Only 24 Aston Martin Vulcans have been produced. Now one of them is road-legal.
While we wait for the F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar to hit the road and track in 2019, the Vulcan is the most extreme Aston Martin has ever built. Problem is, only 24 examples have been built. This beast is also restricted to the racetrack, so you can't enjoy its roaring naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V12 on the road. However, there is now an exception because a small British engineering company called RML Group has created the world's first, and so far only, road-legal Aston Martin Vulcan.
The project was first announced over 18 months ago, but this week a few lucky British journalists were invited to get behind the wheel and take it for a spin. "Never got full throttle once today. Don't care. Driving world's one and only road-legal @astonmartin Vulcan was brilliantly silly," motoring writer Richard Meaden Tweeted. This crazy conversion would not have been easy. Unlike the McLaren P1 GTR which is a track-car based on the P1 road car, the Vulcan was specifically designed to tear up the track and isn't based on an existing Aston Martin model. As a result, RML Group had to make some extensive modifications.
From the photos, RML has fitted a new hood with smaller headlights. The original headlights have been fitted to the front bumper as daytime running lights. Elsewhere, turn signals have been added to the end plates of the carbon fiber rear wing. Images also show plastic covers over the Vulcan's taillights and a pair of small reflectors on the rear fascia. There are no performance compromises either, as this road-legal Vulcan retains its 7.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 producing 820-hp. Meadon described it as "a tad lively on road rubber," so you won't want to turn the traction control off. No doubt we'll see videos emerge showing the world's first road-legal Aston Martin in action soon.