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  • Even at slow speeds, it is quite loud in here,

  • which is why I'm wearing this silly face microphone

  • so you can hear what I'm on about.

  • The noisiest part of this car, however, is not the engine.

  • [ENGINE REVS]

  • [SQUEALING]

  • That's the brakes.

  • [SQUEALING]

  • They are quite... They are quite squeaky.

  • [BRAKES CONTINUE TO SQUEAL]

  • It actually sounds like I'm stamping on a piglet.

  • And things get worse when you put your foot down.

  • [ENGINE REVS]

  • I'm not going to say that it's like

  • being attacked by a bear because it isn't.

  • But it is like being in a room with a bear

  • that's thinking of attacking you.

  • At the moment I've turned the engine down on this knob here

  • to its minimum setting.

  • It's only producing 500 horsepower.

  • So it's not really the speed that's scary.

  • Oh, God!

  • It's the noise and the harshness

  • and the vibrations.

  • It's not a very well-equipped car either.

  • The windows don't wind down, for instance.

  • There are no toys at all.

  • And you only get half a steering wheel.

  • However, there is one amazing thing

  • you get for your £1.8 million.

  • An all-expenses-paid trip to a racetrack of your choice,

  • where an Aston Martin test driver

  • will teach you how to drive your car,

  • not with the engine wound down to 500 horsepower,

  • but with it turned up...

  • ...to the max.

  • Holy cow! Ha-ha-ha!

  • The engine is now producing 820 horsepower.

  • And the speed just beggars belief.

  • The bear is in attack mode.

  • The figures say it'll do 0-60 in 2.9 seconds.

  • And has a top speed of 208 with that wing on the back.

  • But it feels a hell of a lot faster than that.

  • Oh, God!

  • The other thing you get for your money

  • is a squadron of mechanics.

  • But sadly... not a handbrake.

  • Right, what I've done now is I've taken... yes...

  • I've taken the steering wheel off,

  • so I can't put it in gear to stop it rolling away.

  • Oh, God.

  • Agh.

  • Argh, argh...

  • When I'd finally got it to stop,

  • the jacks were deployed and the mechanics set to work.

  • That's the thing about the Vulcan.

  • Wing angle, roll bar, suspension, brakes.

  • Everything can be adjusted to suit your personal taste.

  • After ten minutes of pretending I knew what they were doing,

  • I was back on the track.

  • And the car felt... just as bonkers as it had done before.

  • However, I've changed.

  • I've been driving this thing now,

  • I don't know, three or four hours,

  • and I'm starting to... understand it.

  • I'm starting to get used to it.

  • I'm starting to trust it.

  • Now I'm starting to understand...

  • why the Vulcan can go round

  • the Nardo handling circuit in southern Italy

  • nine seconds faster than the McLaren P1.

  • Nine seconds in car time, that's a year!

Even at slow speeds, it is quite loud in here,

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