Icona Vulcano ultra powerful hybrid supercar revealed

Icona Vulcano ultra powerful hybrid supercar to be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show

The 2013 edition of Shanghai Auto Show (running April 21-29) will see the unveiling of a new luxury one-off supersports car promising to deliver over 900 hp and a top speed of around 350km/h.

Icona Vulcano ultra powerful hybrid supercar is the creation of Claudio Lombardi, former powertrain technical director of Ferrari and mastermind of numerous world champion cars, and young French designer Samuel Chuffart, Icona’s design director.

Through a masterful combination of combustion engine and electric motors, the two-seater car with a front engine V12 two-door is reaching up to 900 horsepower and has an acceleration from 0 to 200km/h in under 10 seconds.

According to the manufacturer, the design of the Icona Vulcano is an evolution of the very advanced form language which was first introduced on the Icona Fuselage concept in 2011 by Samuel Chuffart, Icona’s design director.

During his eight year tenure at Nissan Design in Europe and the US, Samuel Chuffart played an instrumental role in the creation and realization of the Nissan DNA which is known today. Chuffart then moved to Jaguar-Land Rover, before being selected for the coveted position of Chief Designer in Italy in 2008, successfully developing numerous production cars soon to be seen on the road.

Claudio Lombardi is one of the most successful Italian motor engineers: racing director of Lancia who won seven World Rally Championships with 037 Rally and Delta S4 from 1982 to 1991, powertrain technical director of Ferrari for Formula One and GT cars from 1991 to 2000, and project leader of Aprilia to win the Superbike World Championship in 2010 with Max Biaggi, using one of the lightest and most powerful engines ever developed in its category. Two years ago Lombardi founded AIPA to develop different powertrain concepts which maximise the combination of combustion engines and electric motors for innovative integral powertrain.