The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro Sports is set to thrill crowds at the weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro sports receives extensive aerodynamic enhancements and shortened gearing to produce increased downforce, greater responsiveness and reduced lap times, improvements that underline its status as one of the world’s most extreme and exclusive track cars.
Built in a strictly limited run of just 24 cars and delivered to customers throughout 2016, the 820 bhp Aston Martin Vulcan was conceived and engineered to deliver the excitement and exceed the performance of Aston Martin’s Le Mans-winning race cars.
The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro’s aerodynamic enhancements begin at the front-end with louvred panels added above the front wheel arches to extract high pressure air and reduce aerodynamic lift. A sizeable pair of dive planes have been added to each side of the nose to help pin the front-end to the track and the huge front splitter has turning vanes fitted to its underside to improve steering response. Weight has also been saved with optimization of the carbon fiber lay-up and core form reducing the weight of the engine cover by 5kg.
Changes to the rear are equally effective and even more dramatic, courtesy of a new rear wing. Now of dual plane design, rather than the original single plane item, the main element of this enormous rear wing features a 20 mm ‘Gurney’ flap, a simple but hugely effective upstand on the wing’s trailing edge, which is supplemented by slotted wing endplates that sport additional 15 mm Gurneys to maximise the amount of downforce.
The combined effect of these aerodynamic changes is a major increase in downforce, from the standard Aston Martin Vulcan’s 3150 Nm to a colossal 4000 Nm. This compares to 3104 Nm generated by the 2017 Le Mans winning Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE. The aero changes have also improved the aerodynamic balance of the Aston Martin Vulcan, shifting its Center of Pressure forwards bringing it closer to the middle of the car (47% compared with 41.5% for the standard Aston Martin Vulcan) to improve traction, steering response and front-end grip.
The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro upgrade package will be installed by Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations. Work is already underway on the first upgrades, with the first customer cars expected to be completed in the Fall. The Aston Martin Vulcan AMP Pro will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, over the weekend.