Icon Helios To Use Tesla Model X Powertrain…Maybe
Jonathan Ward, the founder of Icon, presented recently concept artwork of Helios, the streamlined car out of our times.
The name comes from Greek god of wind.
The shape reminds us of post-WWI aircraft and is focused exclusively on aerodynamics (the drag coefficient probably is lowest).
Jonathan Ward told Jalopnik:
“Although almost all of our projects thus far have been recreations inspired by vintage vehicles, I am fascinated about the concept of revisiting history in our own way. The most interesting way to do this is by celebrating a particular era of design, or design language. More interesting still, is when we start to think about what could have happened had history gone a different way. This ‘revisionist’ approach to transportation design has filled my little brain with tons of ideas and theoreticals.”
For us, the most interesting part is that Helios could be based on the Tesla Model X platform, with dual-motor all-wheel-drive system and battery pack for 380-mile range!
Jonathan Ward continues:
“In keeping with the founding premise at ICON, of fusing vintage design with the best modern drive experience and technology, I can think of no better platform to build this on, than the Tesla. I have such great respect for the company and the creative spirit of Mr. Musk, plus the S is a blast to drive.”
“I want to take the new Model X platform – so selectable AWD, 380-mile range, pure electric – and fuse it with this lost language.”
Well, it would be swell to have such extraordinary cars on the roads with burnished aluminum body, leather strapping, and exposed copper rivets.
Presentation on Helios starts at ~ 30:00.