Aston Martin Vulcan unleashed
The new Aston Martin Vulcan track-only supercar has run in public for the first time with a starring role at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Vulcan is being showcased in the Supercar Paddock of the 23rd annual festival and made its global dynamic debut with runs up the 1.86km hillclimb course in West Sussex.
Aston Martin Racing’s FIA World Endurance Championship driver Darren Turner piloted the all-carbon fibre Vulcan during Friday’s opening day activities at Goodwood.
The production run for the Vulcan will be limited to 24 examples and the car is powered by the most potent iteration yet of Aston Martin’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine.
Aston Martin Vulcan makes its public debut at Goodwood. Picture/Supplied.
Performance targets for the Vulcan include the capability of sprinting from 0-60mph (96km/h) in less than three seconds and a top speed of more than 200mph (322km/h).
"Seeing the Aston Martin Vulcan unleashed at Goodwood is a memory I will cherish for many years,’’ said Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer.
"We wanted to give this car its debut on ‘home soil’, and where better than at this hugely popular and globally renowned event.”
The new car’s 800-plus bhp powerplant has been developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing while the front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience.
The carbon fibre monocoque and body has been constructed by Aston Martin’s long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic.
The car has an integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and has Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.
Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox.
Track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control.
The Vulcan was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. Aston Martin says the design of the car will allow owners to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of power and dynamic performance adjustments.