AMR Pro upgrade package on Aston Martin Vulcan intensifies both downforce and acceleration

Article by Christian A., on July 1, 2017

The already wild Aston Martin Vulcan just got wilder. This is all thanks to the performance upgrade package that was developed by AMR, which is the carmaker’s new performance brand. Introducing new Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro, an upgrade package that includes tweaks in aerodynamic and gearing.

When Aston Martin introduced the Aston Martin Vulcan at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we already knew that this track-only supercar wasn’t an ordinary one. After all, Aston Martin conceived and engineered the Vulcan to deliver the much-desired driving excitement as well as surpass the performance of the carmaker’s Le Mans-winning race cars.

Aston Martin has already done a number of things to make sure that the owners of the only 24 examples of the Vulcan are able to enjoy a dynamic and intense driving experience. For instance, for the past two years, Vulcan owners have received step-by-step driver training from Aston Martin’s team of instructors like Darren Turner, an Aston Martin Racing works driver and three-time Le Mans winner. Owners also took part in exclusive driving events in Circuit of the Americas in the United States, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in the United Kingdom.

Powered by a 7.0-liter V12 engine that delivers 820 bhp, the Vulcan is simply amazing. A standard Vulcan already generates 3,150N of massive downforce when moving at speeds of 100 mph – a figure that already exceeds the 3,104N generated by the 2017 Le Mans-winning Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE.

Now, the new Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro allows the customers to further enjoy their supercars, by increasing the downforce the Vulcan generates and making it more responsive than before. The package adds louvred panels above the front wheel arches and fits turning vanes on the underside of the huge front splitter. The package made the engine cover lighter by five kilograms. Likewise, the AMR Pro package adds a new massive rear wing with dual plane design and a 20-mm ‘Gurney’ flap. Slotted wing endplates are also added, featuring 15-mm Gurneys.

All of these aerodynamic tweaks resulted to a dramatic increase of downforce generated at 100 mph – 4,000N. Moreover, these tweaks enhanced the aerodynamic balance of the Aston Martin Vulcan, as it shifted its Center of Pressure forward, thereby improving not only traction and front-end grip, but also steering response.

Aside from these aerodynamic changes, the AMR Pro also shortened the gearing of the Vulcan, allowing for a more explosive acceleration between the corners.

Existing Aston Martin Vulcan owners could avail of the AMR Pro upgrade package, which will be installed by Q of Aston Martin Advanced Operations.

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Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro - wildest-ever Aston Martin taken to new extremes

Aston Martin’s wildest-ever car – the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan – has been taken to breathtaking new extremes with a performance upgrade package developed by the luxury marque’s new performance brand, AMR. Making its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro sports extensive aerodynamic enhancements and shortened gearing to produce increased downforce, greater responsiveness and reduced lap times – improvements that underline its status as one of the world’s most extreme and exclusive track cars.

Built in a strictly limited run of just 24 cars and delivered to customers throughout 2016, the 820BHP Aston Martin Vulcan was conceived and engineered to deliver the excitement and exceed the performance of Aston Martin’s Le Mans-winning race cars. Over the last two years, Aston Martin Vulcan owners have received step-by-step driver training by Aston Martin’s expert team of instructors – among them Aston Martin Racing works driver and three-time Le Mans winner, Darren Turner.

The lucky customers have participated in exclusive driving events held at some of the world’s best Formula One circuits, including Circuit of the Americas in the USA, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi and, naturally, Aston Martin’s home circuit, Silverstone. By enhancing its already prodigious capabilities the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro offers customers the chance to further develop their driving skills and enjoy an even more intense driving experience.

The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro’s aerodynamic enhancements begin at the front-end with louvred panels added above the front wheel arches to extract high pressure air and reduce aerodynamic lift. A sizeable pair of dive planes have been added to each side of the nose to help pin the front-end to the track and the huge front splitter has turning vanes fitted to its underside to improve steering response. Weight has also been saved with optimisation of the carbon fibre lay-up and core form reducing the weight of the engine cover by 5kg.

Changes to the rear are equally effective and even more dramatic, courtesy of a new rear wing. Now of dual plane design, rather than the original single plane item, the main element of this enormous rear wing features a 20mm ‘Gurney’ flap – a simple but hugely effective upstand on the wing’s trailing edge – which is supplemented by slotted wing endplates that sport additional 15mm Gurneys to maximise the amount of downforce.

The combined effect of these aerodynamic changes is a major increase in downforce, from the standard Aston Martin Vulcan’s 3150N to a colossal 4000N at 100MPH. This compares to 3104N generated by the 2017 Le Mans winning Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE. The aero changes have also improved the aerodynamic balance of the Aston Martin Vulcan, shifting its Centre of Pressure forwards bringing it closer to the middle of the car (47% compared with 41.5% for the standard Aston Martin Vulcan) to improve traction, steering response and front-end grip.

Aston Martin Racing works driver, Darren Turner, said of the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro: “I’ve been fortunate to drive the Aston Martin Vulcan throughout its development programme and at the numerous customer events held since the cars were delivered. It’s an incredible car in every respect – looks, sound and of course, performance. We worked hard to ensure it’s not a monster to drive, so it was important the AMR Pro upgrade remains true to that objective. By increasing the overall level of downforce front and rear, but also improving the balance of the car we’ve done just that. Together with the shortened gearing, which makes it even more punchy when you accelerate through the gears, the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro feels more agile and responsive to steering inputs. When you get the aero working through a fast corner it really is an unbelievable feeling. I can’t wait to see the customers’ faces when they experience it for themselves!”

Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, David King, said of the Aston martin Vulcan AMR Pro: “When we first conceived the Aston Martin Vulcan it was to create something that expressed Aston Martin’s wilder side. The result was an ultimate track car – one free from the regulations and constraints of World Championship competition. A flight of fantasy, if you like. But one we could share with our keenest customers. Like anything with a motorsport mindset, once we’d built and delivered all 24 Vulcans we started thinking about how to make it quicker. And so the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro was born. The shorter gearing makes for truly explosive acceleration between the corners, while the aero package’s increased downforce and improved balance gives our customers the all-important confidence to explore the extraordinary performance on offer.”

The Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro upgrade package will be installed by Q by Aston Martin Advanced Operations. Work is already underway on the first upgrades, with the first customer cars expected to be completed in the Autumn. The Aston Martin Vulcan AMP Pro will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today.

Source: Aston Martin

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