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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Why it matters

The Vulcan will reportedly sprint to 60mph in under three seconds and hit a top speed of over 200mph, although there are no official numbers at this time. And impressive as that sounds, on a car which isn’t street legal, it’s at least somewhat irrelevant. What keeps it from being totally irrelevant is that other sports car racers of this type are always based on road cars, whereas the Vulcan is based on some road car ideas which don’t exist in production form yet. It is potentially a very exciting thing. Let’s just hope it doesn’t get watered down too much.

2016 Aston Martin Vulcan

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Press Release

Months of anticipation for Aston Martin enthusiasts around the world are, today, brought to a close with the exciting global dynamic debut of the Aston Martin Vulcan – a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date.

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Patrons attending today’s session of the 23rd Goodwood Festival of Speed in the grounds of historic Goodwood House, West Sussex, have been treated to a historic occasion of their own – with the first public running of the Aston Martin Vulcan following its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

The 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre, Aston Martin Vulcan today delivered on its promise of truly extreme performance with a series of spine-tingling sprints up the famous hill climb with Aston Martin Racing works’ driver Darren Turner at the wheel. Before its inaugural run, the new model was showcased on the Michelin stage in the Supercar Paddock.

Powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine, the Aston Martin Vulcan is predicted to be capable of sprinting from rest to 60 mph in less than three seconds, and achieving a top speed of more than 200mph.

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The brand’s CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, was on hand to witness the momentous occasion. He said: “Seeing the Aston Martin Vulcan unleashed at Goodwood today is a memory I will cherish for many years. We wanted to give this car its debut on ‘home soil’, and where better than at this hugely popular and globally renowned event.”

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