The 2016 Vulcan is one of the hottest hypercars out there, hitting right in the racecar segment. This is not a common monster. This new Aston Martin, named after the famous bomber aircraft from the WWII, could be the fastest and more powerful vehicle ever produced by the British carmaker.
This new hypercar for track purposes is in the same segment as the McLaren P1 GTR and the Ferrari FXX K, which ones were exclusive for racing use. Besides its heavyweight price tag, the production of the 2016 Vulcan will be limited to 24 units. So, forget your chances of having one. Even if you are a millionaire, they are aimed to buyers with some trajectory with the carmaker.
Let’s see some of the main features of the new 2016 Vulcan.
As suspected, the Aston Martin Racing team was involved in the development of the 7.0 L V12 power plant onboard of the 2016 Vulcan. According to the maker, this massive engine can generate more than 800 hp. Now, they haven’t released major details about the proven power of this piece of engineering. The press release for its official announcement limit the data to an estimate of horsepower.
In terms of transmission, we have a Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission, totally dedicated to the motorsport. Braking power is provided by carbon ceramic discs on the four wheels, 15-inch in the front and 14.2-inch in the rear. Plus, this spectacular machine features Brembo track-ready calipers. All the expected technologies of a modern race beast are onboard. From adjustable anti-lock brakes and spool-valve dampers to hardcore-tuned pushrod-operated suspension.
Now, going beyond the official-but-scarce information available online, we have some estimates from the specialized media. According to some vague calculations, the 2016 Vulcan could go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3 seconds. Also, a possible top speed could be 225 mph (362 km/h), which seems highly reasonable.
Most Aston Martin models share big part of their design and form. It is strange to see major modifications from the marker to its supercars. That why the popular Aston Martin One 77 was so well appreciated by most. It was one risky and chancy try to innovate. That model to it great.
Now, the 2016 Vulcan is showing up a spectacular form with actual chances of being practical and efficient on the track. The whole design has a finality in terms of aerodynamics and speed. No more exotic-but-useless designs.
Starting with technical details, the carbon fiber monocoque has lightweight properties, totally mandatory for a hypercar created to kill enemies on the track. Fortunately, we see this sexy form as a pattern to follow in the future for Aston Martin. Depending the reception of this hot machine, we could see street-legal versions in the near future.
The front vent, present in all the Aston Martin models as a trademark, is now bigger and more noticeable, with a huge role in terms of aerodynamics. Thin, shy LED headlights are closer to the floor than ever while the taillights have a new jaw-dropping design. The colossal rear wing seems like the proper for a racing hypercar, while the diffuser is one of the biggest in the actual motoring industry. Exhaust outlets are found at each side of the 2016 Vulcan, which seem correct.
The Bottom Line
Aston Martin is selling more than a racecar. They are offering the whole bundle, where professional drivers and world-class tracks are involved. It is all about personalized sessions on the track, accompanied with the experts in order to tune up the vehicle with the buyer in situ.
By now, the price is around US$2.300.000.