Why titanium? The Icona Vulcano will become the first sports titanium
In view of the events, the day will come when the steel is an anecdotal material into our cars. Much remains to this day. Meanwhile, we are seeing as more and more cars are turning to aluminum and carbon fiber, starting with sports and luxury cars, and getting closer to the general segment. But what you say about building a sports titanium? It is what has been proposed an Italian company, creators of icona Vulcano, Titanium receiving the tagline to remind us that it is the first car titanium, or at least it makes more extensive use of this valuable material.
Why titanium? When we hear this news, sometimes I think these smaller manufacturers try to have their moment of glory, look for the easy holder (see graphene and the GTA Spano). With us they have succeeded. But to be honest, to use titanium in the construction of a car seems like a very interesting solution for their properties.
Titanium, although its high price may make us think otherwise, is one of the most common metals on our planet, but always chemically bonded to other elements, why requires a complex metallurgical process. Commercially, different alloys, which consequently enjoy different properties are used. Is it a suitable material for a car?
Titanium is light, but not more than aluminum, or that the carbon fiber to which has been merged into the body of the car. It is very simplistic (a lot), arguably titanium has properties that would place it halfway between the steel and aluminum. For example, titanium is mechanically very strong and has a high hardness, as alloys, as much or more than steel. But above all, it is almost infallible in combating corrosion.
It is precisely this last property that leads us to imagine what they were the creators of this Icona Vulcano, which will be presented in a few days at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach. The properties of titanium would make him an excellent candidate to show off her naked body, without any paint finish, or with a light primer that allows glisten more than a disco ball. To confirm that indeed that was the excuse to use titanium, still have to wait a few days to open its doors event at Pebble Beach. In any case, if you really want to be the first sports titanium, the version presented at Pebble Beach has to be more than a prototype. To achieve that milestone is to reach the street with this option.
The Icona Vulcano, incidentally, is a project aimed Claudio Lombardi, who once directed the development of engines in Formula 1 Ferrari in the nineties, and the Lancia 037 and Delta S4 in the eighties. This sport, which will be produced in very limited series, appeared in Shanghai last year. Y marketing was announced in two flavors, a hybrid V12 (950 hp) and a V6 biturbo and hybrid (870 hp).
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