This Hydrogen-Powered Beast is Halfway Between a Race Prototype and Real Supercar

Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina is going green in a big way at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Making its debut in Switzerland is the H2 Speed, an innovative vision of a high-performance track car that is based on revolutionary hydrogen fuel-cell technology already being tested by GreenGT, a Franco-Swiss company that has been designing, developing and producing clean, sustainable propulsion systems since 2008. The company says the H2 Speed is “halfway between a racing prototype and a production supercar,” and is the world’s first high-performance hydrogen car.

The powerful electric-hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain results in a zero-emissions vehicle that is capable of a top speed of 186 mph while releasing just water vapor into the atmosphere. Maximum power output comes in at 503 horsepower with a zero-to-62-mph time of 3.4 seconds. There’s also rapid refueling on the H2 Speed, allowing it to receive a full tank of hydrogen in only three minutes.

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There’s a pair of electric motors powering the race car along with a brake-energy regeneration system. There’s a single lightweight H2 fuel cell housed in a carbon chassis. With bodywork, it tips the scales at 3,130 pounds, while weight distribution comes in at 41 percent in the front and 59 percent in the rear.

Pininfarina H2 Concept

“The H2 Speed is the symbol of Pininfarina’s dedication to purity, elegance and innovation,” said chairman Paolo Pininfarina. “The spirit of the project is directly linked to the great aerodynamic tradition often explored by Pininfarina over the decades as well as to our most recent dream cars. The present concept is a synthesis of technology, sustainability, harmony, aerodynamic flow and, above all, speed. And it is also the best way to confirm Pininfarina’s role as the standard-bearer of the aesthetic values of Italian design in the world and to strengthen its brand, the company’s true hallmark.”

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