Anibal Icon: German heart meets Canadian Soul
There's no shortage of supercar startups chasing the established big-boys at the moment. From all-electric cars like the NIO EP9 to the graphene-laden GTA Spano, free thinkers are spoilt for choice. That hasn't deterred Anibal from having a crack at creating a handsome, high-powered supercar. Meet the Icon, a Canadian supercar with a German heart.
Anibal isn't new to the car modifying game, but the Icon is unquestionably its most audacious project yet. Power will come from a 991.2-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S flat-six engine making 920 hp (686 kW), for a 60 mph (97 km/h) sprint time of just 2.4 seconds –faster than the McLaren P1 or LaFerrari. The car is expected to weigh around 3,400 lb (1,542 kg).
To make sure it doesn't turn into an expensive Canadian missile, there are active aerodynamics at both ends, including a flip-up rear spoiler and moving front air intakes. It'll also be all-wheel drive, and come with four-wheel steering as standard.
That should make for better traction in poor weather and, depending on its calibration, a tighter turning circle at low speeds, and carbon ceramic brakes will be standard to ensure the car stops just as well as it goes. Active suspension is mentioned in the teaser video as well, but there's no detail about whether the driver will be able to toggle through different drive modes or whether there will be cameras to read the road ahead like some current cars.
The body itself will be made of carbon fiber, as will the frame and integrated rollcage. The car will have gullwing doors for a touch of supercar drama, and the front-end has elements of Ferrari (the race-style nose) and Cadillac (the vertical, angular headlights) about it. Down back, the swollen wheel arches and massive air vents can't hide the fact Anibal has stolen the brake lights from Porsche.
As is usually the case with these limited-run supercars, we'd be taking the claimed performance figures with a grain of salt. But Anibal has form when it comes to tuning cars: it has power kits for the Boxster, Cayman and Carrera already, and offers some particularly un-subtle bodykits in its catalog as well.
With that said, the company isn't promising anything we haven't seen before on the technology front, making it more likely to see the light of day than the unobtanium-powered concepts from other would-be manufacturers. Anibal is planning to build just 50 examples, so get in quick if you like what you see.