Driven - July 2017

More Power, More Downforce: Aston Martin Vulcan AMR PRO

ASTON MARTIN VULCAN AMR PRO

ASTON MARTIN VULCAN AMR PRO

In 2015, the gentlemen from Aston Martin showed us a side we never thought they possessed when they introduced the Vulcan, a vehicle which they described as being “wild, intense and for the track only.” It was a confusing time for all of us but now they have taken that car to what they call ‘extremely breath-taking new extremes’ in the form of the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR PRO, for those who thought that the ‘normal’ 600 kW, lap time destroyer wasn’t enough…

The numbers are just overwhelming, especially considering that this is Aston Martin for crying out loud, the same people who are worried about which cow their leather comes from. The new Aston Martin Vulcan AMR PRO boasts incredible performance – the 7.0-litre V12 has been slightly turned up to 611 kW, but the AMR PRO team has focused more on aerodynamic enhancements to the vehicle.

ASTON MARTIN VULCAN AMR PRO

Starting from the front, the car has louvered panels that have been added above the wheel arches to extract high-pressure air and reduce aerodynamic lift; a pair of dive planes have also been added to each side of the nose to help pin the front end to the track. A huge front splitter has turning vanes fitted to its underside to improve steering response, as well as a new carbon fibre lay-up core form, saving 5 kg. They have pretty much added fuel to the fire with all these improvements – the rear wing was crazy enough on the Vulcan and now it has a double plane rear wing! All these aerodynamic modifications increase downforce from 3150 N.m to a colossal 4000 N.m, not even Aston Martin’s Le Mans racing car, the Vantage GTE, creates that much force. Way to go Aston!

ASTON MARTIN VULCAN AMR PRO

Now it must be noted that Aston Martin has only made 24 Vulcans, all of which have been sold; and the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR PRO upgrades will only be available to the owners of the existing 24 Vulcans. It would be interesting to find out just how many of the 24 Vulcan owners thought to themselves, “this car isn’t enough…” Looking at the stats, it would appear that Aston Martin went all out with the Vulcan and all out with the AMR PRO Upgrade, so the question begs to be asked – how much more can they offer? The car made its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend and for those that are curious as to how much the upgrades will set you back, to tell you the truth, you’re not rich enough.