Geneva ’15. Track-only Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin has unveiled one of its more quirkily named models ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut, the track-only Vulcan.

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Designed to look as mental as can be, the new hypercar has actually been developed to take on the Ferrari FXX K and McLaren’s P1 GTR, hence the quite biblical ‘800bhp-plus’ produced by its naturally aspirated 7-litre V12 (not a hint of hybrid powertrain here). In a nod to the company’s endurance racing success, only 24 will be built and only the most dedicated Aston customers need have their deposit cheques ready.

Which, by the way, will be thumpingly huge. Based loosely on the One-77 – with a dash of DB10 thrown in for good measure – the new Vulcan is set to cost around $2.3million per whack. With that though comes Marek Reichmann’s latest striking design, complete with low-set front grille, slick headlights and air intake festooned front bumper fashioned from carbon fibre. The Vulcan though is more than just a money making exercise for rich playboys: chances are we’ll see similar design traits on the new DB9 and V8 Vantage, both of which are due within the next two years.

The carbon fibre feast continues on the inside, which has been completely stripped to reduce the overall weight to 1350kg (150kg less than the One-77). As well as the V12 powertrain – which is mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox – the Vulcan also boasts FIA-approved limited slip diff, carbon ceramic brake discs (380mm at the front, 360mm at the rear) and 19-inch performance Michelin tyres, controlled via pushrod suspension and active dampers.

Each of the 24 lucky recipients will also be offered tutelage from two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner – and former Dubai 24 Hours podium finisher – Darren Turner.

And don’t ask, we’ve no idea what Aston Martin’s latest has to do with Trekkies either…

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