Should This Be The Successor To The Incredible Icona Vulcano?


Just imagine how hard it'd be to forge that bodywork out of titanium!

Icona might not have wowed in the same way Koenigsegg and Pagani did when they came on the scene, but the Sino-Italian supercar maker has nonetheless generated a lot of attention. The original spec sheets from the Vulcano's unveiling three years ago, and the latest example's all-titanium body shell, certainly outweigh any disappointment of seeing a Chevy small-block V8 under the hood of a $2.78 million car. If Icona really wants to be on the supercar map, though, it could attract serious attention by putting this mad motor into production.

The Icona concept you see here is just a design study by French design student Julien Fesquet, at least for the time being. Actually it may stay that way forever, with the GT badging makes it pretty obvious that this is yet again a hypothetical Vision Gran Turismo car. The VGT association, though, is perhaps the only cliche that's associated with this Icona, as the rest of the car is incredibly bold with some clever little details involved. Perhaps the most interesting of these is the concept of milling the exterior stressed member chassis structures out of individual blocks of titanium. Impractical, yes, but nonetheless incredibly creative. Besides, what's impractical today often ends up being commonplace sooner or later thanks to the march of time and tech.

If you can recall the Peugeot M15 we featured many months ago and see similarities between that and this concept there's a very good reason for the deja vu: They're both the work of Fesquet. He's an alumnus of France's IDK Rubika design school who's conjured up plenty of angular concept cars during his time as a student. Considering we actively look out for different designers in these kinds of car articles, the fact we've featured Fesquet twice already should indicate that-in our eyes, at least-the young Frenchman is pretty handy as an automotive designer. As such, we do hope a car maker (preferably one native to France) sees the potential in this young man and brings him on board to its exterior styling department.

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