Pininfarina has unveiled the H2 Speed concept car at the Geneva motor show. The hydrogen-powered design study is described as being “halfway between a racing prototype and a production supercar”.
According to Pininfarina, the powertrain has already been subjected to track testing by GreenGT, a Franco-Swiss company which has been designing, developing and producing zero-waste propulsion systems since 2008.
Pininfarina claims the engine delivers a maximum of 500 bhp, helping the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and on to reach a top speed of 186 mph.
Measuring 4,700 mm long, 1,087 mm tall, and 2,000 mm wide, the concept car’s exterior form has been styled with a strong focus on aerodynamics, with the carbon-fibre body flowing and wrapping around the most important constraint – the two large hydrogen tanks at the side.
To avoid weighing down the side of the vehicle, the hydrogen cylinders are faired instead of being incorporated into the body volume but they remain visible through a window in the rear part of the fairing where the fuel cap is easy to access.
The racing car look is said to have been inspired by the Ferrari Sigma, also known as the Ferrari Sigma Grand Prix – a Formula One show car built in 1969 by Pininfarina.