Aston Martin Vulcan

At this weekend’s 24 Hours of Spa, the Aston Martin Vulcan is set to make its on-track debut after its appearance at last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015.

Just before the endurance race commences, the track-only Vulcan will complete two flying laps at Spa-Francorchamps. During these laps, the car will be piloted by Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner who helped design and develop the car from its inception.

Discussing his involvement with the car’s creation as well as its upcoming Spa appearance, Turner said “It’s been amazing to have been involved in this project from the beginning. From the conceptual sketches through to working with the designers on driver ergonomics, it is a fascinating process to be part of.

“It was very early days for the car when we first ran it at Goodwood Festival of Speed, but we certainly made a good impression and now we get to show the car in its most natural environment. I’m looking forward to our laps prior to the race and then being able to watch one of the best 24-hour events on the calendar,” he said.

Powering the Aston Martin Vulcan is an entirely new engine which holds the accolade as the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production engine and contrary to previous reports, it is unrelated to the Aston Martin One-77’s 7.3-litre V12. In fact, it has been developed by Aston Martin Racing and is a V12 displacing 7.0-litres and delivering over 800 hp. Certain specifications about the engine remain unclear but it will reportedly help power the Aston Martin Vulcan to a top speed exceeding 320 km/h (200 mph).


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