When a good friend of mine dropped me a message saying we should come over on the weekend and have a look at what was sitting in the garage, I didn’t mind too much about dragging myself out of bed early because I knew that there was something special waiting for us. Now what was sitting in the garage was not one, but two immaculate red 500SL convertibles. Classic, elegant and desirable. But we were more interested in the thing that was sitting in between them… the Aston Martin Vulcan.
Now this is what I can tell you about the Vulcan (off the top of my head):
– There is no key, the key is the steering wheel.
– The steering wheel comes in a mega cool box which looks like it should contain a nuclear detonator.
– It has a big wing which you can also use as a table (unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to).
– It has the price tag of many monies.
– That many monies buys you a car with a dedicated crotch cooling system. No… Seriously.
– It’s rear wheel drive.
– It has Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2’s wrapped around the rims.
– There are 24 of them, all of which have been sold. (This one is Chassis 16)
– They all have naturally aspirated 7 litre V12 engines which produce a ridiculous sound.
– They’re all most definitely not road legal (although there are rumours going around saying someone wants to make theirs road legal blah blah blah…)
The Aston Martin Vulcan produces 811 BHP, around 590 pounds foot of torque, can get from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 224mph. All of this in a car that only weighs 1350kg. How much does this all cost you ask? $2.3M base (around £1.8M).
I can’t tell you how it drives, but after having many conversations with the owner about various track days he’s done from the very first (where you’re running on a lower power output), to the full fat, no nonsense 811 horses blasting around Spa-Francorchamps. It drives… er, well. Going around a corner with that much downforce was described “like going backwards and forwards at the same time”.
Although I can’t tell you how it drives, I can tell you that it’s bloody hard getting in and out of. I’m 6ft 4 and wide-set, there was no way I was getting into the drivers seat unless the steering column was removed. I did somehow manage to get into the passenger seat and as expected… it was really tight. But not uncomfortable. I’ve been in tight bucket seats before (the 675LT in the skinny person fit isn’t great for me) but the RECARO buckets seats in the Vulcan were actually surprisingly comfortable. But getting out was difficult to say the least.
The design of the Vulcan is simply like nothing else I’d seen from Aston Martin before. When this car debuted at Geneva in 2015, I thought it was a concept car and I mean who’d blame me. The only recognisable Aston Martin trait is the gaping front grille and the badges. Everything else looked straight out of some crazy sci-fi movie set in 2050. This particular car has received the full Yiannimize treatment with black chrome being the primary colour with red accents all over the car and also those all important St. George’s flags on the side. If someone was to ask me what my favourite part of this car was aesthetically, it’d be the rear lights. They are just mesmerising to look at.
It’s been a truly great start to 2017 with this being my first of many shoots to come this year.
Go check out Aston Martin Vulcan Chassis 16’s Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/vulcan16
Go check out Jo’s and Chris’s Instagrams for more photos on this crazy car.
@skullsandsnaps – Jo
@munch997 – Chris
P.S. Jo also did a Vlog on YouTube, go check it out!