The lucky buggers at Automobile Magazine recently got the chance to test out the world’s first titanium supercar in the form of the Icona Vulcano. Built by the good folks at Centro Esperienze Costruzione Modelli e Prototipi (CECOMP for short) in Turin, Italy, it’s their first foray into original construction, having previously worked on concept cars for the likes of Ferrari and Aston Martin.
Named for the unique vacuum chamber required to weld the titanium and carbon-fibre body, it’s certainly a fierce and fiery statement of intent from one of the biggest movers and shakers in the concept car game. With a design inspired by the fastest plane in the world, the SR-71 Blackbird, it’s certainly one of the most striking cars we’ve come across. The handcrafted titanium body alone took 10,000 hours of blood, sweat and tears and the result looks to justify the hard work.
It’s powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine and estimated to do 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of roughly 355km/h and a custom-built paddle-shift close ratio gearbox from CECOMP’s neighbours Automac Modena. The one-of-a-kind model went on sale September 1 for around 2.5 million Euros, so chances are there’s already a rich European bastard cruising the streets of Paris or Rome in inimitable style.