EXCLUSIVE: Aston Martin Vulcan will get road conversion package
A road conversion package for that ￡1.8 million Aston Martin Vulcan supercar will be offered after a little proprietors expressed curiosity about driving their track-only cars on the highway.
Conversions from the 7.-litre V12-powered Vulcan work is going to be transported out individually of Aston Martin by Northamptonshire-based engineering company RML.
The conversion will require around three several weeks and also the changes will probably concentrate on three key areas: safety-critical aspects, alterations to help make the vehicle more functional on the highway – for example ride height and equipment ratios – and then any other bespoke changes requested through the customer.
Converting a track vehicle for that road is simpler in certain countries compared to others, but it ought to be possible in almost any nation that provides single vehicle type approval. However, it might prove prohibitively complicated in countries like the USA, where two Vulcans presently reside.
Speaking solely to Autocar concerning the Vulcan conversions, Aston boss Andy Palmer stated: “When we visited market, there is hesitation from the couple of prospective proprietors since it didn’t possess a road pack. We didn’t need to make it road legal from the beginning, because [special projects boss] David King and the team wouldn’t have had the ability to make this type of stunning vehicle to begin with, but RML stated they’d the opportunity to get it done.
“So it’s taken a little time to sort out what’s possible from an engineering perspective, but we predict 4 or 5 proprietors [from 24 as a whole] will utilize this. We’ve the sales from the latter cars presently under settlement and it appears as though the street conversion may be the closer on individuals deals.”
The job also involves examining the emissions from the engine, affixing some road-legal lights and a few crash test simulation. Alterations that may compromise safety is going to be forbidden. “We’re saying you cannot chop the roll cage, for instance, because once you do this, you cannot go to the track,” stated Palmer.
After Autocar broke this news, Michael Mallock, RML key accounts director put in the official statement: “This is really a tremendously exciting project and one that’s perfectly suitable for RML’s world-leading knowledge of managing one-off and ultra-low-volume engineering projects. The Aston Martin Vulcan is definitely an incredible machine created to do brilliantly on the right track. Converting it for road use yet preserving its extreme character and blistering performance is only the type of challenge we relish, and something we’re very happy with rising to. The outcomes are certain to be probably the most remarkable road cars of-time.”
The precise cost from the road conversion hasn’t been revealed, although chances are it will stretch to some six-figure sum. The conversion will require between 3 to 4 several weeks, using the first vehicle due on the highway later this season.
The Vulcan conversion follows a trend towards proprietors of track-only cars wanting to bring them to the road. The 986bhp, ￡1.98m McLaren P1 GTR, for instance, has been converted for road use by Hampshire-based specialist Lanzante.