(Nerve)-pinch me. I must be dreaming. Aston Martin has one-upped the Supercar competition by designing an all-carbon fiber vehicle with a 7-liter, V12 engine with more than 800-horsepower. (For reference, that carbon fiber Kawasaki we covered back in October topped out at a measly 300hp.)
It’s so out-of-this-world, they’re calling it the Vulcan. (In reference to Star Trek? We’re not so sure. But we’re rolling with the puns either way.) And, by the looks of it, the way Aston Martin achieved such power and speed was by cutting some of the weight with its carbon fiber monocoque and body, constructed by Multimatic, the company’s long-term, body engineering specialist.
“Utilizing the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s annual World Endurance Championship.”
That’s straight from the Vulcan’s official press release. And it’s followed by a series of specs that, to a guy who’s about $2.3 million short of owning one of his own — that’s the real price tag by the way — it might as well have been written in Klingon.
“… integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.”
nuq puH Duj! (Apparently, that translates to “what a car!” in Klingon.)
All joking aside, Aston Martin’s taking this enterprise pretty seriously. Not only is the Vulcan a track-only vehicle, but, because of its insane horsepower, they’re offering a “Fast-track Training” program that will allow each of its 24 exclusive owners to refine their driving skills through a series of “practical and theoretical driver training events.”
One such event involves test driving a V12 Vantage S, at 560hp, and then the One-77 road car, at 750hp, and then the 2-time champion Vantage GT4 race car, just to get a feel for things before hopping into the Vulcan.
“Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar,” says Dr. Andy Palmer, AM’s CEO.
It’s also their future. (Palmer plans on implementing some of the Vulcan’s designs into other, more mainstream cars.) Which means that our good friend carbon fiber will be able to live, long, and prosper like it has for some time.
For more information on the Vulcan, you can read Aston Martin’s official press release here.