UK debut of Icona Vulcano set in September at 2013 Salon Privé

Article by Christian A., on July 6, 2013

Icona will unveil its Icona Vulcano super sport in the United Kingdom in September at the famed Salon Privé. Created in 2010, Icona launched the Fuselage electric concept car, which was a finalist at the 27th Festival Automobile International in Paris in the World’s Most Beautiful Concept Car contest. Icona then designed and developed the two-door, two-seater Vulcano, which had its global debut in Shanghai earlier this year.

This September, this enticing ultra-high performance car could be viewed for the first time in the UK. Powered by an exhilarating V-12 Hybrid that provides up to 950 hp of pure output, the Icona Vulcano could accelerate from zero to 120mph in less than 9 seconds, allowing it reach a top speed of 350 km/h.

The Vulcano was engineered by former Scuderia Ferrari technical director Claudio Lombardi. Icona sales director David Bagley remarked that they are delighted to choose Salon Privé for the UK debut of the Vulcano. He described the Vulcano as "beautiful car" which would look fantastic within the Concepts & Prototypes Display. For those who want to get their tickets Salon Privé, they can be availed at salonprivelondon.com or through calling the Ticket Hotline on 0808 100 2205.

Icona’s vision for the Vulcano came to life in 2012, when the company displayed its Fuselage electric concept car at the 27th Festival Automobile International in Paris, becoming one of the finalists in the World's Most Beautiful Concept Car competition.

From there on, Icona realized that if the Fuselage four-seater sedan managed to gain a lot of attention, then two-seater super sports car could even fascinate more. This was how the Icona Vulcano was conceptualized.

Samuel Chuffart, Design Director of Icona, remarked that, initially, the Vulcano was intended to have a front engine layout and to employ sculpted sides that could send away hot air hot air from the engine while reducing the air turbulence coming from the wheels. Chuffart then disclosed that when ideas started to flow in, designers were met by a very challenging design issue -- how to balance power and beauty. He noted that that when creating a feeling of aesthetic harmony, there is the tendency to include many lines, which in turn lowers the feeling of power.

On the other hand, providing the car with too many powerful elements – like cooling cutouts and blades – makes these features visually dominate the looks of the vehicle, thereby making the car less beautiful. Chuffart remarked that the design was able to strike the right balance by seeking simplicity.

Icona -- established in early 2010 – enjoys a unique position among design studios in Europe. Its team and commercial offices are based in Shanghai, China, allowing them to easily and conveniently communicate with Chinese clients, providing design services to a number of automakers in the country. Moreover, Icona has partnered with sector leaders Tecnocad Progetti and Cecomp in Torino Italy, thereby bringing together the best in design, engineering, modeling and prototyping in Europe.

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