This is the new Icona Vulcano hybrid supercar that made its debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The supercar is based on the 2011 Icona Fuselage prototype designed by Samuel Chuffart, who has worked on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and also with the Bertone design house.
The inspiration for Icona Vulcano is the electric concept Icona Fuselage which was unveiled in 2011 in China, also at Shanghai Motor Show. Responsible for the creation is Icona Shanghai, employing European designers and engineers with experience in the automotive sector.
Icona Vulcano – Engine & Price
Icona Vulcano is animated by a hybrid powertrain, consisting of a V12 petrol engine that delivers 790 horsepower and an electric motor with 160 horsepower performance. The traffic is sent to the rear wheels through an automatic transmission. Responsible for the engine development is the Italian engineer Claudio Lombardi
The supercar accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3 seconds, the one-off supercar making the 0 to 200 km/h in 9.2 seconds, before reaching the top speed around 350 km/h (215 mph).
There is a second engine available for Icona Vulcano, a twin-turbo V6 of 550 horsepower which combines an electric motor with 160 horsepower at the front axle and another one on the back, same horsepower.
The four-wheel drive makes the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in 2.9 seconds, the 0 to 200 km/h (125 mph) in 8.9 seconds and has a the same top speed around 350 km/h (215 mph).
The Icona Vulcano price is around 2 million EUR ($ 2.6 mil) and is manufactured by Cecomp coachbuilder, who worked on the BMW Z4 Zagato and Ferrari 575M SuperAmerica models, and had undertaken the engineering support for the Alfa Romeo 8C.
Icona Vulcano measures 4,450 mm (175.2 inches) in length, 1,940 mm (76.4 inches) width and weighs 1,595 kilograms (3516.4 lbs).
The very first idea for the Vulcano was to use a front engine layout, and to use a strongly sculpted body side which would evacuate the hot air from the engine and reduce the air turbulence generated by the wheels.
“As different ideas came together, the most challenging design issue which we faced was how to create a balance between power and beauty. When you’re trying to create a feeling of aesthetic harmony, you risk creating too many sweet lines, which decreases the feeling of power. On the other hand, if you make too much of the powerful features which are necessary to a super sports car such as its cooling cutouts and blades which manage the air flow, they become graphically too dominant, and this makes the car less beautiful. The way we found the right balance was usually by looking for the greatest simplicity” said Samuel Chuffart, Design Director of Icona.
Icona Vulcano Wallpaper [photo gallery]
Icona Vulcano via Icona