Garage Italia’s present is called Icon-e: the new project that revives the spirit of a four-wheeled icon making it contemporary, usable and fun, projecting it into the future through electrical redevelopment.The project reflects our new attitude towards the car and celebrates the car culture by giving a second life to the great cars of the past.We live in the present conscious of global trends, respectful of tradition but determined to reconcile the wishes of the new generations with modern needs.
With Icon-e, the restomod phenomenon becomes ecological through re-use and upcycling, central themes of the project.Via the roof and door compartment, the torsional rigidity of the car is maintained by the inclusion of a safety cell. The external protections, as well as the front and rear bumpers, are formed by hand.A substantial change from the original model is the windscreen, which maintains the reinforcement structure around the entire perimeter to ensure greater safety. The instrument panel becomes completely digital with the 5-inch screen and the customised graphic interface.The seats are made entirely by hand by weaving a natural cord with outdoor features, identified by material research conducted by the Baolab studio.The car maintains the original front and rear lights with the introduction of LED lamps for the front lights, ensuring better lighting. The fitted tyres are selected from the Vintage line by Michelin, Garage Italia’s partner in the Icon-e project.
The thermal engine is replaced with an electric motor developed in collaboration with Newtron Group, flanged directly on the original gearbox. The car is recharged through a type 2 socket installed under the front mask bearing the car’s trademark. Depending on the charging mode (domestic socket or electric column) the batteries can be fully recharged between 4 and 8 hours.