For car makers, titanium has many attractive qualities.
Stronger than steel. Lightweight. Non-corrodible.
It is, however, wildly difficult to work with. But Shanghai design firm Icona — along with parent company Cecomp — managed to do just that, putting in some reported 10,000 hours of handcraft work to create the Vulcano, the world's first titanium-bodied car.
Those hefty man hours? They come at a price. Originally constructed strictly as a concept, the Vulcano is set to fetch for approximately $2.78 million — prices we’d typically see tacked on to the Bugatti and Koenigseggs of the world.
But what the Vulcano delivers on style, it also delivers in power. She’s equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 out of a Corvette ZR1 set in front of the cabin, but behind the axle, for top-notch control and dynamics. And she’ll pump out 670 HP, 620 pound-feet of torque and hit 0-60 in 2.8 seconds with a max speed of 220 MPH.
Combined with forged aluminum wheels and a primarily carbon-fiber constructed cabin, the Vulcano is light and lightning fast.
Interested buyers/voyeurs have a gander at the 2016 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance in the UK this September.
Via Motor Authority