Aston Martin’s wildest-ever creation - the track-only Vulcan, has been taken to new extremes with a performance upgrade package developed by the company’s new performance brand, AMR. Making its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Vulcan AMR Pro gets extensive aerodynamic enhancements and shortened gearing to produce increased downforce, greater response and reduced lap times.
Built in a limited run of just 24 cars and delivered to customers in 2016, the 820bhp Vulcan was conceived to deliver the performance of Aston Martin’s Le Mans race cars. The Vulcan AMR Pro’s aerodynamic enhancements begin at the front-end with louvered panels added above the front wheel arches to extract high pressure air and reduce aerodynamic lift. A sizeable pair of dive planes have been added to each side of the nose to help pin the front-end to the track and the huge front splitter has turning vanes fitted to its underside to improve steering response. Weight has also been saved with optimisation of the carbon fibre lay-up and core form reducing the weight of the engine cover by 5kg.
Changes to the rear are equally effective and even more dramatic, courtesy of a new rear wing. The combined effect of these aerodynamic changes is a major increase in downforce, from the standard Vulcan’s 3150Nm to an astonishing 4000Nm. This compares to 3104Nm generated by the 2017 Le Mans winning Vantage GTE.
The AMR Pro upgrade package will be installed by Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations. Work is already underway on the first upgrades, with the first customer cars expected to be completed in the coming months.