This Porsche-powered hypercar from Canada could fill the void while we wait for a 918 Spyder successor.
The hypercar scene used to be reserved for renowned performance car manufacturers like Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and Pagani, but now we’re starting to see more obscure manufacturers enter the fray. We recently saw Japan’s oddly named Aspark Owl debut at Frankfurt boldly claiming to be the fastest accelerating car in the world with 1,000 hp and a targeted 0-60 mph time of under two seconds. And now Canada has a new hypercar in the pipeline with this: the Anibal Icon.
If the Anibal Automotive name sounds familiar, the firm is a renowned Porsche tuner, and now it’s applying its tuning-know-how to build a hypercar. The Icon is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six from a 911 Turbo S, but the output in this crazy Canadian hypercar has been cranked up to a very respectable 920 hp. Only 50 are planned for production, along with five even more extreme models known as the Drastic edition. Weighing in at 1,542 kg, the dramatically designed carbon fiber body features several active aero elements. Its semi-exposed front end gives it the appearance of an open-wheel race car.
Openings at either side of the nose feature active elements, and the rear wing also actively changes to improve the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. There’s also a set of gullwing doors enabling you to make a grand entrance. The mid-mounted flat-six sends power to both axles, allegedly allowing the Icon to hit 0-62 mph in 2.4 seconds. Active dampers in the suspension and four-wheel steering should also make it a hoot to handle, and carbon-ceramic brake discs should provide immense stopping power. This could fill the void until Porsche eventually builds a hypercar successor to the 918 Spyder. Then again, the 911 GT2 RS might as well be a hypercar after smashing the Nurburgring lap record.