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Mike Stevens | Feb, 25 2015 | 6 Comments

Aston Martin has given its new Vulcan special an early unveiling today, revealing the powerful new hypercar ahead of its Geneva debut next week.

Hypercar is the operative word, here, but the Vulcan is more than that.

Taking on the likes of Ferrari’s exra-special LaFerrari FXX K, the Porsche 918 RSR and the newly revealed McLaren P1 GTR, the Vulcan is all about racetrack supremacy.

In fact, the Vulcan is so focused on that one task that, again like the Ferrari and McLaren, it can’t even be driven on the road. Not legally, anyway.

Aston says it will build just 24 examples of the Vulcan, and although it’s not talking price, reports point to a number in the vicinity of three. (Followed by six zeroes.)

The Vulcan is nearly unrecognisable as an Aston, but a handful of the brand’s key styling traits are there, including the familiar outline of the brand’s iconic grille up front and a new take on its parenthetical tail lamps at the rear.

Under the flesh, you’ll find the same carbon-fibre tub that formed the skeleton of Aston’s last extra-hot special, the One-77. Both cars also share the same 2791mm wheelbase.

The Vulcan is around 200mm wider, however, and without all the requisite road-safety tech, the racer is also a handy 150kg lighter. It will, of course, comply with the relevant FIA safety requirements.

Power in the Vulcan is provided by Aston’s 7.0 litre V12, comfortably outclassing the One-77’s 522kW to become the most powerful version yet of the big naturally-aspirated engine.

All of that go is sent to the rear wheels through a rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission, matched to an integral limited-slip differential.

Other tricks include a magnesium torque tube and a carbon-fibre propeller shaft, race-specific pushrod suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars, and huge Brembo-gripped carbon ceramic brake discs measuring 380mm up front and 360mm at the rear.

The company is keeping quiet on performance details for now, with a promise to reveal all at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Stay tuned to TMR for that.

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