Pininfarina’s H2 Speed Concept Car Is a Hydrogen-Fueled Hercules
Proving that sustainability and style are not mutually exclusive, Pininfarina’s H2 Speed concept car is a 503 hp, hydrogen-fueled track star that is definitely dashing. The iconic automotive design team tapped the eco-minded engineers at GreenGT to develop the zero-emissions marvel, which debuted on March 1 at the Geneva International Motor Show.
A hybrid between experimental racer and production powerhouse, the clean carbon-fiber machine mates an electric-and-hydrogen fuel-cell-propelled drivetrain with a patented torque-vectoring gearbox. The pollution-free pairing allows for a controlled launch from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of just over 184 mph. And only vestigial water vapor replaces the harmful exhaust released by combustion-engined counterparts. But unlike the hours often required to recharge all-electric examples, a full refuel with hydrogen can be done in 3 minutes.
Taking visual cues from the Pininfarina-designed 1969 Ferrari Sigma Grand Prix concept (fit with state-of-the-art safety systems for the time), the H2 Speed is fittingly flanked by its innovative predecessor at the show and will remain on display until the exhibition’s culmination on March 13. (pininfarina.com)