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Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro makes Goodwood debut

“And so the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro was born”, said Aston Martin vice president and chief special operations officer, David King.With just 24 Vulcans sold around the world (and only one in Australasia), the market for this AMR Pro upgrade is clearly limited, and a track pack for a track-only vehicle might at first seem a bit of a headscratcher, but the Vulcan’s raison d’etre is a hot lap, so a hotter lap is an entirely reasonable aspiration.The first cars are already being converted (we wouldn’t be suprised if most Vulcan owners opt for the upgrades), and the auto will be thundering up the Goodwood hill climb at the Festival of Speed from today and over the weekend. We didn’t expect to see the Vulcan, an 820-hp track-only freak machine, get the AMR Pro treatment, but that’s exactly what’s happened.So, what do you get with the AMR package? AMR cars will be offered in two guises: standard and more extreme AMR Pro, the latter of which was applied to the Vulcan. We’re talking significantly more downforce than the Vantage GTE that just took a class victory in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans. Also contributing to the improved performance are louvred panels above the front wheel arches to extract high pressure air and reduce aerodynamic lift, as well as a huge front splitter with turning vanes to improve steering response. This features a 20mm Gurney flap, supplemented by additional 15mm Gurneys on the slotted wing endplates. New dive planes generate further downforce, and the whole clamshell engine cover is now 5kg lighter than it was before.The 804 hp 7.0 litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine continues to be of service here, now coupled to a Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox with shortened gear ratios.”Like anything with a motorsport mindset, once we’d built and delivered all 24 Vulcans we started thinking about how to make it quicker. Of course the V12-engined variant is an icon – an ultimate, if you like, but the V8 is very much its own vehicle.” stated Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj.