Being generous with luxury and going low with volume, Aston Martin latest models is all about enticing the ardent connoisseur
Aston Marin believes in nuggets of luxury. And the obsession among connoisseurs to posses it is accentuated by the fact that the car maker puts in abundance of elements to make it a prized possession. This year, it did it again with the Aston Martin Vulcan. No wonder then that the latest Bond movie ‘Spectre’ had reserved prominent screen space for it.
While abundant in excellence, Vulcan is scarce. The limited edition, track-only supercar is touted to be the luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date and is limited to just 24 examples worldwide. But it allows owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.
Aston Martin Vulcan draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience and utilising the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s annual World Endurance Championship.
Powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing the Aston Martin Vulcan is predicted to be capable of sprinting from rest to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds, and achieving a top speed of over 200mph.
According to Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, the Vulcan is one of the brand’s rarest cars. “More people would have flown in a space shuttle than a ride in this car,” he says with a sense of pride.
Costing 1.5 million pounds, the car has not incorporated a single piece of steel; everything being an alloy with the body in carbon fiber. “The engine is hand built and the idea of making such car is that there are a lot of our customers who wanted to have a real track experience of driving Aston Martin cars and a they normally leave it on the track located in different parts of the world and drive it on the track during a weekend, getting instructions from the race drivers,” he elaborates.
According to Reichman, they were approached by Eon productions in April 2014 to make a special car for the Bond film ‘Spectre’ and to be delivered by September 2015. “Since it has been made specifically for James Bond, we built only 10 numbers and called it DB10. All these 10 cars have been used in the film,” he notes.
Reasoning out the 24 limited numbers, Reichman says, “We normally race in 24 hours endurance racing and this year, the number has another relevance — it is the 24th bond movie.”