever built. It has a full carbon-fiber body and features a new design language that will likely trickle down to future road models. Aston Martin is setting up a skunkworks facility near Gaydon to build 24 examples of the Vulcan racer, each to be sold for at least £1.8 million (about $2.8 million).

In related news, this weekend’s 24 Hours of Spa will see two Aston Martin Racing customer teams contest the Pro-Am class in V-12-powered 2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 race cars.

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Aston Martin Vulcan Made Its Public Track Debut at Goodwood

Aston Martin Vulcan Made Its Public Track Debut at Goodwood

Since the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan isn’t street legal, and will only be built in very small numbers, there is a limited number of times that most people could reasonably expect to see one up close. Sure, it was shown publicly at the Geneva Motor Show, but seeing it there couldn’t possibly match the experience of seeing it in action. Fortunately, the public had the opportunity to see exactly that at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, as the Vulcan made its public track debut there. And of course, it spent a fair amount of time sitting on display again as well.

The Vulcan, with its 800-horsepower 7.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 engine and fully carbon fiber body, is something of an engineering exercise for the company, which has never before made something so powerful or fast. But it is also something of a halo model, having been made with a design language which will trickle down to the rest of Aston’s lineup. While the merits of a halo model which few people will ever see is debatable, the car is very impressive, and Goodwood was an appropriately English setting for its debut.

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Aston Martin Vulcan Will Be Produced At New Skunkworks Facility

Aston Martin Vulcan Will Be Produced At New Skunkworks Facility

The newly launched Aston Martin Vulcan is both extremely powerful and better looking than most supercars out there, but, more importantly, it’s the company’s most exotic project to date. Not only will it grant Aston Martin access to the hypercar market, but it will also place it in a select group of manufacturers that offers exclusive, track-prepped supercars with racing programs. Ferrari and McLaren are the only major automakers to include such initiatives, and that says a lot about what the Vulcan will do for Aston Martin. And since a special supercar demands special attention, the Brits are also readying a tailor-made facility to handle Vulcan production.

According to AutoCar, Aston Martin is setting up a skunkworks facility near Gaydon to build the 24 examples of the Vulcan racer. The small factory is located in Wellesbourne, nearly eight miles from Gaydon, and a small team of carefully selected engineers will start making the limited-edition Vulcan there this summer. The supercar will be assembled from parts provided by both Aston Martin and race-engineering suppliers, the report adds. The Vulcan is due to reach its customers at the end of 2015. Pricing for the British supercar starts from £1.8 million, which converts to nearly $2.7 million as of 03/17/2015.

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Aston Martin Reveals Vulcan Hypercar

Aston Martin Reveals Vulcan Hypercar

British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has dropped cover on its outrageous new hypercar, the Vulcan, and for all intents and purposes, it’s shaping up to be one of the most extreme performance vehicles on the planet. Only 24 will be sold worldwide.

The track-day special comes bearing a naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V-12 monster of a powerplant. Specific figures have not yet been announced, but Aston says it’ll pump out over 800 horsepower.

The layout is a front mid-engine, RWD design, drawing from Aston’s extensive GT racing experience. The Vulcan is built using a carbon-fiber monocoque and body, which will endow it with a power-to-weight ratio exceeding those of GTE cars in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship.

Additional racing bits include a limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with a carbon-fiber drive shaft, and carbon-ceramic disc brakes from Brembo measuring 15-inches in the front and 14.2-inches in the rear. A mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential-shift transmission routs the power to 19-inch wheels and Michelin race tires.

Pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry are used in conjunction with Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers for high levels of adjustment. The handling package also includes driver-adjustable, anti-lock brakes and variable traction control. The car will comply with all relevant FIA safety rules.

Owners will be offered an “intensive track driver training” program prior to taking delivery. Racers like Le Mans-winner Darren Turner will be on hand to assist in personal development as drivers progress to the Vulcan cockpit by way of the V12 Vantage S, One-77, and Vantage GT4.

Additional details will be released closer to the Vulcan’s track debut later this year.

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Aston Martin Vulcan Will Be Track-Only; Limited To 30 Units

Aston Martin Vulcan Will Be Track-Only; Limited To 30 Units

Aston Martin created quite a commotion last week, when it announced plans to introduce a brand-new model later in 2015. Teased in a short video that features the sound of a V-12 engine but reveals absolutely nothing about the car’s design, Aston Martin’s new creation is dubbed the Vulcan, and all clues hinted toward a track-restricted supercar. Although the Brits have yet to issue any comments on that matter, the folks over at Car Advice, quoting unnamed sources, claim the Vulcan is indeed a track-only project limited to 30 or even fewer examples.

The report also goes on to speculate that the Vulcan could get its very own experience program, meaning customers will benefit from professional racing courses with the company’s motorsport arm, as well as a series of race-day events on select tracks in Europe and even North America or Asia. Such a program would place the Vulcan in an exclusive group of track-prepped supercars that includes the Ferrari FXX K and the upcoming McLaren P1 GTR. As cool as it may sound, this is only speculation until further notice, so make sure you take all of the above with a grain of salt.

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