the Vulcan, Aston's 832hp, track-only hypercar. Today's news is that it is no longer the pinnacle of Aston Martin performance, being replaced at the top of the tree by the Vulcan AMR Pro. Explaining the decision to further enhance what was already an incredibly potent car, Chief Special Operations Officer David King revealed that once all 24 customer cars had been delivered, "Like anything with a motorsport mindset... we started thinking about how to make it quicker."
Exactly how much quicker we don't yet know, but we do know that the focus of the work on the AMR Pro is largely aerodynamic, with increased downforce the priority.
At the front, louvred panels above the Vulcan's wheel arches extract high pressure air and reduce aerodynamic lift. A "sizeable pair" of dive planes is attached to each side of the nose, helping to pin the frontend to the track, and turning vanes are fitted to the underside of the front splitter, improving steering response.
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The aero changes also have the added effect of improving the Vulcan's balance, shifting its Centre of Pressure closer to the middle of the car and improving traction, steering response and front-end grip in the process. The gear ratios are shortened for improved acceleration, making the Vulcan AMR Pro even more "explosive between the corners", and 5kg of weight has been saved by optimising the design and construction of the carbon fibre engine cover. According to Autocar, the upgrade will cost between £100,000 - £150,000 with around a third of Vulcan owners expected to opt for it.
Officially revealed today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, work is already underway on upgrading the first customer cars, which are expected to be completed in the Autumn. Hopefully that paint scheme is optional!