AMR is Aston's new performance sub brand, and offers performance and handling upgrades plus a fairly awesome makeover. The Vulcan AMR treatment consists mainly of aerodynamic changes and shortened gearing – 820 horsepower is considered enough welly – and is available from today to all 24 Vulcan customers.
At the front, louvred panels have been added above the wheel arches to extract high-pressure air and reduce lift. Large dive planes have been added to each side of the nose for front-end downforce and the front splitter has turning vanes added to quicken the steering. Aston has also shaved another 5kg off the weight of the engine cover.
Changes at the rear are more obvious, with a new wing that has two planes instead of one, and a flap on the wing's trailing edge. All of which creates enough downforce to shove you to Australia: 4,000Nm to be precise, which, when you consider that this year's Le Mans winning Aston Racing Vantage GTE has 3,104Nm, is, well, enough. The aero changes have also improved the balance of the Vulcan, shifting its centre of pressure towards the centre of the car (47 per cent as opposed to 41 per cent on the "standard" Vulcan) to improve traction, steering response and front-end grip.
Legendary Aston works driver, Darren Turner, worked on the development of the standard Vulcan. He said of the new AMR Pro version, "We worked hard to ensure it [the standard Vulcan] is 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 push through the gears, the Aston Martin Vulcan 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."
The AMR pro upgrade package will be fitted by Q, Aston's advanced operations division. The first upgrades are underway, with deliveries expected in the autumn.