Watch the World's First and Only Road-Legal Aston Martin Vulcan Hypercar

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The Aston Martin Vulcan is one of those rarer than rare track-only vehicles that rich people get to brag about and occasionally hoon around a circuit whenever they so please.
The British company may have sold the track weapon to a lucky few, but it also offered to cater for it as well even after hands had been officially changed. The carmaker would keep the Vulcan safe in one of its garages and fly it to selected events where the owners would be able to enjoy their possession.

Considering you can't really drive the Vulcan whenever you want unless you also own a racing circuit - or you have a really long and twisty driveway - that sounded awfully convenient. But not everyone was impressed by Aston Martin's generosity.

After paying millions of dollars for a car, a certain owner wanted to see more of their new toy, so they decided to make the necessary adjustments to give the Aston Martin Vulcan legal road clearance. Just by looking at it, you don't have to be an engineer to realize it's not going to be easy, but with the right connections and the right money, it turns out it's perfectly doable.

The heart of the hypercar remains unchanged: the 7.0-liter V12 engine can develop as much as 820 hp on its highest power output setting, which is right up there with the rest of the modern competitors, even though most of them have gone down the hybrid route and pushed it past the 1,000 hp mark.

Taking care of the conversion was British engineering firm RML Group who had take care of a lot of features - big and small - before the Vulcan was given the go-ahead for road use. For instance, the car's interior, which was a bit spartan originally, had to be given a makeover to make it more friendly-looking and functional. New seats have been installed, making a long trip in the Vulcan bearable, among other features that RML Group doesn't get into detail over.

The insane aero elements have made it over, which means the Vulcan looks as crazy as it ever did, but those keener of the eye will notice the suspension bump. The ride height of the Vulcan has been raised by 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) to make sure it doesn't trip over the first piece of gravel it finds on the road.

Down below you'll find a short video of the car as well as a few pictures published on Twitter by Richard Meaden after his first drive in the Vulcan on public roads, together with a few impressions. It's not exactly a review - it is Twitter, after all - but he does provide a brief insight into what it's like to take the world's only street-going Vulcan for a spin.

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