► Track-only supercar most extreme Aston yet
► Codenamed the Aston Martin Vulcan
► Will be unveiled at 2015 Geneva motor show
Aston Martin hasn’t had a true halo product in its stable since the One-77 ended production in 2012. That hypercar drought is about to end: Aston will pull the covers from an extreme, track-only supercar at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March codenamed the Aston Martin Vulcan.
Tantalisingly, it’s described by the company as ‘the most extreme Aston Martin in our 102-year history.’ Aston hasn’t revealed any images of the car yet, but has published the teaser video below which at least gives us a clue as to how it will sound. Pretty epic, it seems.
Track-only? So the Aston Martin Vulcan won’t be road-legal?
Nope, this is an Aston destined for the race track only. It’s inspired by the company’s motorsport programmes, we’re told. No doubt some of the know-how gained from the development of Aston’s various successful Le Mans racers will have been applied to the Vulcan project.
An extreme supercar that’s been built for the track only – the Vulcan sounds very much like it’s been created in the mould of McLaren’s P1 GTR and Ferrari’s FXX-K. Like those two cars, we understand there’ll be a unique ‘experience programme’ thrown in with the car’s no-doubt hefty price tag. Customers of the McLaren, for example, benefit from a dedicated team to run the car for them at various international race circuits, personalised driver coaching and telemetry sessions and a tailored fitness programme – expect something along similar lines for the Vulcan.
How much, how fast?
Since this is being billed as the most extreme Aston ever, it'll need to outstrip the carbon monocoque, carbon-bodied One-77, which generated 750bhp from its 7.3-litre Cosworth-fettled naturally aspirated V12 and topped 220mph. We suspect this new machine will be more about cornering speed than outright V-max, however. As for the price, it's unlikely to start below seven figures. The One-77 was priced around the £1.1 million mark.
What does that video tell us about the Aston Martin Vulcan?
Apart from the name, which is more likely to have been inspired by the iconic bomber than Mr Spock, the noise in the video is that of the actual car. Maybe we’re reading too much into it, but is that a hint of turbo whoosh on the overrun towards the end of the vid? Naturally aspirated engines are becoming an increasingly rare species, after all...
Guessing there probably won’t be many Vulcans made?
Production will be strictly limited, and unlikely to top more than 30 cars – and they won’t be cheap. Stay tuned for more information on the Aston Martin Vulcan very soon.