And the road rally boasts some seriously extreme machines.
Until the insane Valkyrie arrives, the Vulcan is the most extreme car Aston Martin has ever made. There are a few catches, though. Only 24 examples were made, and the hypercar is track-only. Well, except for one of them.
Back in 2017 a British engineering company called RML Group decided to convert one for the road, creating the world’s first and only street-legal Aston Martin Vulcan. Fast forward two years later, and the same car is being prepared to compete in the upcoming Gumball 3000 rally.
As you can see from the photos, the road-legal Aston Martin Vulcan now wears a distinctive brown and white livery inspired by the Vulcan Bomber plane that served in the Royal Air Force from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. The Aston Martin Vulcan is already one of the best-looking hypercars in recent memory, but the livery makes it stand out even more.
Several modifications were made by RML Group to make the Vulcan road legal. The most obvious change is the addition of a set of headlights in the front fenders and turn signals have been added to the end plates of the carbon fiber rear wing. There are also now windshield wipers with washers, and the front splitter is positioned higher. Mechanical tweaks include a new exhaust, a new clutch, revised gear ratios, and softer suspension to make the Vulcan more road friendly.
No modifications were made to the powertrain, however. Like the standard track variant, the road-going Vulcan is powered by a 7.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 that produces 820 horsepower. This setup enables the Vulcan to rocket from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds and top out at over 200 mph. This year’s Gumball 3000 kicks off on June 10 and runs from Mykonos to Ibiza. The event will be filled with exotic supercars and hypercars, but the road-legal Aston Martin Vulcan should stand out from the crowd.