Icona previews Vulcano supercar

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Icona previews Vulcano supercar

Icona, an Italian design house based in Shanghai, has revealed the first image of the Vulcano, a one-off supercar powered by a V12 engine and penned by designer Samuel Chuffart.

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Set to debut at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show in April, the Vulcano supercar is an exclusive two-seater sportscar equipped with a front-mounted V12 engine coupled with electric motors.

Icona Vulcano previewThe drivetrain was developed under the direction of Claudio Lombardi, former powertrain technical director of Ferrari.

The first official specifications are a power output of up to 900 hp, a top speed of around 350 km/h and a 0-200 km/h time under ten seconds.

The design of the Icona Vulcano was penned by Samuel Chuffart, the company’s design director, and is an evolution of the form language introduced on the Icona Fuselage concept in 2011.

“The aim of the design approach is to express the amazing capabilities of this extremely powerful car, while maintaining harmonious and generous shapes: bringing together the Beauty and the Beast.”

2011 Icona Fuselage Concept 2011 Icona Fuselage Concept

Above: the 2011 Icona Fuselage Concept

About designer Samuel Chuffart

After attending Art Center College of Design in Swizerland and USA, French designer Samuel Chuffart began his career with Nissan Automotive. In his eight years with Nissan, he spent time at their studios in Munich, London, Detroit and California.

During his eight year tenure at Nissan Design in Europe and the US, Mr. Chuffart played an instrumental role in the creation and realization of the Nissan DNA which is known today.

Chuffart then moved to Jaguar-Land Rover, before being selected for the position of Chief Designer at Stile Bertone in Italy in 2008, successfully developing numerous production cars soon to be seen on the road.

About Icona Shanghai

Founded in 2010, Icona is a Shanghai-based company with Italian traditions: its roots are located within the Turin area, and thanks to its integrated partnership with Tecnocad Progetti and Cecomp – both located in Turin – it aims at offering complete design and engineering services to the Chinese market.

About Claudio Lombardi

Claudio Lombardi is one of the most successful Italian motor engineers: racing director of Lancia that won seven World Rally Championships with 037 Rally and Delta S4 from 1982 to 1991, powertrain technical director of Ferrari for Formula One and GT cars from 1991 to 2000, and project leader of Aprilia to win the Superbike World Championship in 2010 with Max Biaggi, using one of the most powerful and light engines ever developed in its category.

In the last two years Lombardi founded AIPA to develop different powertrain concepts to make the most of the combination of combustion engines and electric motors for innovative integral powertrain.

(Source: Icona Design & Engineering)

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