Wild track-only special taken to a whole new level of crazy
The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro has been revealed for the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, bringing a range of aerodynamic enhancements to the British marque's already-manic track-only supercar.
Compared to the 'standard' Vulcan, the Aston Martin Racing (AMR) Pro version gets new louvred panels above the front wheel arches to reduce aerodynamic lift, dive planes at each side of the nose and a new front splitter with turning vanes to improve steering response.
Optimisation of the carbon-fibre lay-up and core for the engine cover has saved five kilograms, while a new dual-pane rear wing sports a 20mm 'Gurney' flap on the tailing edge and additional 15mm Gurneys on the end plates to maximise downforce.
These changes have helped to increase the Vulcan's downforce figure from 3150Nm, to 4000Nm. By comparison, the AMR Vantage GTE race car which took out a class win at the 2017 Le Mans event generates 3104Nm of downforce.
Under the bonnet is the same 611kW 7.0-litre V12 as the 'standard' car, though the six-speed sequential transmission's ratios have been shortened to deliver "intensified" acceleration.
"It’s an incredible car in every respect - looks, sound and of course, performance," said Darren Turner, Aston Martin Racing works driver.
"We worked hard to ensure it’s not a monster to drive, so it was important the AMR Pro upgrade remains true to that objective. By increasing the overall level of downforce front and rear, but also improving the balance of the car we’ve done just that."
"Together with the shortened gearing, which makes it even more punchy when you accelerate through the gears, the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro feels more agile and responsive to steering inputs. When you get the aero working through a fast corner it really is an unbelievable feeling," he added.
Just 24 examples of the Vulcan were built in 2016, with all versions confined to track use. The AMR Pro package is available to all current owners of the Vulcan, with work already underway on the first upgrades.
The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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