Aston Martin Vulcan, the 800 hp race car

Aston Martin … V12 … +800 hp … drop-dead gorgeous design … cool name Vulcan… does that sound good?
Well, actually it sounds awesome (see, or better, listen to the video below).

An unfortunate coincidence is that the Vulcan is introduced in the same week as the most famous Vulcan (Leonard Nimoy – aka Mr. Spock in Star Trek) died at the age of 84.

Nevertheless the Vulcan is an impressive and intimidating car (from almost each angle). The 7.0 litre V12 engine produces more than 800 horsepower (the exact figure hasn’t been disclosed). It is located in the nose of a carbon fiber monocoque which is covered with a carbon fiber body. All its power is guided through a six-speed sequential transmission to 345 wide 19-inch wheels covered with special Michelin race-tires. Carbon ceramic discs with Brembo callipers have the daunting task to stop this British beast.

Unfortunately this limited edition Aston (only 24 will be produced) is only intended for track-use (FIA-approved). Aston Martins factory pilot Darren Turner will support the lucky Vulcan-owners who take part in the racing development program taking them to tracks all around the globe.

Aston Martin promises several design cues will make their way into its future models. I’m especially looking forward to see the pointed orange filaments, making up the tail lights, make their appearance in the future Aston Martins. And I wouldn’t mind seeing such a sleek low nose and menacing looking headlights on future models either.