Don’t worry, we’re not complaining. Not the least bit.by Kirby Garlitos, on
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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We need more cars like the Aston Martin Vulcan
It has no hybrid elements to it so the 820 horsepower it produces comes directly from one place.
I’m fully aware that naturally-aspirated engines are a dying breed so the few cars that do carry this particular powertrain are celebrated more than they used to be. That’s the unique position the Aston Martin Vulcan finds itself in. It has no hybrid elements to it so the 820 horsepower it produces comes directly from one place. That’s unlike some of the other recent track cars that are around today, including the hybrid-powered Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR.
To be clear, Aston Martin isn’t immune to the age of downsizing itself since the Valkyrie hypercar is a good example of the British automaker embracing an automotive world that has embraced hybridization. Knowing that makes the Vulcan that much more special, at least in my eyes. The power numbers may catch the headlines, but the track-focused machine is also capable of performing like one, thanks in part to its ability to hit 60 mph in just less than three seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 220 mph.
The actual creation of the naturally aspirated V-12 came about because of a collective effort from engineers and developers from the whole company.
More importantly, the actual creation of the naturally aspirated V-12 came about because of a collective effort from engineers and developers from the whole company, with a lot of assistance coming from Aston Martin Racing. Some Vulcans, at least according to Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, are also on tap to get converted into road-legal supercars, a three-month project that will be spearheaded by engineering firm RML with the blessing of Aston Martin itself. Put all of these factors together and the end result is a spectacular car that has the potential to become one of Aston Martin’s most collectible models in the future.
One Vulcan model even went on sale a year ago for $3.4 million. The fact that the Vulcan’s status and matching price tag are justified by its sheer exclusivity says a lot about the track-focused supercar. If that trend continues and the demand for the car rises, that $3.4 million price tag from a year ago is going to turn into a bargain.
Who knows, we might end up in a future where these 24 Vulcans become the crown jewels of somebody’s auto collection. Now you can imagine the significance of seeing seven of them flexing their muscles at the Circuit of the Americas recently.
Read our full review on the Aston Martin Vulcan here.
Source: Aston Martin