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 V12 Hybrid is a high-end A Class car, with the following rank statistics:
- Starting rank: 1441
- MAX rank: 1648
- MAX+PRO rank: 1770
- 0808 Elite Tuning rank: 1788
- Tuning Kit bonus: +41
The Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid has a Speed Modification of 94.74%, which is unique. It is one of only three Class A vehicles to have a Speed Modification (the other two being the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe Touring Car 2014 and Mosler GT3).
The Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid's main weakness is its poor drifting abilities. Despite this, it is the third-best car in Class A in terms of overall performance, only behind the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage and the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. The Vulcano 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 and Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition (with its improved acceleration from this update, but still only on long tracks).
This is the official review of the Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid on the Asphalt YouTube channel, made by Elite_HectorX and published on October 27, 2016:
Time to reach end of Tokyo straight: 7.524s
Perfect nitro duration: 9.768s
Triple nitro duration: 7.425s
French Guiana lap time: 54.945s
Final verdict: "Icona can complete a race in French Guiana in just 54.945 seconds, even faster than the TRION NEMESIS. It has an amazing top speed, a good nitro duration and acceptable handling. As a result, it will be really useful in Time-limited Events of you don't own the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage."
Price and Availability
Following its debut in the October 2016 EDD event, the Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid was made available for sale from March 10-13, 2017, during which it cost 11,000. As of the Car Blueprints Update, the Vulcano can be assembled with 35 Rare-rarity BP cards. Assembly takes 6 hours to complete but can be skipped for up to 312.
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