At the Vulcan’s core is a two-seat carbonfibre tub derived from that used by the One-77. About 50% of the tub is new, with the chassis made stiffer and lighter and adapted to fit a full FIA-spec roll cage. Aston has worked with engineering firm Multimatic on the chassis and body development, as it did with the One-77.
The engine is mounted front-midship, with about 50% of it extending back into the cockpit. It is an AMR-developed normally aspirated 800bhp-plus 7.0-litre V12 that drives the rear wheels through an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox derived from the Vantage GTE race car’s. The titanium exhaust has two side exits, and Reichman promises flames on downshifts and a sound “to make you stand up and notice”. A 200mph-plus top speed is expected.
The Vulcan could prove to be the swansong for the normally aspirated V12 engine in an Aston Martin. The V12 is sure to live on in the next generation of Astons but is likely to adopt turbocharging in the future.
The suspension is a pushrod set-up derived from racing. The dampers are adjustable, as are the anti-roll bars. The braking system features Brembo calipers and carbon-ceramic discs, measuring 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear, and an adjustable anti-lock braking system sourced from Bosch.
The tech spec also includes a variable traction control system, an integral limited-slip differential, a magnesium torque tube with a carbonfibre propeller shaft, lightweight magnesium centre-locking 19in alloy wheels and 345/30 bespoke Michelin tyres.
Reichman promises a “visceral driving experience” for the Vulcan: “It’s a very connected car but one you always feel in control of. Drive it and you will feel everything it is doing.”
The Vulcan has the same 2.8-metre wheelbase as the One-77 and is 2.2m wide, some 200mm wider than the One-77. It is also about 100mm lower than the 1.2m-tall One-77 and is 150kg lighter, at 1350kg.
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Reichman says the Vulcan is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of Aston’s ‘power, beauty, soul’ ethos.
“This is clearly a very powerful car,” he told Autocar. “The beauty is there to see. This is a track car but one done with perfect proportions and surfacing in mind, all natural and created from form and shape in our typical way. The soul comes from the team. We’ve got our best engineers and designers on this car. It’s the sort of car a designer gets up in the morning for.”
The Vulcan’s dramatic design mixes a full aerodynamic package with a sculpted carbonfibre body and keen attention to detail through such features as the titanium side strakes and dramatic rear lights made from 27 individual light bars on each side.
Reichman says the front-end design provides big clues to the future of Aston’s sports cars, doing away with a traditional grille. “This will be a huge influence for our future sports cars,” he said. “The face of the cars in particular, although we have time to develop that.
“We will take on board a much more athletic appearance for future sports cars than now. There will be more shock and surprise, more form following function with more aero and technical influence.”
The two-seat interior focuses on being lightweight but it is not a stripped-out affair. It is very driver centric and completely tailored around the driving experience, with typical Aston quality and craftsmanship and ‘jewellery’ detailing. Materials such as Alcantara, leather, carbonfibre, aluminium and titanium are all used, and every part of the interior, like the exterior, is ‘designed’, right down to the direction of the weave on exposed pieces of carbonfibre.