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Aston Martin Vulcan Meets Avro Vulcan XH558

Track focused hypercar pays tribute to its Cold War-era long-range bomber namesake

Oct 6, 2015

Fast meeting fast is always an occasion to take notice – as when the Vulcan, Aston Martin’s supercar race car, got buzzed by a low-flying Vulcan, Avro’s iconic 1950s British V bomber. The reason? Basically it was a photo op marking the retirement of the elder, airborne Vulcan, which is due to stand down from active service at the end of October, capping off a long and illustrious career in service.

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The flyby was staged at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, Northern England, with the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan XH558. The aircraft will become the centerpiece of the educational Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre at her home base, Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster. More details about the Vulcan XH558 and its final month of operation are available via the Trust’s website.

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As for the Aston Vulcan, that’s just getting started. There’s a good chance you’ve already seen specs on the extreme machine, but if you haven’t – it’s powered by the carmaker’s most potent iteration yet of its naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter, V-12 engine, putting down over 800hp. The front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive supercar draws on the brand’s GT motorsport experience, featuring a carbon fiber monocoque and body, integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fiber prop shaft, and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing rotors.

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Limited to just 24 examples worldwide, first deliveries of the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan to customers worldwide will take place before the end of 2015.

Source: Aston Martin

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