The other week Aston Martin teased at a new track based machine that would rival the likes of McLaren P1 GTR and Ferrari FXX K. This track based car was said to be extremely exclusive and one of the most powerful Aston Martins ever produced. Beyond the name “Vulcan” we had nothing else to go on and so the speculation began… Could this be the realisation of the DP100 concept car which was mid-engined? What makes it worth of being mentioned in the same breath as P1 and LaFerrari? The Aston Martin Vulcan has been revealed and is indeed named after the mighty RAF bomber.
There is no denying that this is a dramatic machine with its long bonnet, side mounted exhaust pipes and rear wing that can put a light aircraft to shame, but is anyone else a bit disappointed? Here are some reasons not to be and then I’ll explain further.
It is powered by a 7.0 litre V12 engine of which produces over 800BHP. Made almost exclusively out of lightweight materials, Aston Martin Racing were responsible for this creation. Its large engine is mounted behind the front axel with 50% intruding into the cabin. Top speed? Over 200MPH. Carbon brakes, a modern racing interior and styling that previews what is to come next year from the brand makes for an impressive package. Just 24 will be made.
However, as impressive as it may be in isolation, when compared to the other two spaceships it is all very… Well… Last generation don’t you think? No new technologies, aerodynamic design which is not as innovative as its claimed competition and a price of £1,800,000 which is that same as P1 GTR. It is more art than a true prototype racing car.
I’m sure it is a fantastic machine out on track, but myself and others were maybe expecting something revolutionary from the 101 year old company.