Icona vulcano [World First Titanium Car]
Icona Vulcano Inspired by the world’s fastest plane, the titanium-made SR-71 Blackbird.
Icona Vulcano Inspired by the world’s fastest plane, the titanium-made SR-71 Blackbird, Icona brings its purist, impeccable design language to a whole new level: the design is bold, with beautifully sculpted forms flowing between each sharp surface. This Italian super sports car redefines the standard in the segment. With its streamlined silhouette, thrilling dynamics and excellent quality, Vulcano Titanium delivers an unparalleled sports car experience. It unites mighty performance with a character perfectly suited to racing as well as daily use; its wide-ranging new technologies work together in a fully integrated fashion. Created by the Italian design studio Icona, the one-off Vulcano Titanium is a completely unique car, displaying the first full titanium body ever made. Alongside its surprisingly high performance and pedigree, the design of the Icona Vulcano is a strong evolution of the very advanced form language which was first introduced on the Icona Fuselage concept in 2011 by Samuel Chuffart, Icona’s design director, who says: “Inspiration for the Vulcano came from the most recent airplanes and architectural challenges where we find exquisitely sharp and dramatic silhouettes complimenting sensual surface transitions. This was key to the styling of the Vulcano.”Thanks to SHELBY KNICK SK_03.11 (1) 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 Beauty and the Beast. The very first idea for the Vulcano was to use a front mid-engine layout, and a strongly sculpted body side which would evacuate the hot air from the engine and reduce the air turbulence generated by the wheels. “As different ideas came together, the most challenging design issue which we faced was how to create a balance between power and beauty. When you’re trying to create a feeling of aesthetic harmony, you risk creating too many sweet lines, which decreases the feeling of power. On the other hand, if you make too much of the powerful features which are necessary to a super sports car such as its cooling cutouts and blades which manage the air flow, they become graphically too dominant, and this makes the car less beautiful. The way we found the right balance was using symmetrical signatures for the greatest simplicity” said Samuel Chuffart. The Vulcano uses a consistent theme of dynamic triangles set in horizontal symmetry, reminiscent of the Icona logo, which balance the dynamism of the volume. To connect the features and divide each part, tight lines compliment the voluptuous shape, enhancing the car’s sensual power. The bare titanium body was built in Italy by renowned one-off and prototype manufacturer CECOMP, involving more than 10,000 hours of hand-crafted work in its purest form. Made principally from carbon fiber and trimmed in Poltrona Frau Leather as well as black Alcantara, the high tech interior design has a racing-inspired feel. Comfortably installed in his lightweight carbon fiber seat, the driver is surrounded by screens from cluster to the large touch screen of the console, gathering together functions such as GPS, radio and car diagnostics but also air conditioning. This brings a modern simplicity to the overall design in a sophisticated and refined way. The cockpit is dominated by innovation. The 12.3-inch TFT display configures a number of different modes and provides the driver with all key information in a digital format. The most important functions such as start, lights, indicators or windows remain analogue with pilot functions such as the aero wing deployment switch on the steering wheel. Inside the Vulcano, the driver and co-driver enjoy then an iconic simple design, but in a very comfortable space. The slender lines of the instrument panel and the center tunnel are indicative of the lightness of the driver-orientated interior design. The low seats made by world famous Sabbelt with their pronounced contouring and integrated backrests provide the body with excellent grip and support; and they are fully electrically adjustable. All the final materials, which give the interior its signature, can be extensively customized down to the smallest detail. The “made in Italy” craftsmanship delivers a definitive sense of refinement and high quality. The complete engineering drivetrain and suspension is the work of famous ex-Scuderia Ferrari engineer director Claudio Lombardi along with Mario Cavagnero, head of Italtecnica and father of some of the most famous world champion race cars. Their combined experience and skills ensure that the Vulcano’s performance is the very best there is, with a Nurburgring Nordschleife capability under 7 min and 20 sec. The V8 supercharged engine of the Vulcano Titanium generates its phenomenal propulsion from a 6.2 liter displacement. It produces a very usable power output of 670 hp and a maximum torque of 820 Nm at 6,600 rpm. With its power-to-weight ratio of 2.38 kilograms per hp, the Vulcano Titanium performance figures are exhilarating: the top speed exceeds 355 km/h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is 2.8 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 8.6 seconds – which offers an indication of its dynamics. The wheels of the Vulcano Titanium are lightweight forged aluminum, equipped with Pirelli PZERO 285/30 ZR 20 on the front and 355/25 ZR 21 on the rear. The brakes are 6 and 4 piston calipers, the Brembo carbon-ceramic brake system delivering exceptional power. Thanks to the short ratio paddle shift transmission from Automac Milano, the shift times and clutch calibration are optimized in order to implement the best balance in the distribution of power to the road, key to using maximum power on the road. This system completely eliminates any traditional gear lever on the center console and uses only paddles behind the steering wheel. The end result is an extreme driving simplicity and a considerable changing speed at the tip of the fingers, without needing to take your hands off the steering wheel. The geometry of the suspension is designed with respect for traditional solutions: double triangles front and rear combined with coil coaxial springs. The shock absorbers and torsion bars are fully adjustable in rebound and compression which gives a large range of possibilities in order to identify the most suitable calibration for the driving conditions. The adjustable spring preload allows the alteration of riding height and a better weight distribution all round. Innovative lightweight concept: hybrid body made from titanium, carbon fiber and aluminum chassis Refined aerodynamic with an optimum drag coefficient of 0.34 with optimum performance downforce Advanced exterior design, full-LED illumination technology. Extremely fast-shifting 6-speed single-clutch transmission. Elegant interior design, top craftsmanship and various custom-tailoring options. Cockpit with 3D driver display cluster and a 12.3″ TFT touch screen on the central console to control: Infotainment (Music and Radio) Comfort (Electric seats control, Air conditioning) Vision aid system (Theme camera with display on the cluster and reverse camera with display on the central screen) Racing mode display Alongside its astonishing performance and pedigree, the design of the Icona VULCANO is an evolution of the very advanced form language which was first introduced on the Icona Fuselage concept in 2011 by Samuel Chuffart, Icona’s design director. 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. The very first idea for the Vulcano was to use a front engine layout, and to use a strongly sculpted body side which would evacuate the hot air from the engine and reduce the air turbulence generated by the wheels. “As different ideas came together, the most challenging design issue which we faced was how to create a balance between power and beauty. When you’re trying to create a feeling of aesthetic harmony, you risk creating too many sweet lines, which decreases the feeling of power. On the other hand, if you make too much of the powerful features which are necessary to a super sports car such as its cooling cutouts and blades which manage the air flow, they become graphically too dominant, and this makes the car less beautiful. The way we found the right balance was usually by looking for the greatest simplicity” said Samuel Chuffart. The Vulcano uses a consistent theme of dynamic triangles set in horizontal symmetry, reminiscent of the ICONA logo, which balance the dynamism of the volume. To connect the features and divide each part, tight lines compliment the voluptuous shape, enhancing the car’s sensual power. Talented young French designer Samuel Chuffart brings exceptional international experience to his role as design director of Icona. 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. Mr. Chuffart then moved to Jaguar-Land Rover, before being selected for the coveted position of Chief Designer in Italy in 2008, successfully developing numerous production cars soon to be seen on the road. Chuffart Founded in early 2010, ICONA brings together the best of European design, engineering, modeling and prototyping experience in the automotive sector. Through its integrated partnership with sector leaders Tecnocad Progetti and Cecomp located in Torino (Italy), ICONA offers complete engineering support to integrate feasibility into styling from the early stages and provides design models to complex prototypes. Engine The powertrain is the work of well-known Claudio Lombardi, former powertrain technical director of Ferrari and mastermind of numerous world champion cars, and Mario Cavagnero, the man behind the Lancia Racing team and father of the engine of many championship-winning cars (the famous Lancia Integrale and 037, as well as the complete Peugeot T16 family). Capable to be tuned to well over 1.000 horsepower should the owner demand it, the optimized 670 horsepower and 840 N/m of its supercharged V8 is coupled with a paddle-shift close ratio gearbox from Automac Modena, allowing 0 to 60 miles/hr in 2.8 seconds and 120 miles/hr in 8.8 seconds. The shift times, the ratios and differential gear have been optimized and calibrated in order to achieve the best balance in the distribution of power. This system allows to eliminate the traditional gear lever replacing it with the pades connected to the sensors on the steering column. The result achives an extreme simplicity of combined driving at a considerable speed of change by only touching the blades with fingers, without ever taking hands off the steering wheel. Also the geometry of the suspensions have been revolutionized in respect of the traditional solutions. The shock absorbers are fully adjustable in rebound and compression, and this makes the choice possible between several possible settings in order to identify the most suitable calibration to the drive type. The coil coaxial springs (which replace the typical leaf springs) combined with the new shock absorber has a tunable spring preload, this allows proper modification of heights and a better weight distribution on the front and rear. Front and rear anti-roll bars, widely adjustable, allow to vary the stiffness depending on use. The naked titanium body was sculptured by CECOMP involving more than 10,000 hours of hand-crafted work in the most pure form. Claudio Lombardi is one of the most successful Italian motor engineers: racing director of Lancia who 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 lightest and most powerful engines ever developed in its category. Two years ago Lombardi founded AIPA to develop different powertrain concepts which maximise the combination of combustion engines and electric motors for innovative integral powertrain. AIPA is a company association for the development of new powertrain concepts for race cars and production vehicles. Under the direction of Mr. Lombardi, AIPA brings together the expertise of Mario Cavagnero from Italtecnica in combustion engine development and prototyping, Beppe Volta in race car preparation and tuning, and Stefano Carabelli from Actua in mechatronic products to create innovative hybrid powertrains which are implemented on fully working vehicle prototypes. Actua – Actuation and Control Technologies S.r.l is a spin-off of the Politecnico di Torino which was founded in 2005 by professor Stefano Carabelli and a group of Masters and PhD students from its Mechatronics Laboratory. The company is an “engineering workshop” for the development of Energy Efficient Technologies. Actua focuses on innovation in design and prototyping for the industrial development of new mechatronic products in the transportation and renewable energy sectors. Actua’s motto is “Innovation means inventions implemented and taken to market”. Italtecnica S.r.l. is an automotive tuning and development company founded in 1984 by Mario Cavagnero. Italtecnica managed the Peugeot Sport team at the highest level in competitions such as the Paris-Dakar in 1988 and the Campionato Italiano Superturismo in 1994. In more recent years, a professional partnership with Maserati led to the development of the Maserati GT Light, winner of the Italian GT3 Championship in 2005. Italtecnica’s facilities include six fully equipped test benches for engine performance, thermal and durability tests, with metrological support laboratory and mechanical workshop.