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Old 23rd February 2016, 10:31   #1
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Yet another super car (no, its a hyper car), joins the busy list of exotics coming their way.
Ford GT
Bugatti Chiron
McLaren P14
Lamborgini Asterion
Chevrolet Corvette Zora

These are the vehicles that make news each time they shed a bit of camo to the whole world.

So what is it??

Vulcan is the God of fire as per ancient Roman myth. Seems British are running out of names for their cars from their home land. Ask Jermy Clarkson, he would give thousands of better and insane names for it. Somebody please talk to Amazon.

Talking about car, its the super car unveiled by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited in 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It carries the heart of AM Vantage GT3 racer, a 6.0L V12 churning out over 800bhp, in a new skin of carbon fiber.
In terms of figures, it is said to be nowhere close to the Mclaren P1 GTRs 986bhp, and Ferrari FXXKs 1036bhp monsters. Like P1 GTR & FXXK, Vulcan too is track only machine. Built to slay the tyres and rip apart the asphalt on the tracks. But saying that, its worthy to mention, Vulcan doesnt have a road-legal predecessor to it.

Aston Martin Vulcan is by far the most extreme car from the British automaker, but if we look at Ferrari and McLaren, they have been in the game for quite some time now and have released models like these before, suggesting that while Aston Martin is definitely in the game; others have been in the game much longer.

Like all above (may be except Chiron), Vulcan will lay on events at key tracks all over the world, train its drivers in fitness and nutrition and provide one-to-one track side tuition for those who want it. And its one piece of an art to be preserved for generations. And yea, only 24 of them will be produced, and I guess by now they are already booked out. Please dont ask the price, too lazy to put too many zeros.

Just to see how it performs on paper (Excel here), with their figures;
Note: - Figures are approximate, and taken from various inputs featured on web.
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Its 1.5 million pounds.
The ferrari and the mclaren may have better standing, better stakes as supercar makers, but nothing says taste and premium quite like an Aston Martin.
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Default Aston Martin Vulcan

I am surprised that we are only discussing this car now, almost a year after it was unveiled! But like they say, better late than never.
So here's a full geeky look into the Vulcan, including how it comes with two steering wheels, the start-up procedure and how the hydraulic jacks work, courtesy geek-lord Mr. Saab Kyle.

And if you prefer more action, here's Top Gear spanking the Vulcan around Yas Marina circuit. Flame-splitting and tire-smoking included.
http://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/vulcan/first-drive
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Its 1.5 million pounds.

Around 1.8 million pounds was what Aston Martin was asking at the time of launch. The red one featured in the video above is now up for sale for a whopping 2.4 million pounds or $3.4 million! That is still cheaper than what people are asking today for a LaFerrari.

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Now a days, most of the super car manufactures plonk some of their high end engines and couple it with electric motors to bring out unbelievable Bhp figures and torque enough to move the planet Earth out of solar system. Doing so, are they missing the rawness of pure mechanical power out of a IC engine & turbo?

In this way, I guess Vulcan is lot more unique. They tried to better a car from their own stable (AM one-77).

I always wonder about this, how it would be behind the wheel of hyper cars. Is it just a lot of power on demand and some noise? Saying that, I am almost alien to super car performance (except when I had a change to get behind the wheel of Audi R8 V10 & Gallardo).

Will there ever be some space left for pure IC engines in this era of hybrids?

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I always wonder about this, how it would be behind the wheel of hyper cars. Is it just a lot of power on demand and some noise? Saying that, I am almost alien to super car performance (except when I had a change to get behind the wheel of Audi R8 V10 & Gallardo).

Will there ever be some space left for pure IC engines in this era of hybrids?

Wonder is all that we lesser mortals can, alas! I did have a short stint behind the wheels of a Jaguar XK-R S and F-type R and if that was anything to go by, then these hybrid sports/super/hyper cars can only be much much better. They have all the drama and emotion of an internal combustion engine with the added 'boost' of electricity. It can only be a good thing, right?
And with over a hundred years and gazillion dollars invested in the internal combustion engines, it is safe to assume that they will be around for a long long time. But just pure ICE powered cars, I think they will still be around for atleast a decade more. The battery technology is still being developed and at a lightning fast pace. As the cost, complexity and weight comes down, they will start becoming more mainstream. But that is still some years away, if not decades.
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