As if the first episode of The Grand Tour was not enough, it just received even better with a jaw-dropping beast of a car – the 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan Review
Martin Vulcan hypercar. Jeremy Clarkson gets behind the wheel of this track-solely monster (the vein of the Ferrari FXX Ok and the McLaren P1 GTR) and although he tries his best to tell us in regards to the automobile, there’s only so much the show can give us.
With that being stated, we wished to take a more in-depth take a look at the Vulcan and understand how it made Jezza really feel like he was locked in a room with a bear who’s ready to assault!
Just to briefly elaborate on the bear, Jeremy describes the sensation of being behind the wheel:
"Not going to say it’s like being attacked by a bear, it isn’t, however it is like being in a room with a bear that is considering of attacking you."
Coming it at a worth-tag of £1.8million that delivers a whopping 800 horsepower from its insane 7.zero-litre V12 engine (to put it in context, that’s more than a Le Mans LMP1 car), the mighty Vulcan seems to have shaken Clarkson to the core in the first few laps round Eboladrome.
High pace you say? Glad you asked. Effectively the Vulcan can hit speeds of 224mph (360kph) which quite frankly, is thoughts-blowingly fast. The Vulcan can reach zero-60mph in less than 2.9 seconds.
The interior of the Vulcan is nearly as spectacular as the outside with a light-as-a-feather roll cage coming in a 32kg, carbon fibre racing seats and 6-point racing harness to lock the pilot, er, driver in.
I was lucky enough to speak with the owner of a Vulcan, which turned out to be the identical proprietor who let The Grand Tour borrow it for a test and he agreed to let me have a seat in the car. When I obtained in, I was welcomed by an F1-type steering wheel that even had a pit lane limiter button and my desires of flying a jet fighter have been nearly coming true.
If my coronary heart was racing just being sat inside, I wouldn’t prefer to suppose how I'd cope if we obtained it transferring!
Don’t let the hefty price put you off, as all 24 of those comes with a squadron of mechanics to maintain this incredible piece of equipment in tip-top condition. The only factor that is missing (as Jeremy came to finding out after completing the test), is the dearth of a handbrake.
Clarkson describes the Vulcan beautifully:
"What I love most of all, it’s not a test bed or what cars will likely be like sooner or later, it’s a celebration of what they were like in the past. What it is, is old time rock and roll".
The principle question although, how briskly can it get around the Eboladrome monitor… Nicely, it couldn’t get any higher on the leaderboard if it tried.