China’s titanium Icona supercar appearing at Pebble Beach

Corvette-powered Icona Vulcano moves another step towards reality at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

China isn’t a country with much supercar heritage, despite its increasing wealth. Italy, on the other hand, has more than any other country on earth.

By combining Chinese money and Italian sculptural skills, you get the Icona Vulcano – a titanium-bodied supercar appearing in near-production form at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!

The car made its conceptual debut at the Shanghai motor show in 2013, and wowed crowds at Pebble Beach that year, too. Since then however, the Vulcano has moved another step towards production, with revised styling and a new engine.

Originally presented with a hybrid powertrain and claims of a 937bhp output, this year’s Vulcano uses a 670bhp supercharged V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The engine develops 620lb ft of torque, which it puts through a close-ratio, paddleshift gearbox developed by Automac Modena. Performance is strong – 60mph arrives in 2.8sec, 120mph in 8.8, and progress doesn’t halt until 220mph.

The structure is largely carbonfibre, with a hand-formed titanium skin. It’s not unattractive, though the keen-eyed will spot hints of Ferrari and Lexus LFA in its swoops, proportions and detailing.

It’s said to be effective though, reducing turbulence around the wheels and withdrawing hot air from the engine bay. Designer Samuel Chuffart took inspiration from the Blackbird SR-71 spy plane for the car’s forms.

There’s a hint of Ferrari in its development, too. The car’s powertrain has been developed by Claudio Lombardi, an ex-Scuderia Ferrari director. Alongside him is Mario Cavagnero, whose CV includes work with the Lancia Delta Integrale, Lancia 037 and Peugeot 205 T16.

Since its Shanghai debut, the Vulcano has gained a full interior design, with a low-slung seating position, driver-centric dashboard and eye-catching instruments.

More information will be revealed at Pebble Beach. The 2015 Concours d’Elegance takes place at Pebble Beach in Monterey, California, on Sunday August 16.

Advertisement - Article continues below



Bloodhound LSR hits 561mph in testing

15 Nov 2019

New Ferrari Roma: 612bhp, 198mph GT car joins the range

14 Nov 2019

McLaren Elva revealed – new open-top speedster adds to top-tier Ultimate Series

13 Nov 2019
Audi R8

Entry-level Audi R8 V10 RWD added to the range

6 Nov 2019

Most Popular


New Ferrari Roma: 612bhp, 198mph GT car joins the range

Ferrari has expanded its GT car range with the V8 powered Ferrari Roma
14 Nov 2019
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 GT3 vs GT3 RS vs GT2 RS - track battle

Porsche’s GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS are the most hardcore of the 911 breed, but pitched head‑to‑head which will we crown champion?
15 Nov 2019
Audi S8

Audi S8 review - enough to better the Mercedes-AMG S63?

Impressively agile and always effortless, the tech-packed S8 is still more limo than sports saloon
13 Nov 2019
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019