Aston Martin has joined the likes of Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] and McLaren by offering a car designed solely for track days, a car that comes complete with an intensive driver training course to ensure owners know how to get the most out of their multimillion-dollar machines. Aston Martin’s entry in this rarefied field is the V-12-powered Vulcan, and recently a fleet of the cars took the Formula One race track located on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island for lesson one.
With Aston Martin’s factory racing driver Darren Turner on hand, the owners started the day in the V12 Vantage S road car before progressing into the Vantage GT4 race car and then finally in their own Vulcan. Passenger-side tuition was given on every lap and the owner’s skills were tested throughout the day and into the night so each could fully experience the car in different atmospheric conditions.
The graduated nature of the course is to ensure owners are able to fully handle the Vulcan and its 7.0-liter V-12. Aston Martin has just confirmed that the monster engine delivers a peak 820 horsepower. The bespoke unit was developed together with Aston Martin Racing and sits in a front mid-ship position. Drive is channeled to the rear wheels via an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox and limited-slip differential.
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Aston Martin will build just 24 Vulcans. While most of these are accounted for, there's actually one example up for sale.