The Goodwood Festival of Speed is always one of the highlights of any self-respecting petrol-head’s calendar. 2015’s instalment was no exception and featured the usual dazzling array of four-wheeled heroes, new and old. This year’s glittering occasion was given a little extra sparkle courtesy of a very special guest appearance in the form of Aston Martin’s all-new hypercar, the low-slung, glaring track assassin that is the Vulcan.
This front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive demon takes over from the revered One-77 as Aston’s most extreme creation ever, with its 7.0-litre V12 engine pumping out in excess of 800bhp. Strictly limited to the confines of the racetrack, Aston Martin have now confirmed that the Vulcan will, for the first time, get a chance to really stretch its legs at one of the most famous racing locations of them all; the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
This weekend’s showpiece event of the Blancpain Endurance Series, the 24 Hours of Spa, will see the British marque’s ultimate track-only machine showcasing its considerable powers as it completes two flying laps of the world-famous circuit. The man pushing the Vulcan to its 200mph-plus limits will be Aston Martin Racing’s works driver Darren Turner. Heavily involved in the design and development of the car from its inception, Turner boasts more than 20 years of experience in developing racing cars and is already very much used to putting the Vulcan’s little sister, the Vantage GTE, through its paces in the World Endurance Championship. He is certainly the ideal man to throw this beast around some of the most fabled corners of any racetrack in the world.