It seems like every luxury car-maker in the land is building a track-day dynamo. The Aston Martin Vulcan is not just the latest to jump into the limited-run ring, it is—arguably—the coolest. The Gaydon-based legacy company is unveiling the Vulcan (no relation to the humanoid creatures on Star Trek) at the Geneva Motor Show.
Here are the details, gleaned from info that Aston has leaked: The engine is a 7.0-liter V-12, a powerplant that we wholeheartedly support. It spits fire, sounds like a squadron of killing machines flying in formation, and it produces 800-horsepower, which is plenty considering it will be as light as Aston Martin's professional GTE racer built in the same shop.
This is not a hybrid, a la the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ford GT, or the track-built McLarens and Ferraris we've oggled over the past couple years. It is a defiant petrol-burner, with a mid-engine placement that spins power to the rear-wheels like any old-timey racecar. It will be fast. Ridiculously fast. The bones of the car are made from a carbon-fiber monocoque, a carbon-fiber drive shaft, a magnesium torque tube, and a whole lot of other cool-sounding and very light material. Expect a power-to-weight ratio on par with AM's GTE cars. Expect ridiculous speeds.