Mulgari BMW Icon03

Purist driving requires an absolute, authentic experience – a moment of clarity.

Date Published: 06 Jun 2019
Mulgari BMW Icon03

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Icon03 is the embodiment of a sports car, with a captivating performance, inspired balance, exhilarating exhaust note, yet uncompromised ride quality. These are a few of Icon03's assets - the culmination of months of development.

Mulgari's motorsport-inspired development process focussed on the drivetrain, chassis technologies and weight-saving measures. Our intention was to create a car full of purist driving dynamics, a homage to the great Bavarian driving machines, past and present. The result is an authentic, uncompromising driving pleasure with purist character – an Icon. Raw yet refined steering, responsive performance and analogue feel through the controls – all traits that ensure the driver is left with no doubts, building trust in the car. Mulgari's ethos aims to create a distinctly raw driving experience, to deliver the driver to a state of euphoria - a oneness with the machine.

To achieve the desired tyre widths and track extended bodywork was required, the design of the body had to pay homage to all of the great M cars of yesteryear as well as providing the required clearance. Elements of past and current BMW M offerings all feature in the design. The dimpled carbon roof in homage to the E46 M3 CSL which launched the concept to the market, while adding the modern M aero channel. Extended wings in homage to the E30 M3, squarer more aggressive with motorsport style cuts. The front wings cut outs feature mounting winglets, a structural requirement while adding a traditional 3.0 CSL feature. Front splitter to fit the full width of the bumper, adding the required downforce and flat floor function whilst making the most important visual statement. The Icon03 is our homage.

Mulgari BMW Icon03

Performance comes in the form of the three-litre BMW B58 turbocharged engine delivering over 542Nm of smooth linear performance. Outright performance of the engine hasn't been a focus we believe that under 500bhp is where a true drivers car lies, plenty of power but more importantly power that can be used. True driving requires a bond between driver and machine, power in the right place builds this trust and encourages a more eager and engaging driving experience. Performance is nothing without sound, the sound being one of the most engaging parts. Market leaders Akrapovic were the only choice, their exhaust technology means that the full exhaust system delivers, power, performance, sound and legality on the road.

Chassis and suspension have been a major focus when developing the Icon03. With the help from our technical partners, we have delivered a chassis and suspension system, that allows for compliant road holding characteristics, comfort, matched to a sharp, responsive on track ability, an important factor found in some of the driving greats. Front tyre width is now up to 255 cross section with a 275 rear providing traction for the 590Nm of torque. Late July we will be setting a lap time at the Nürburgring which will be shown in a documentary we are filming.

The interiors have been crafted to deliver support and functionality, supportive Recaro seats have been added to aid the driver making the most of the Icon03 cornering performance. Our sports flat bottom steering wheel and extended carbon shift paddles complete the driver's connection to the car. Flashes of accent colour feature on the dash trims and interior stitch.

Working with some of the best automotive suppliers in the industry has given the Icon03 the performance and reliability to perform with the best. Utilising the latest 3D Printing technologies as well as state of the art carbon fibre means the Icon03 is built to perform. Recaro, KW Automotive, Peron, Akrapovic to name a few provide industry leading components vital to the engineering performance of the car.

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