Have you ever laid eyes on a car like the Aston Martin Vulcan? If you never seen this car before, you can't possibly begin to imagine how sleek it really looks as it races across the track. While it’s easily one of the best performing race cars in existence, it seems like it's also one that a lot of people know relatively little about. This is probably because the car in and of itself is fairly rare. That being said, if you love cars, this is one you'll definitely want to find out more information about. You can read about 10 interesting things related to this car below.
1. It's not designed to go anywhere but the track
While this is a great looking car that anyone would be happy to have, it is not street legal in any capacity. Therefore, it's never seen any time on the street, unless of course you decide to count the racetrack.
2. It's designed to pay homage to other Aston Martin automobiles
The car is relatively new, and has only been around for a few years. As a matter of fact, the first one came into existence in 2015. This is a car that takes elements from several other Aston Martin vehicles, compiling them all together in order to create one super car.
3. It's produced in very limited numbers
This is obviously not a car that's mass-produced. Since it's only designed to be used on the racetrack, there are relatively few that have been made. To date, only 24 have ever been built. That's exactly how Aston Martin designed it, as they wanted the car to be a limited edition that would be produced in very tight numbers.
4. The car was conceived in-house
Aston Martin has never been known to go outside of their facilities in order to get things done and this was no exception. In reality, the car is the brainchild of one of their creative officers, whose job it is to come up with new automobiles.
5. The engine is unique, to say the least
One of the most unique things about this car is its engine. There are actually three different power settings, one for 500 horsepower, one for 675 horsepower, and one for a little more than 800 horsepower. All the driver needs to do in order to select the chosen setting is move the knob inside the cockpit.
6. The car is designed to hug the road like nothing else
Obviously, any car that's able handle that kind of horsepower also has to be able to hug the road. This car is designed with a wide wheel base that's capable of sitting low to the ground, not to mention incorporating a spoiler on the back that is there to make sure the rear end doesn't get too light in the corners.
7. There is also has plenty of stopping power
You can't have a car that's capable of out driving practically everything else on the road unless it's able to stop at a moment's notice, too. This one utilizes oversized carbon ceramic brakes in order to get the job done, and it does so quite effectively.
8. It's not your average race car
High performance cars from different automakers are typically owned by the factory. Therefore, they are approved to compete on race day but when the race is over, the drivers have to turn them back over to the factory. That's not so with the Aston Martin. Drivers purchase the cars, to the tune of just over two million dollars a piece, but when the race is over, the car is theirs to keep.
9. There's one company in the world that can make this car street legal
The company is called RML and it's based in Britain. It's the only company that's capable of making the necessary modifications to turn this racer into a street-legal machine. In fact, the modifications are so expensive, it takes about a year-and-a-half to modify just one vehicle.
10. They stand by their work
While it takes a long time and a lot of money to make the car street legal, RML will also make the modifications necessary to undo everything they have previously done and turn the car back into a racer, all at no additional cost. Considering the cost of the car itself, that's good to know.
Written by Garrett Parker
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