Limited run customer racing cars have become something of a statement of late. Machines unrestricted by regulations or the law. Recently we got up close and personal with the holy trinity of track based hyper cars. The Aston Martin Vulcan, McLaren P1 GTR, and the Ferrari FXX K. Time to compare and contrast these almost mythical beasts. No easy task as all three manufacturers are still cagey when it comes to the numbers. Aston Martin Vulcan vs Ferrari FXX K vs McLaren P1 GTR.
Aston Martin Vulcan
The Aston Martin Vulcan is the ultimate expression of what a racing Aston can be. Named after the mighty British bomber of the Cold War, this car was the responsibility of Aston Martin’s racing division and so is constructed primarily of lightweight materials. Powered by an extreme 7.0 litre V12 engine, which sits so far behind the front axel that half of it intrudes into the cockpit, over 800 BHP is sent to the rear wheels. Large carbon brakes sit in each corner. The Vulcan isn’t the most cutting edge of these three in terms of technology, but its slightly old-school attitude to racing wrapped in the modern body has charm. It costs £1,800,000. Aston Martin made just 24.
Ferrari FXX K
Ferrari’s FXX K is based upon the road going LaFerrari but is part of an experimental collection of cars that the Italian brand allow a select few to buy. Whilst owners enjoy their cars, Ferrari collect data that aids them with development of future road going models. The Ferrari FXX K is the most powerful of the three with over 1,021 BHP. That performance potential is generated by a 6.3 litre V12 engine mated to an electric motor. An advanced Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS, features in this mean machine. Torque is quoted as being 664lb ft aiding in a 0-62MPH time of less than 3 seconds. Active aerodynamics plays a big roll on Ferrari FXX K and at 120 MPH it can generate 540 KG of downforce. We know that less than 40 were made with a price tag of just over £1,650,000 before local taxes.
McLaren P1 GTR
The McLaren P1 GTR reignites memories of the Le Mans 24 Hour winning F1 GTR of 1995. Taking the highly developed P1 road car to another level, this GTR produces 660 KG of downforce at 150 MPH. Extreme weight saving means the the P1 GTR is also 50 KG lighter than the already light P1 road car. 986 BHP is produced by a 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine and, like the FXX K, a electric motor. 0-62 MPH is completed in less than 2.8 seconds thanks in part to “more than 664lb ft” of torque. McLaren’s Chief test driver has described the road legal tyre of the standard P1 being the thing that holds it back. On racing slicks the P1 GTR takes full advantage of its aerodynamic package. A Drag Reduction System that stalls the rear wing for higher straight line speed can be activated via a button on the Formula One inspired steering wheel. Just over 40 were built costing over £1,900,000 each. In order to be eligible you had to have purchased the road going McLaren P1.
All three are incredible machines in their own right and we are itching to see if a wealthy individual will put them head-to-head. Until then, which car would you take home?