Aston Martin debuted their newest track car, the Vulcan, a limited edition 800-plus-horsepower beast at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.
The Vulcan boasts a body and monocoque chassis made entirely of carbon fibre, making the car extremely light; and a 7.0-liter V12 returning more than 800 horsepower. Together they give the Vulcan a power-to-weight ratio better than some cars in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship.
The front-mid-engined car is also built to handle extremely well, and comes with the same Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers fitted to the Aston Martin One-77. (The suspension dampers were engineered by Markham, Ontario-based Multimatic, who will also build the Vulcan’s carbon-fibre chassis tub.)
The Vulcan draws heavily on Aston Martin’s motorsports experience and is, essentially, a private race car, but that doesn’t mean the automaker’s neglected the car’s styling. The low, wide proportioning and sharp creases are apparently suggestive of Aston Martin’s future design language.
Vulcan customers – and there won’t be many; Aston Martin is limiting production to 24 units – will be offered a spot in an intensive driver training program prior to delivery of their cars in 2016.
The program will pair owners with veteran race car drivers and help them build experience in, first, V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars, then Vantage GT4 race cars, and finally their own Vulcan sports cars.
The cars may be optioned out via Aston Martin’s bespoke customization program, the automaker noted in their press release. While pricing was not made available, it is estimated the car may cost close to two million dollars.
The British automaker also pulled off one of the show’s biggest surprises with the reveal of a brand new all-electric concept car, the DBX.