If there is just one car that I want Jeremy Clarkson to take for a drive RIGHT THIS SECOND, it’s Aston Martin’s flashy new big boy toy, The Vulcan. After hyping the car for months with videos, Aston Martin is prepared to unveil their next generation super car at the Geneva Auto Show next week in Switzerland. With a sticker price of $2.33 million, the ultra British luxury car is more a private spacechip than a plane: It has a side exhaust that shoots flames when revved for blastoff, boasts a massive 7.0-liter V12 engine, and claims somewhere slightly north of 800 horsepower. As Car and Throttle notes, that is 50-more HP than the automaker’s current super car, the One-77. Only 24 Vulcans will be made, according to Aston Martin.
Here’s the thing: You can’t use a car this powerful to pick up your date for a night out at Applebees; The Vulcan is not exactly street legal. Rather, it’s intended to live in the ecosystem that it thrives in: The track. The Verge explains what you’re getting from Aston Martin if you spend that $2.3 million on this whip:
However, buying a Vulcan isn’t like buying a car — it’s more like signing up to be a test pilot. You can’t just take the Vulcan out on the road (it’s track-only), and new owners are offered a free program of “intensive track driver training.” Essentially this means going back to driving school, but with a car this powerful, it’s a must for all but the most experienced drivers. Plus, in this case, instruction is being given by Aston Martin Racing drivers such as Le Mans-winning Darren Turner, and the training cars are vehicles like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Vantage GT4, and One-77.
Still… That engineering gives me goosebumps. Watch this teaser trailer:
LOOK AT THOSE FLAMES. I. I… I need a second. GIF via Business Insider:
Here are more pics. What a badass car. More pics via The Verge:
[H/T: Business Insider]