‘Ev­ery time you push your right foot to the floor, you feel a huge surge of adrenalin’

VANTAGE - - Track Test Vulcan -

sub­sides. Brak­ing ar­eas are daunt­ing at first, be­cause you can’t get your head around the fact that the Vulcan can slow as vi­o­lently as it goes. Some re­as­sur­ance is pro­vided by the ABS and the trac­tion con­trol sys­tems, but it takes com­mit­ment – or a mis­take – to find the point at which ei­ther is trig­gered. If you’ve only ever driven a road car, the Vulcan’s lim­its and abil­i­ties are truly strato­spheric.

This could make the Vulcan so over­whelm­ing that it’s more of an or­deal than a life-af­firm­ing plea­sure but, as promised, it draws you in and of­fers you ac­cess to an ex­pe­ri­ence only top-level GT rac­ers get to en­joy. The me­chan­i­cal and aero­dy­namic grip pro­duced by those huge Miche­lin slicks and colos­sal aero kit is fear­some, but there’s no per­cep­ti­ble stage at which one yields to the other. In tight cor­ners you have to re­spect the throt­tle but, as­sum­ing you have some sen­si­tiv­ity, the Vulcan com­mu­ni­cates its lim­its clearly and con­sis­tently in low-, medi­u­mand high-speed cor­ners. The bal­ance is nicely neu­tral, un­til even­tu­ally you’ll feel the front end just be­gin to re­lin­quish its grip and run wide of your cho­sen line, but a gen­tle eas­ing of the throt­tle brings things back into line.

That’s not to say driv­ing the Vulcan is easy, rather that the car doesn’t make the chal­lenge any harder than it needs to be. The key is to learn to trust in the down­force, which is a leap of faith be­cause it’s not some­thing you can touch or see. Think back to when you were first taught to swim, and that dis­com­fort­ing mo­ment when you lean back in the wa­ter con­vinced you’ll sink, only to find that if you re­lax into the wa­ter you will ac­tu­ally float. That is what it’s like to drive a car into a cor­ner faster than its tyres can hold you, yet come out the other side quicker than you could pos­si­bly imag­ine.

In­tense phys­i­cal and emo­tional highs. An ex­pe­ri­ence so far re­moved from mere mor­tal cars as to make you re­de­fine what you thought was pos­si­ble – and what you thought an Aston Martin could be. Next stop: AM-RB 001.

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Be­low 7-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12, de­vel­oped from a GT3 race en­gine, sits way back in the chassis. Ev­ery­thing from the tub to the air­box to the in­te­rior trim is in im­mac­u­lately fin­ished car­bon­fi­bre. Meaden (bot­tom) de­scribes the per­for­mance as other-w

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