Born to fly: The Aston Martin Vulcan

The British brand unleashes the vicious 800bhp Vulcan in homage to the bomber aircraft that first took to the skies in 1956.

Damien Reid November 22, 2015

As the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan prepared for its final flight last month, the iconic 1950s British V bomber was united with its modern namesake of the four-wheeled variety; the Aston Martin Vulcan.

Vulcan XH558 has been operated by the charitable trust Vulcan To The Sky and was retired from ‘active service’ in October with a memorable flypast over the Goodwood Revival historic motor race meeting in southern England before going on to form the centrepiece of the educational Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre at her home base, Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.

Ahead of that final flight, the famous Cold War-era long-range bomber was paired with the Aston Martin Vulcan, the new track-only supercar, via a special fly-past at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire. 

The British luxury car maker’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date is born out of extensive motorsport experience with more than 800bhp available under the driver’s right foot and wrapped in an all-carbon fibre body.

Limited to just 24 examples worldwide, the Vulcan allows owners the opportunity to tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.

“Clearly the Avro Vulcan provided the inspiration for the naming of our most extreme sports car and I’m delighted that we have been able to unite the ‘two Vulcans’ and deliver our own tribute to this world-renowned aeronautical phenomenon,” Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said.

The Vulcan XH558 was flown by Martin Withers DFC, Chief Pilot and Operations Director. “Being at the controls for this unique fly-past was a memorable occasion,” Mr Withers said. “Personally, it is great to know that the Vulcan name will live on not only in the history books and at the new educational centre in Yorkshire, but via Aston Martin’s incredible new sports car,” he added.

First deliveries of the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan to customers worldwide will take place before the end of the year.

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