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