This Vulcan heralds the future
When is a concept car not a concept car? When it’s the Aston Martin Vulcan. The British marque’s latest supercar is a 7-litre, V12 track-only monster. With more than 800hp, this front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, carbon-fibre creation is more powerful than an F1 car. And while it won’t quite have the latter’s power-to-weight ratio, Aston Martin says it will outstrip one of its GTE cars from the World Endurance Championship.
That, quite frankly, is a lot of power, and being able to afford the hefty price tag doesn’t necessarily confer the talent to use it wisely. Which is why anyone buying one of the 24 Vulcans currently in production will get the opportunity to participate in an intensive driver training programme. The Vulcan was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and made much of the fact it was styled in-house and features “a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sportscars”. Phrases like this are often heard at motor shows, where car makers want to float a balloon to test whether people like or loathe their vision. With the Vulcan, Aston Martin has a double-whammy: a styling concept for show and something they can sell.
The new McLaren Longtail craves competition
Also making its debut at Geneva was the long-awaited McLaren 675LT. Trading on the Longtail monicker last associated with the GTR derivative of the McLaren F1 road car, the 675LT is the latest variant of the 650S. The new McLaren has shed around 100kg, and its 3.8-litre V8 engine has been heavily revised to deliver more power. The body has been tweaked to generate greater downforce, as well as improvements made to the 650S’s active airbrake. McLaren is quoting figures of 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 330kph (that’s 205mph for those who prefer their performance old-school). The figures suggest a model destined for racing, and the 675LT’s lack of creature comforts – no air-conditioning, etc – seems to support this. McLaren, however, is keen to point out that the 1,230kg supercar is entirely road-legal.
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