Let’s start with the name of Aston’s new megapowered track star first. It almost certainly has you thinking of Mr. Spock, or possibly—if you’re too sad to be seen in public—another more obscure Star Trek character, like T’Pau. But Aston Martin’s Britishness means the Vulcan name is more likely a reference to the astonishingly loud Cold War bombers.
Regardless of its namesake, the Vulcan is set to be the most extreme not-quite-roadgoing Aston Martin yet, a limited-edition, track-only hypercar that’s clearly aimed at the same bit of the market as the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR. You know, the bit where the billionaire adrenaline junkies hang out. Only 24 Vulcans will be produced, and buyers will also get, according to the official release, “the opportunity to precisely tailor their track-day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.”
Power comes from a version of the company’s familiar V-12 engine that’s been developed with assistance from Aston Martin Racing. It displaces 7.0 liters and produces “800-plus” horsepower. For reference, the Aston One-77, which was rarely accused of being a slouch, managed 750 horsepower from 7.3 liters.