Oman’s premier motor racing export Ahmad Al Harthy is to embark on one of the most prestigious activities of his career on Friday, 8th April, in his home city of Muscat, after being entrusted by Aston Martin for the second time to showcase the marque’s incredible Vulcan hypercar.
Following on from last November’s demonstration of the Vulcan in downtown Dubai, where the Aston Martin Middle East and North Africa ambassador was selected to put the 200mph car through its paces, the 34-year-old will now get back behind the wheel during a very special event.
As a result of a recently announced collaboration between Aston Martin and the Red Bull Racing Formula One Team, the British supercar manufacturer is to play a role in the Grand Prix squad’s first ever street demonstration in Oman on Friday, 8th April.
Multiple GP winner David Coulthard will pilot Red Bull’s RB8 car through the Muttrah Corniche, one of the most historic streets in the Sultanate’s capital, during the free-to-access event with Al Harthy also showcasing the Vulcan along the iconic route.
Made possible through the support of Aston Martin Middle East and North Africa and the Al Hashar Group, the official dealer of Aston Martin in Oman, Ahmad is elated to have the opportunity to be part of such a high-profile event in his home city and cannot wait to drive the Vulcan in front of his many homegrown fans.
“I am unbelievably excited about this event, it’s such a huge occasion for the people of Oman and it’s going to be something to remember for sure”, said Ahmad, “I have to say many, many thanks to Aston Martin for placing trust in me once again to drive the Vulcan, and a big thank you as well to Aston Martin MENA and Al Hashar Group for their support in making this happen.
“Since the recently confirmed collaboration between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin, this is going to be the first major event involving the two parties following the signing of the partnership. It really is a huge honour for me to be taking part and to be behind the wheel of the awesome Vulcan. I have been part of a Red Bull event in Oman in the past, so cannot wait for this upcoming one.”
Over 800bhp is produced through the rear wheels from the Vulcan’s monstrous 7.0-litre V12 engine, which is front-mid mounted. The car also features a six-speed sequential gearbox, limited slip differential, Brembo racing brake calipers and carbon ceramic discs for incredible stopping power. Notably, the car complies with all FIA safety regulations for race track use.
Looking ahead to the Muscat event Neil Slade, General Manager for Aston Martin MENA, said: “All at Aston Martin are proud and excited to be part of the Red Bull Racing event, the partnership with the team is a very important and high-profile one. Ahmad’s upcoming demo run at the wheel of the Vulcan is hugely important for Aston Martin in Oman, we are all very much looking forward to it.”
On behalf of Al Hashar Group, Chairman Sheikh Al Muhannad Al Hashar said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to support this incredible first for Oman. It’s going to be something very special indeed seeing the Red Bull F1 car on Muttrah Corniche and equally special to see our motor racing champion Ahmad driving the Vulcan. We are thrilled to be part of such a landmark occasion.”