The Avro Vulcan, the famous British 1950s V bomber, has finally met the Aston Martin Vulcan, its modern-day namesake. This is noteworthy as it comes at a time when the last airworthy V Bomber is preparing for its final flight set later this month.
Vulcan To The Sky, a charitable trust, currently operates the Vulcan XH558. The Vulcan XH558 is expected to retire from ‘active service’ by October. After that it is expected to become the centrepiece of the Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre which is located at the Robin Hood Airport in nearby Doncaster.
Even before the final flight, this legendary long range Cold War-era bomber was already paired with the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan supercar through a special fly-past at the Yorkshire Elvington Airfield.
The Aston Martin Vulcan was created out of a broad motorsport experience and to date, it is the brand’s most exhilarating and intense model.
The brand’s engineering ingenuity is clearly evident in the Aston Martin Vulcan with the 800-plus bhp and all-carbon fibre. But when mated with the brand’s well-known flair for design, we get the Vulcan with its most extreme performance ever.
With only 24 units to be released worldwide, this new supercar from Aston Martin gives owners the chance to tailor their very own track day experience by adjusting the scale of the detailed power and its dynamic performance.
According to CEO Dr Andy Palmer, the Avro Vulcan served as the inspiration for the naming of the brand’s most extreme sports car. He also expressed the company’s happiness that it was able to unite these ‘two Vulcans’ and therefore deliver its very own homage to this world-famous aeronautical phenomenon.
The final flight of the Vulcan XH558 will be led by Chief Pilot and Operations Director Martin Withers DFC. He shared that piloting this unique fly-past was a “memorable occasion” and that he is glad that the Vulcan name will be recorded in history books and be seen at the new educational centre in Yorkshire as well as have its name carried by Aston Martin’s “incredible new sports car.”
Additional details of the Vulcan XH558, including its last month of operation, will be made available through the Trust’s website at http://www.vulcantothesky.org/. The first deliveries to worldwide customers of this track-only Aston Martin Vulcan are scheduled to take place towards the end of 2015.