Building a car out of titanium certainly isn’t easy

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Icona, a design firm with Italian roots but headquartered in Shanghai, last year impressed us with a supercar concept whose body was made entirely of titanium.

The concept is called the Vulcano and it showcases the talent and capabilities of Icona’s design team. That means you won’t be able to purchase the Vulcano anytime soon but it’s still possible you’ll see a car styled like it someday.

Titanium is well known for its lightweight and sturdy properties but what isn’t so well known is just how difficult it is to work with. You get a sense of the challenges faced by Icona in creating its titanium-bodied concept in this video the company recently released. Responsible for building the concept was Italian coachbuilder and prototyping firm Cecomp, Icona’s parent company.

The Vulcano is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, the same unit fitted to the C6 Corvette ZR1 supercar. However, Icona has dialed up the performance of the engine to 670 horsepower. In a car that weighs in at 3,516 pounds, this output is enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in around 2.8 seconds. Top speed is a claimed 220 mph.

In case you still haven’t seen the Vulcano at previous reveals, Icona plans to unveil the concept at the 2016 Top Marques Monaco running next month. The show runs from April 14-17, at the famous Grimaldi Forum.

 
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