But now it is real, and it’s coming to England, more specifically the Salon Prive Concours event, being held at Blenheim Palace in September.
Made of titanium, it’s said to be inspired by the mighty Blackbird SR-71 plane. We’d argue it’s nowhere near as superb to look at, but it is very arresting nonetheless. And Icona’s design director Samuel Chuffart is only too happy to divulge the troubles he had deciding how the Vulcano should look.
“The most challenging design issue which we faced was how to create a balance between power and beauty,” he says. “If you make too much of the powerful features which are necessary to a super sports car, such as its cooling cutouts and blades which manage the air flow, they become graphically too dominant, and this makes the car less beautiful.”
Chuffart reckons, though, that the Vulcano gets the balance spot on. Icona says that it took 10,000 hours to craft the titanium into the shapes required.
Plenty of love has gone into the interior, too. With leather, carbon and Alcantara, it ticks off all the important supercar cabin materials. The steering wheel appears to have been lifted from a Ferrari 458, sharing the same design – indicator buttons and all – albeit with a different manettino switch with fewer functions.
There’s a very techy TFT instrument display, a Tesla-like portrait screen (some grabs from which are above) and some tactile looking toggle switches. The seats are from Sabelt, a company with strong motorsport links.
Power is, of course, important in a car like this. It comes from a tried-and-tested source for obscure supercar makers, being a supercharged V8 from General Motors, namely the 6.2-litre from the Corvette ZR1.
It produces 661bhp and 605lb ft, good for 0-62mph in 2.8secs and 0-124mph in 8.6secs. Top speed? It “exceeds 355km/h” we’re told, which means 220mph-plus. The brakes are carbon ceramics, so it should be easy to get rid of all that speed, too. Phew.
Icona is also claiming Nürburgring Nordschleife “capability” of below 7:20, which would make it quicker than the ZR1, and potentially the Nissan GT-R, too. We look forward to seeing whether its capability will ever be proven.
Smitten by the Vulcano without such proof? It’s a one-off, but you can buy it. If you have 2.5million euros to hand, anyhow, which is about £2.1million.
More than a Bugatti Chiron, more than a Lamborghini Centenario and more than a McLaren P1 GTR. But unlike those, you can guarantee you’ll never park alongside another Vulcano.
Simple one, then. Would you take your briefcase of crisp bank notes to Icona?