With only 24 Aston Martin Vulcan’s ever made, it’s a pretty big deal that the only one in the Southern Hemisphere is taking up residence in New Zealand.
Usually it bunks up in the Highlands Motorsport Park Museum in Cromwell, a multi million dollar garage owned by Tony Quinn. For the weekend of the Hampton Downs 101, the other race track Quinn owns, it was on display for all to see.
During the lunch time break, the 7.0L naturally-aspirated V12 powered Vulcan was on the track with some lucky individuals who won hot laps, and more than likely the ride of their life!
Quinn was tied up with racing, so someone needed to be able to drive it. That person, was none other than V8 Supercar Legend, Craig Lowndes. With three V8 Supercar championships under his belt, and a six-time winner of Australia’s most distinguished motor race, the Bathurst 1000, I think we’re safe to say Quinn wouldn’t have been too concerned.
While it weighs 1350 kg, its definitely not a slow car. Accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds is achievable with the help from 820hp, and 800nm of torque. With figures like that, it needs to be able to stop in a hurry. This is made easy by an exceptional tyre and brake combo. On the rear, Michelin 345/30 R19 with 360mm rotors and on the front, 305/30 R19 with 380mm rotors. The rotors are carbon ceramic, nestled up with Brembo racing calipers.
Being that this is a track-only super car, there wasn’t a problem with using parts that you wouldn’t find on similar road legal super cars. A rear mounted Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearbox, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and integral limited-slip differential.
Keeping the Vulcan on the track is made easy thanks to the pushrod suspension with anti-dive, Multimatics Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV), adjustable dampers, and anti-roll bars front and rear.
Seeing a car of this caliber and presence in real life was an experience in itself. It reminded me of the concept cars you would see in the likes of Gran Turismo and such games. Once you see one, you kind of start to understand how a car can be worth the whopping $4.1 million AUD price-tag. I will never forget this car!