Aston Martin Vulcan Meets the Avro Vulcan
Aston Martin Vulcan Meets its Modern Namesake
When a car is compared to a plane, it’s usually a match made in heaven. For example the Lamborghini Reventon, or any recent Lamborghini for that matter, and an F-22 Raptor practically look identical, the Ford GT Le Mans Racecar and an A-10 Warthog sound the same when unleashing their respective payloads, and the McLaren-Mercedes SLR and an old WWII Spitfire have the same menacing sound when they fly by. Many othe comparisons just make sense.
On the other hand, comparing the Aston Martin Vulcan and the Avro Vulcan seems to be more of a stretch given their stark physical appearances and sounds. That said, Aston Martin recently announced that the British Avro Vulcan Cold War-era bomber inspired the naming of it’s upcoming limited, 800hp track-only supercar. Aston Martin wanted the last operational Avro Vulcan to meet it’s latest creation in proper fashion before retiring to an airplane museum, and video and pictures that follow are quite epic.
Here’s the official video of the iconic encounter:
Vulcan and Vulcan Photoshoot
For more information, Aston Martin provided full details in its press release:
ASTON MARTIN VULCAN IN TRIBUTE TO ITS V BOMBER NAMESAKE
02 October 2015, Gaydon: As the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan prepares for its final flight later this month, the iconic 1950s British V bomber has been united with its modern namesake: the Aston Martin Vulcan.
Vulcan XH558 – currently being operated by the charitable trust Vulcan To The Sky – is due to retire from ‘active service’ in October, going on to form the centrepiece of the educational Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre at her home base, Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.
Ahead of that final flight, the famous Cold War-era long range bomber was paired with the Aston Martin Vulcan – the new track-only supercar – via a special fly-past at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire.
The British luxury car maker’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date the Aston Martin Vulcan is born out of extensive motorsport experience. Using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity, the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan delivers truly extreme performance.
Uniquely for Aston Martin the new supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – allows owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.
CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Clearly the Avro Vulcan provided the inspiration for the naming of our most extreme sports car, and I’m delighted that we have been able to unite the ‘two Vulcans’ and deliver our own tribute to this world-renowned aeronautical phenomenon.”
Vulcan XH558 is flown by Martin Withers DFC, Chief Pilot and Operations Director. He said: “Being at the controls for this unique fly-past was a memorable occasion.
“Personally, it is great to know that the Vulcan name will live on not only in the history books, and at the new educational centre in Yorkshire, but via Aston Martin’s incredible new sports car.”
More details of Vulcan XH558 and its final month of operation are available via the Trust’s website at http://www.vulcantothesky.org/
First deliveries of the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan to customers worldwide will take place before the end of 2015.
I sincerely hope someone orders a new Vulcan with a livery that’s inspired by the plane.
Image and Video Credit: Aston Martin