Oh, to be among the truly wealthy. Not just rich, mind you, but one of those guys for whom prices are irrelevant. The sort of guy whom Aston Martin will proactively reach out to when it's time to assign out the 24 slots for this exquisite $2.3-million monster: the Vulcan.
Like the Ferrari FXX K and McLaren P1 GTR, the Aston Martin Vulcan is a track-only special for a select few. With ownership comes many privileges, like access to both simulator time and real hands-on tutoring by serious race-car drivers like Darren Turner as they work their way up a ladder of training cars that includes the V12 Vantage S, ONE-77, and Vantage GT4 racer. It's all in the interest of best preparing owners hit the world's great racing circuits in the 800-hp Vulcan.
Yup: 800 horsepower from the car's front-mid-engine, naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V12. That, combined with the Multimatic-supplied carbon-fiber monocoque and dead-sexy carbon-fiber bodywork, results in a power-to-weight ratio that Aston says exceeds that of the GTE-class racers you see duking it out at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Vulcan also features a magnesium torque tube, a carbon-fiber driveshaft, big Brembo carbon-ceramic race brakes, 345/30 x 19 rear wheels, and an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox. The rear wing and diffuser make the ones attached to the just-announced Vantage GT3 road/track machine look tame.
Underpinning it all is a pushrod suspension backed up with Multimatic-sourced Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars, along with driver-adjustable ABS and variable traction control.
The cockpit is all business, yet manages to be beautiful, and the intimate club of Vulcan owners will have essentially free reign to customize their cars' color and trim through Aston Martin's Q personalization program.
Oh, and yeah, it spits flames out of those sidepipes:
More details, including performance numbers, will be released later in 2015 when the car debuts on track. The public can see it in person next week in Geneva.
Oh, and if Aston calls you to see if you want a spot, just let your man at the bank know he needs to send them $2.3 million (£1.5 million)... the applicable taxes.
Then put on your fire suit and wait patiently by your chopper.