Icon Helios Will Blend Retro Design with Tesla Mechanics

The guys at Icon have a habit of making the extreme even more so (See: Icon Thriftmaster). This time, CEO Jonathan Ward’s latest design will come in the form of an electric, retro-tastic coupe called the Helios. It’s pretty wild, but in a really great way with unique mechanical underpinnings. Ward says that it's Icon’s “concept of revisiting history in our own way.” And revisiting history they are. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Icon Helios Concept
Icon Helios Will Blend Retro Design with Tesla Mechanics
The name Helios was inspired by Aeolus, a Greek god of wind. The design on the other hand, is a mixture of post-WWI styling and a drunk Howard Hughes. No, seriously — this is what Ward said in an email: “If Howard Hughes, around the time that he created the DC-1 experimental plane (and before he went totally bonkers), had too many martinis with Gordon Buehrig and Buckminster Fuller at the Beverly Hills Hotel Cabana, what would they have dreamed up?” PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Icon Thriftmaster
Icon Helios Will Blend Retro Design with Tesla Mechanics
That beautifully specific designation may have been what inspired the design, but neither Hughes nor Buckminster would have ever imagined what was to go underneath that long streamlined design: a Tesla Model S. That's right. It's going to be an all-electric retro coupe: "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,” Ward said. "I have such great respect for the company and the creative spirit of [Tesla founder Elon] Musk, plus the Model S is a blast to drive.” PHOTOS: See More of the 2011 Icon Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG
Icon Helios Will Blend Retro Design with Tesla Mechanics
It’s a strange idea indeed, but it's so strange that it will probably work. As for price, nothing has been given, but Ward admits that the Icon team still needs to figure out a way to get it all built. Let’s hope they figure it out soon. We want to see this thing on the street. PHOTOS: See More of the 2011 Icon Bronco

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