Aston Martin has set out to make its already bonkers Vulcan even more lethal.
Ready to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Vulcan AMR Pro gets louvred panels added above the front wheel arches and dive planes to keep its nose down at high speeds, while the front splitter has turning vanes underneath to “improve steering response”.
The new dual plane rear wing does a similar job for the back of the car, with a 20mm ‘Gurney’ flap to help maximise downforce.
Aston Martin says the downforce improvements bring total downforce on the car up from an already huge 3150Nm, to 4000Nm. AM points out that its 2017 Vantage GTE Le Mans car only generates 3104Nm.
These changes have helped bring the ‘centre of pressure’ forwards and closer to the centre of the car, which Aston says should improve traction, steering response and front-end grip.
The car also gets a gearbox tune, with gear ratios being shortened for “intensified acceleration” and, with the downforce changes, reduced lap times.
Aston Martin Racing Works driver Darren Turner says the difference in feel between the two versions in incredible.
“With the shortened gearing, which makes it even more punchy when you accelerate through the gears, the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro feels more agile and responsive to steering inputs.
“When you get the aero working through a fast corner it really is an unbelievable feeling.”
The first work on customer cars is already being undertaken, with the first fully upgraded Vulcan to be complete in the northern Autumn.