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FEATURED - Icona Shanghai Vulcano - The Beauty and the Beast [VIDEO]

A real stunner. Too beautiful to be true. A breathtaking sculpture of machinery. The Icona Vulcano has been uncovered under the spotlights of Shanghai‘s motor show. Being a true icon of the best Italian design traditions over years as well as bringing completely new approach, the Vulcano is, no doubt, the brightest star in Chinese show this year.

A rounded, yet sharp and aggressive full carbon fiber bodywork has been thoroughly designed by Icona‘s director of design – Samuel Chuffart. A talented designer whose previous experience with Nissan and Jaguar-Land Rover resulted in the current position did an outstanding job. The Vulcano shares traditional Italian barhetta‘s styling cues and state-of-the-art design features. Both are combined into a one single nugget – so sleek, so pure, and so amazing. However, the most basic word which well describes the essence behind this automobile is Beauty.

Beauty and the Beast, Passion and Innovation are these keywords which led the way to the birth of the Vulcano. It is a front-engined two-seater supersportscar designed for two different power options and configurations. The first one is a V12 engine developing 950hp and mated with a hybrid gearbox system driving rear wheels. The second version is an all-wheel drive alternative with a twin turbo V6 and two electric motors altogether developing 870hp. Both of these sets have been created by a famous Italian motor engineer Claudio Lombardi whose previous experience includes such amazing achievements as won seven World Rally Championships in design director position, technical director position at Ferrari for Formula 1 and GT cars as well as project leader in Aprilia. The Italtecnica team of Mr. Lombardi as well as Actua – developer of the hybrid system – did a great job to place a real beast under the hood of the Vulcano.

Precisely, the „vulcano“ is the word which puts everything into places. A red unrestrained beast bringing both disparate beauty and natural ferocious power is what the Vulcano is all about. Its stance, look and technical essence is a perfect embodiment of those key elements making this car a one-of-a-kind icon.

Specifically, the Vulcano may be made in an extremely small series of no more than five examples. However, there is no word when this could happen or any hints about the price tag. Anyway, this automobile is too much unique to be made in greater numbers and those especially lucky future owners will definitely have an amazing opportunity to enjoy both the Beauty and the Beast.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

The Vulcano embodies the best in Italian design and engineering. Reaching up to 950 horsepower through an ingenious combination of combustion engine and electric motors, all encased in a beautiful design featuring voluptuous and harmonious shapes, this is the car which brings together the Beauty and the Beast.  The Icona Vulcano was designed by Icona Director of Design, Samuel Chuffart.

The Icona Vulcano is a front engine V12 two-door two-seater car; the top speed will be around 350 km/h, and 0-200 km/h will be well under ten seconds.  The powertrain of the Icona Vulcano is the work of well-known Claudio Lombardi, former powertrain technical director of Ferrari and mastermind of numerous world champion cars.  Claudio Lombardi has engineered two available configurations for the Icona Vulcano. The first is an impressive rear wheel drive V12 associated to an advanced technology gearbox that includes a hybrid system: its electric motor synchronises the single clutch for fast gear change and balances the torque for smooth and optimal acceleration while its additional power increases the total power of the car to 950 HP.

Based on further development of this advanced technology, the Vulcano will also be available in a four wheel drive alternative: this time a twin turbo V6 engine coupled with two electric motors for front traction will deliver a total power of 870 HP, and in an overall set up made to be a record beating Nürburgring champion. This masterful combination was successfully tested only a few months ago at San Marino with the Lancia 037 (Ex World Champion Rally) transformed by Beppe Volta into a 4WD hybrid. Made by ACTUA together with Italtecnica, the Lancia 037 4WD-H beat its previous record in every way.

The wheels of the Vulcano are forged aluminium, 20 x 10” in the front and 21 x 12.5” in the rear.  These wheels started life as T6-6061 aerospace grade forged aluminum. To handle this power, Icona has selected Pirelli P Zero ultra high performance tyres.  With a 355mm section in the rear and 285mm section in the front, these tyres have been developed using a new high-grip compound with nano-composites and an innovative racing tread. The Icona Vulcano braking system has been supplied by Brembo.  The GT-R brakes are the finest high-performance aftermarket braking system ever engineered for production. Lighter and stiffer with excellent heat rejection, the 6 piston calipers are machined entirely from billet. Lightweight carbon ceramic discs of 380mm all round reduce inertia while dissipating heat exceptionally fast.

 

 

ICONA VULCANO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

GENERAL

What is the Vulcano’s Unique Selling Point?

The Vulcano is an Italian supercar that would fulfil the desires of most people in the supercar world. Its sensual and yet dramatically sharp shape is consistent with its extreme performance capability, yet it is docile and controllable, making it extremely driveable. In addition, its hybrid system means that the car can be used in zero emission mode (full electric); as many cities are increasingly restricting access for vehicles which pollute, this technology of the future is an answer for how to reconnect super cars not only to the road,but also to integrate them in modern city life. The Vulcano makes for an easy life on the road, on the track and in the city.

What is the reason behind the Icona Vulcano?

Passion and innovation are the two factors driving all the people involved in the Vulcano. Our decision to combine forces to create this supercar was motivated by a desire to create a new and progressive super car which would fit in with modern daily life. This more dependable usability for a supercar was developed both through its elegant yet purposeful aesthetics and its technology. Vulcano’s truly dependable hybrid technology approach not only increases the supercar’s performances but also enhances its usability in the driving experience, making it a usable car, not just a toy.

How many cars will Icona produce?

This car is made as a one-off, no more than five will be built.

Why is the car called the Vulcano?

Vulcano means volcano in Italian, and the name evokes the fascinating beauty of red-hot molten lava, combined with ferocious power.

Who built the car?

The car is built by Cecomp, one of the founding partners of Icona based in Torino, Italy.

Who designed the car?

Icona Shanghai.

Who is behind the mechanics?

Claudio Lombardi with his team from Italtecnica designed the powertrain, Actua designed the hybrid system.

What are the body design features?

Technical: Engine heat evacuation is managed towards the sides, avoiding the negative aerodynamic impact of hot air. The flat floor has a rear wing integrated under the car. The front grille is also shaped with blades, tuned for down force adjustment. Similar to the Icona Fuselage concept, the integrated wings in the lower area of the wheel arches help to control the air flow and reduce air turbulence. The body is entirely made from carbon fiber, dressed over a strong aluminium extruded chassis.

Tell me about the interior….

As for the exterior, the “Beauty and the Beast” complementary relationship is expressed with a performance orientated feel at first glance, while the sophisticated and refined integrated design of each element gives the interior an unforgettable signature.

The interior makes significant use of carbon fiber, giving a race-inspired feel while fully adjustable bucket seats and other practical design features ensure total comfort for passengers on a long journey. On the one hand, the interior is very complete and high tech: its large touchscreen provides most functions such as GPS, radio, or car diagnostics, both passengers have armrests on each side and an elegant five point seatbelt, and there are storage areas hidden behind the seats, capable of storing quite large objects such as a golf bag. On the other hand, the interior design is driver-orientated, with very prominent visual displays on the touchscreen and no distracting unnecessary details. The fine balance of being a dependable supercar is also reflected in the colour and trim: natural saddle leather for the seats and black alcantara and carbon fiber for the rest of the interior.

TECHNICAL

What is the engine?

Thre are two hybrid mechanics available, one is a V12 of 790hp coupled with an advanced hybrid gearbox technology which increases the total power output to 950hp distributed to the rear wheels; the other choice is a hybrid electric four wheel drive coupled with a twin turbo V6 of 550 hp to create a total of 870hp.

Why these two choices of technology?

Both technologies are a new step forward in performance car development. These configurations address the two uses for the Vulcano supercar, as illustrated by their respective names. The H-Turismo V12 is an ode to the passionate world of super GT. An Italian V12 is the heart of the machine and its hybrid technology augments its phenomenal power output. The H-Competizione is the pinnacle of innovative racing technology combining an ideal balance of power on each wheel with such ease that a non-professional driver could easily take on any racetrack at unbelievable speed.

What are these hybrid technologies?

The Vulcano Hybrid technology does not just deliver increased power, it is also a perfect combination of mechanics that will delete any jolt from gear changes, optimize the torque delivered on each driven wheel and reduce the time of a gear change to the same speed as a DSG without having the extra weight of a double clutch. This very convincing new technology has been successfully tested on the world rally champion Lancia 037 VOLTA last September.

What chassis does the Vulcano have?

The Chassis is made of aluminium extrusion with the engine in front-central position and the gearbox coupled to the rear axle for a perfect balance of weight. The suspension is double triangle front and rear with coiled springs all around.

What is the car’s autonomy in zero emission mode?

The Vulcano H-Turismo V12 can drive about 20 kilometres in the city. The Vulcano HCompetizione can drive 30 kilometres in full electric mode.

Why is the car front mid engine?

Our approach was not to make a street legal race car which has no practical use and makes for a difficult driving experience in all conditions except the track. Instead, the practical and well balanced packaged that is the mid-front engine layout allows for a more flexible approach, where beauty merges with extreme performance. The aerodynamics demanded by a supercar can be expressed in the most sensual and generous shapes, putting beauty and desire at the forefront of this car’s performance-driven image.

Is another engine available?

Yes. We have alternative options: this is a custom-made car so all engine options will be discussed individually with the client.

What is the performance difference between the H-Turismo V12 and The H-Competizione?

Both versions provide similar extremely high performance. The difference between the two is in the driving style. The H-Turismo V12 is a thoroughbred two wheel drive, extremely capable in the right hands. The H-Competizione is dedicated to reach the maximum drivability thanks to its extremely efficient technology which distributes the perfect power on each corner of the car at any speed. Although the top speed is very high, this is not the priority of either version; both have top speeds estimated at 350 km/h, a velocity rarely used on any super car or race car. The acceleration and handling are really the focus of the Vulcano. The H-Turismo V12 and the H-Competizione can accelerate from 0 – 100 Km/h in 3.1 and 2.9 seconds respectively, and from 0-200 km/h in 9.2 and 8.9 seconds. The main performance difference would be illustrated on the track, where the H-Competizione would also excel with ease in the hands of a non professional driver.

How do the doors open?

They have a double rotation axis to open elegantly vertically towards the rear.

What are the car’s dimensions?

The car’s dimensions are:

Length: 4.45m; Width: 1.94m; Height: 1.265m; Wheelbase: 2.698m; Weight: 1595 KG (HTurismo V12) and 1635 (H-Competizione).

What are the wheels?

The wheels of the Vulcano are forged aluminium, 20 x 10” in the front and 21 x 12.5” in the rear, custom-made in California by Modulare Forged. The tyres are Pirelli P Zero ultra high performance tyres, with a 355mm section in the rear and 285mm section in the front.

What are the brakes?

The Icona Vulcano braking system has been supplied by Brembo. The GT-R brakes are the finest high-performance aftermarket braking system ever engineered for production. Lighter and stiffer with excellent heat rejection, the 6 piston calipers are machined entirely from billet. Lightweight carbon ceramic discs of 380mm all round reduce inertia while dissipating heat exceptionally fast.

 

 

Car

 

Length

4450mm

Width

1940mm

Wheel base

2698mm

Mass

1595kg(H-T)  1635kg(H-C)

   

Tire

 

Front

285/30  20

Rear

355/25  21

   

Braking System

 

Front

380mm CCM-Rdisk  GT-R Calipers

Rear

380mm CCM-Rdisk  GT-R Calipers

 

Vulcano H-Turismo V-12

Vulcano H-Competizione

 

<2.0 sec

0-100 Kmph

2.9 sec

9.7 sec

Standing 400m

9.2 sec

350 Kmph

Top Speed (est)

350 Kmph

       

 

VULCANO

H-TURISMO V12

Total Power

950 HP

Key features

V12 Naturally aspired

Rear Wheel Drive

Electric boost and kinetic energy recovery

Zero Emission mode

Gear shift with torque infill

 

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE                                

 

Type

12 cylinder-V 65°

Total Displacement

5998 cm3

Material

Full alloy

Lubrification

Dry Sump

Valvetrain

48 valve, DOHC

Fuel system

Port Injection

Power

790 HP @ 8300 rpm

Torque

650 Nm @ 5500 rpm

         
         

ELECTRIC MOTOR

 

Type

Brushless

Nominal Voltage

450 Vdc

Maximum Torque

200 Nm @ 0-3000 rpm

Maximum Power

160 HP @ 3000-10000 rpm

Max rpm

18000

         
         

TRASMISSION

 

Type

AMT with torque infill

Configuration

6-Speed

 

VULCANO

H-COMPETIZIONE

Total Power

870 HP

Key features

V6 Twin Turbo Charged

Permanent All Wheel Drive

Electric boost and kinetic energy recovery  

Gear shift with torque infill

Zero Emission mode

 

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE                                      TWIN TURBO

 

Type

6 cylinder-V 60°

Total Displacement

3800 cm3

Material

Full Alloy

Lubrification

Dry Sump

Valvetrain

24 valve, DOHC, VVT

Fuel system

Port injection

Power

550 HP @ 6400 rpm

Torque

630 Nm @ 3200 - 5800 rpm

 

 

     
 

 

     

Front and Rear Electric motors

 

Type

Brushless

Nominal Voltage

450 Vdc

Maximum Torque

200 Nm @ 0-3000 rpm

Maximum Power

160 HP @ 3000-10000 rpm

Max rpm

18000

         
         

Rear Transmission

 

Type

AMT with torque infill

Configuration

6 - speed

 

 

     
 

 

     

Front Transmission

OG-037

Type

Single stage cylindrical gear/bevel set

Differential

Self locking differential

Ratio

Fixed Ratio 9.57

SOURCE: ICONA SHANGHAI

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