Icona, a Shanghai-based design and engineering consultancy, added some supercar intrigue to the Shanghai motor show with the unveiling of its 950-hp gasoline-electric hybrid powered Vulcano concept -- a car quickly billed as China's new Ferrari. The front-engined GT was created expressly to drum up business for Icona. It is a busy combination of Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Lexus LFA and Chevy Corvette design cues all rolled into one aggressive-looking package, and yes, it boasts the classic front engine/rear drive layout. Former Jaguar and Nissan designer Samuel Chuffart is responsible for the car's styling. He says the goal was to create a combination where “beauty and beast come together.”
The car's length and width are 175.2 inches and 76.4 inches respectively, with the wheelbase extending to 106.2 inches. It is clothed in a carbon-fiber body and uses an aluminum chassis.
Icona is proposing two versions, both powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid driveline using a V12 engine (unspecified capacity) with an electric motor and seven-speed gearbox -- a system that sounds similar to Ferrari's HY-KERS arrangement. This is no real coincidence; the man behind the car's technical aspects is Claudio Lombardi, who previously worked in Ferrari's powertrain division.
An 807 hp rear-wheel drive version is claimed to weigh 3,509 pounds, with a 950 hp four-wheel drive flagship said to tip the scales at 3,597 pounds. Like much about the Vulcano, the claimed accelerative properties are theoretical at best. Icona claims 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds, 0-124 mph in 9.2 seconds, a 9.7-second standing quarter-mile time and 217 mph top speed for the rear-wheel drive variant and 2.9 seconds, 8.7 seconds, 9.2 seconds and the same 217 mph top speed for the four-wheel drive example.
The Icona Vulcano appears as a top A Class car, with a starting rank of 1441, a MAX rank of 1648, and a MAX+PRO rank of 1770. The Vulcano is found inbetween the Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 and Chevrolet 2016 Camaro SS. Elite Tuning can uptune the car to 1788. A Tuning Kit adds 41 points, giving it a legitimate maximum of 1829.
Although acceleration and nitro efficiency are somewhat average, its main two weaknesses are its poor drifting abilities, attributed to by its weight and wheelbase, and having a fake top speed multiplier of 94.74%, which is unique to the car. Despite these weaknesses, it is the third best-performing car in Class A, only behind the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage and the McLaren Mercedes MP4-25. The Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid mainly rivals the TRION NEMESIS, McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, HTT Pléthore LC 750, Ferrari Enzo Ferrari, and Chevrolet 2016 Camaro SS.
The overall performance of the Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid makes it a viable alternative to users who do not have the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. As of the Car Blueprints Update, both cars have been superseded by the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.
Following its debut in the October 2016 EDD event, the Vulcano would not be made available for sale until March 10 to March 13, 2017.
As of the Car Blueprints Update, the Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid is now permanently available but must be assembled with Blueprints.
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