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22 April 2013

One-off Icona Vulcano lands in Shanghai

950bhp V12 hybrid supercar revealed at Chinese motor show. Like it?

Vijay Pattni
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This is a brand new car. As in, brand new. It’s the first model to come from Icona – not to be confused with those fine purveyors of chilli sauce, Encona – which is a company specialising in the thing we admire most here at TopGear. Poweeerrr.

And what power. All those angles and vents and swoops and rakes – with more than a hint of Ferrari F12 about it – hide a 6.0-litre V12 and an electric motor underneath, producing a total of 950bhp. This is called the ‘H-Turismo V12’, is front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, and will transport you and your considerable wealth from 0-100kph in three seconds, 0-200kph in 9.2s and hit a top speed of 350kph.

There’s another powertrain offered, called the ‘H-Competizione’, which takes a twin-turbo V6 and a pair of electric motors – one on each axle, to make four-wheel-drive – for a grand total of 880bhp. With this party hat on, the Vulcano will sprint to 100kph in 2.9s, 0-200kph in 8.9s and the same top speed as the V12.

The man responsible for such monstrous power is none other than Claudio Lombardi; the same man who worked with Lancia’s World Rally Championship years in the 80s, and Ferrari’s F1 powertrain team in the 90s. This man has a Big Brain.

As for that body? It was created by a chap called Samuel Chuffart, who followed on from the company’s 2011 ‘Fuselage’ concept and turned it into a two-seater supercar. As for his CV, he’s worked with Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover and even Bertone. The idea for such a strongly sculpted body for this Vulcano comes from the need to “evacuate hot air from the engine and reduce the air turbulence generated by the wheels”. Quite.

Speaking of the wheels, it sits on 20in front and 21in rear forged aluminium alloys, with carbon ceramic brakes behind them and six-pot Brembo calipers.

Like it? It’s a one-off, specially built for the Chinese market (Icona is run out of Shanghai), but as is probably the case, if you have the means, the Icona team could indulge your passions…

Tags: shanghai 13, icona, vulcano

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