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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Why it matters
Aston Martin needs to showcase the Vulcan at its fullest and the Spa-Francorchamps is its best option at the moment. I’m sure the Brits would want to set an official lap at the Nurburgring, but since the German track is still subject to speed limits, that won’t be possible anytime soon. Moreover, the fact that Aston chose to lap the Spa-Francorchamps during a Blancpain Endurance race weekend should bring the Vulcan a lot more exposure than a Nurburgring lap would. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that future customers had already booked a trip to Belgium just to see the Vulcan in its natural environment.
Find out more about the Aston Martin Vulcan here.