MUSCAT: Motor racing champion Ahmad al Harthy has heaped praise on the organisers of last week’s hugely successful Aston Martin showcase in downtown Dubai, where the Omani sportsman demonstrated the marque’s ground-breaking Vulcan hypercar in front of vast crowds at Emaar Square.

The 34 year old, who won the ‘Silver Cup’ title in this year’s British GT Championship at the wheel of an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, was entrusted by the globally renowned manufacturer to pilot the prestigious 7.0l, 200mph-plus Vulcan during the specially arranged public event.

As well as the gleaming new 800bhp hypercar, those in attendance also had the opportunity to see the Aston Martin DB10 which was specially designed, engineered and hand crafted by a dedicated team for the latest James Bond movie Spectre, which had its world premiere in London last month.

“The event was amazing, huge fun to be involved in and I’m so grateful to everyone at Aston Martin, in the UK and the Middle East, for giving me the opportunity to drive the Vulcan – it really is an exceptional car,” said Harthy.

He added, “We lit up the rear wheels and gave people a glimpse of the sort of performance the Vulcan is capable of; it’s an incredible feat of engineering.

“The day was a massive success and we had a fantastic turn out, Aston Martin is a very powerful brand in Dubai, Oman and the rest of the region and it really is a great honour for me to represent Aston Martin as the ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa.”

Created as a limited edition track-only car, the Vulcan – of which only 24 will be produced – is priced at US$2.7mn and is undoubtedly the most exhilarating and intense Aston Martin ever created in the company’s glorious history.