The Aston Martin Vulcan Is the Perfect Opposite of a Road Car

Glorious and terrifyingly fast on a wide, F1-style track. Still stunning, but absolutely terrible anywhere else.

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The Aston Martin Vulcan is sub-zero cool, going beyond reason, built to make the world a happier place. It doesn't comply with regulations, because it doesn't want to race against any other car. All it was created for is to go around suitably wide tracks faster than the soundwaves leaving its sidepipes, daring others to lap it quicker, driving anything with a roof on.

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Unfortunately, there's a package available for those who intend to turn it into a road car, which is just silly, but not in a good way. Here's why.

The Vulcan packs Aston's ancient, yet fantastic V12 (7.0 liters worth in the Vulcan) in its purest form, tuned to send 820 horsepower to the rear. With such figures comes a lot of aero, wings and spoilers that only work at speed, with no road surface issues in sight. Raising its ride hight and toning down its exhausts just to be able to drive it ten miles a year on public roads with the PWR dial set to 500hp is no less than sacrilege. Plus, it won't work. It just won't, because it isn't supposed to.

The thing is, today, will buy you a McLaren P1 GTR converted to road-legal specification by Lanzante. McLaren built a total of 58 P1 GTRs, 27 of which got converted so far. And when you ask McLaren Special Operations why they let an outside company grab the job, they have a very simple answer: "The GTR isn't supposed to be a road car. If somebody wanted a road car, we built 375+ P1s."

Squeaky brakes, spines as shock absorbers, no roll-down windows, yet perfection on a closed circuit. That's the Aston Martin Vulcan, named after a badass bomber jet for a reason:

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