Who will be the lucky (and wealthy) owner of the Icona Vulcano Titanium?

Some weeks ago, Icona announced it would take the Vulcano Titanium to the Salon Privé, in the United Kingdom. The event ended in September 3, but the main doubt about this car still remains: who will be the elected owner of the only titanium hypercar in the world?

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The Icona Vulcano has this name exactly due to the material used to build its body. It is entirely made of the noble metal, while its structure is made of a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber. The Italian hypercar is 4.45 m long, 1.96 m wide, 1.24 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.70 m. It is powered by a 6.2 supercharged V8 that may sound familiar to most of our readers. And that really is, since it is the LS9, taken from a Corvette C6 ZR1. The powerplant has been tweaked by Claudio Lombardi, an ex-Scuderia Ferrari engineer director, and by Mario Cavagnero, head of Italtecnica, a company that has created many world champion race cars. With their help, the LS9 goes from 476 kW to 500 kW and from 819 Nm to 820 Nm.

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With a weight of 1,595 kg, the Vulcano has a 3.19 kg/kW power-to-weight ratio. It is able to reach a top speed of 355 km/h and accelerations from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 s and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.6 s. The 2-seater uses Pirelli PZERO 285/30 ZR 20 tires on the front axle and 355/25 ZR 21 rubbers on the rear axle. Stopping power is provided by Brembo, with 6 piston calipers for the front wheels and and 4 piston calipers for the rear wheels, with carbon-ceramic discs.

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The interior is pretty impressive for a company that has produced only one car. But that is not as astonishing as it could be. The Vulcano has been produced by Cecomp, a famous Italian studio for prototypes. The 2003 Lancia Fulvia Coupé Concept, for example, has been made by them. Inside the Vulcano you can find a 12.3-inch TFT display instead of a conventional instrument panel. The steering wheel, with a flat bottom and lots of buttons, such as the start, is exactly like the ones used by Ferrari apart from the Icona symbol on the center. The car also offers a modern infotainment system.

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What has amazed people the most is not the fact that the Vulcano has a titanium body inspired on the world’s fastest plane, the titanium-made SR-71 Blackbird, but its price. Icona asks € 2.5 million for its one-off creation. If that sound too much for a so far unknown company, even with a titanium body that has consumed more than 10,000 hour of work, remember the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster will cost € 2 million each. And that there will be 20 units produced, while the Icona is a unique car. Besides, Icona already has 3 candidates to taking it home. We are just waiting for the company to announce it finally has an owner. Who most certainly will prefer to remain anonymous. Wouldn’t you?

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.