It’s projected to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds, be capable of well over 1,000 horsepower and is named after one of nature’s most powerful creations, and we’ll get to see it this weekend in California.
The Icona Vulcano has been seen in pre-production form a few times in the past, including the 2014 Qatar Motor Show, and had its first true introduction to the world at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. But for 2015, it’s sporting a new type of body – one crafted from titanium and carbon fiber.
“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 in an April 8 post to Icona’s website.
The supercharged V8 engine, sourced from the Corvette ZR1, has been optimized to create 670 hp and 619 lb-ft, though Icona’s website tells us it can be tuned to over 1,000 hp. A video from Icona Vulcano shared May 12 gives us some insight into the development and creation of this vehicle, which was considerably more difficult than usual.
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Titanium, while lightweight and twice as durable as aluminum, is also much more difficult to work with as a material. It takes a lot of patience to mold into a curved, aerodynamically-friendly design, but it will pay off – as a post from ilove bicycling notes, it’s even bulletproof.
Stay with us to learn more about the Vulcano Titanium as it is released, and check out photos of the original Icona Vulcano in the gallery below.
(Source: YouTube, Icona)