Icona Vulcano Titanium debuts at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2015.
The Italian designhouse Icona is reviving its 2013 Vulcano hypercar concept with a unique titanium and carbon fiber body. The concept first presented at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2013 and at Pebble Beach the same year features a strongly sculpted body side and shapes helping to evacuate the hot air from the engine and reduce air turbulence generated by the wheels. The overall design of the Vulcano didn’t change much from the 2013 concept version with 1,000 horsepower of hybrid technology.
“Inspiration for the Vulcano came from the world’s fastest plane, the Blackbird SR-71, whose sharp and dramatic silhouette complimenting its sensual surface transitions was key to the styling of the Vulcano.” said Icona design director Samuel Chuffart.
The Vulcano Titanium was built by Italian coachbuilder Cecomp, while the powertrain is the work of Claudio Lombardi,
ex-Scuderia Ferrari director and mastermind of numerous world champion cars with Mario Cavagnero, the man behind the
Lancia Racing team and father of the engine of many championship-winning cars (the famous Lancia Integrale and 037,
as well as the complete Peugeot T16 family).
The Vulcano (volcano in Italian) has a mid-front engine calibrated for homologated road and race use with an optimum balance of usability and efficiency. Capable to be tuned to well over 1000 horsepower should the owner demand it, the optimized 670 horsepower and 840 N/m of its supercharged V8 is sourced from the record-beating ZR1 and is coupled with a paddle-shift close ratio gearbox from Automac Modena, allowing 0 to 60 miles/hr in 2.8 seconds and 120 miles/hr in 8.8 seconds. Let’s hope the concept will see the production phase soon enough.