Icona Vulcano certainly is a vehicle that brings awesome performance and pedigree. Visitors at the Shanghai Auto Show were awed by this supercar concept. The Icona Vulcano is a two-door two-seater car powered by a V12 front engine that provides up to 900 hp through an excellent combination of combustion engine and electric motors.
This allows the supercar concept to accelerate from zero to 200 km/h in under ten seconds and reach a top speed of around 350 km/h. The powertrain of the Icona Volcano is a result of the masterful stroke of Claudio Lombardi, the former powertrain technical director of Ferrari and the man behind several world champion cars.
The design of the Icona Vulcano is a further evolution of the design language first introduced on the Icona Fuselage concept in 2011 by Samuel Chuffart, Icona's design director. This design approach aims to express the amazing capabilities of the Icona Vulcano, while maintaining its harmonious and generous shapes.
Chuffart, as design director of Icona, certainly boosted Icona’s philosophy with his international design experience. He played a vital role in the creation and realization of the current Nissan DNA during his eight-year stint at Nissan Design in Europe and the United States. He also worked for Jaguar-Land Rover, before being hired as Chief Designer at a leading design house in Italy in 2008.
It was back in 2012 when the notion for the Vulcano first came about. During this time, Icona was asked to be part of the 27th Festival Automobile International, held in Paris, and put on display its highly-celebrated electric concept car dubbed as the Fuselage. After all, the Fuselage was a finalist of the World's Most Beautiful Concept Car contest. With this, Icona set a new objective.
According to the brand, if they could attract people with the four-seater Fuselage sedan, then the possibility was always there for offer a two-seater super sport. This set the stage for the birth of the Vulcano. Icona Design Director Samuel Chuffart shared that in the beginning, the Vulcano was envisioned to have a front engine configuration.
There was also the plan, he said, to have a body side that is strongly sculptured, allowing hot air to be removed from the engine and at the same time lower air turbulence being produced by the wheels. However, he continued, as the various ideas started coming together, it was clear that the biggest hurdle when it came to design was in finding the correct balance when it came to beauty and power.
Chuffart revealed that when coming up with a more aesthetic harmony, there is always the risk of having so many sweet lines and thus lower any feeling of power. He said further that given this is a super sports car, there had to be some powerful features like blades and cooling cutouts that help manage the vehicle’s air flow. The problem is that when such powerful features become too graphically dominant, it results in the car being less attractive.
However, Icona did manage to find the correct balance by focusing on the greatest simplicity, Chuffart concluded. Icona was established during the early part of 2010 and is considered unique among the many design studios in Europe. Icona is based mainly in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai. This is not simply a commercial office but the whole team is there since the goal was to make communication with its clients in China convenient and easy.
With a team composed of members coming from eight countries, Icona offers design services to all of China’s most respected auto manufacturers. By entering into a partnership with segment leaders Tecnocad Progetti and Torino, Italy-based Cecomp, the company is able to get the best when it comes to Europe design, modeling, engineering, and prototyping experience.