The world’s very first titanium hyper car, the Icona Vulcano Titanium, will be shown at the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance being held at Blenheim Palace in September. After the premiere of the Vulcano Titanium at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Icona is now ready with its new fully-functioning creation.
Clothed only in bare titanium it is said to bring together “Beauty and the Beast”. Inspired by the world’s fastest plane, the titanium-made SR-71 Blackbird, Icona brings impeccable design language to a whole new level: the design is bold, with beautifully sculpted forms flowing between each sharp surface.
The design of the Icona Vulcano is a strong 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, who says: “Inspiration for the Vulcano came from the most recent airplanes and architectural challenges where we find exquisitely sharp and dramatic silhouettes complimenting sensual surface transitions. This was key to the styling of the Vulcano.”
The very first idea for the Vulcano was to use a front mid-engine layout, and 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 using symmetrical signatures for the greatest simplicity” said Chuffart.
Icona says that it took 10,000 hours to craft the titanium into the shapes required. Plenty of love and attention has gone into the interior, too. With leather, carbon and Alcantara, it ticks off all the important supercar cabin materials. There’s a TFT instrument display with a portrait screen and some tactile looking toggle switches. The seats are from Sabelt, a company with strong motorsport links.
Power comes from a tried-and-tested supercharged V8 from the General Motors Corvette ZR1. It produces 661bhp and 605lb ft and is good for 0-62mph in 2.8secs and 0-124mph in 8.6secs. The brakes are carbon ceramics, so it should also be able to handle all of that speed. Icona have claimed a Nürburgring Nordschleife “capability” of below 7:20.
The Vulcano is a one-off, but it is for sale you can buy it if you have 2.5million euros, which is about $2.3 million. It is more than a Bugatti Chiron, a Lamborghini Centenario and a McLaren P1 GTR. However unlike those hyper cars, you can guarantee you’ll never park alongside another Vulcano.