Italian styling gurus Pininfarina and Swiss-based sustainable-energy vehicle constructor GreenGT have revealed the H2 Speed concept car, which is being envisioned as a hydrogen-powered, 300kph track-ready machine.
H2 is the chemical formula of hydrogen gas, which once used by the powertrain emits only water vapour. It will power the vehicle that has been designed exclusively for track use.
Pininfarina took inspiration from previous racing cars, but added a futuristic twist by designing a vehicle it describes as being halfway between a competition prototype and a production supercar.
GreenGT has developed a powertrain that uses two race-spec electric motors working together with a lightweight fuel cell and a brake-energy recuperation system. It claims the compressor technology used in the H2 Speed concept gives it a unique soundtrack compared to other electric vehicles.
The 500bhp, 1420kg machine boasts a 0-to-100kph time of 3.4 seconds, and a full tank of hydrogen can be fuelled in three minutes.
Potent sustainable powertrain
According to GreenGT, the company has managed to develop the most powerful electric-hydrogen fuel cell powertrain group in the world.
The company has been developing alternative propulsion systems since 2008 – although its attempt to race a prototype hydrogen-powered car at Le Mans in 2013 fell through.
The Pininfarina H2 Speed concept is being displayed starting today at the 86th Geneva Motor Show.