Pininfarina showcases silky-smooth, hydrogen-powered H2 Speed concept

Pininfarina showcases silky-smooth, hydrogen-powered H2 Speed concept

Pininfarina showcases silky-smooth, hydrogen-powered H2 Speed concept

Italian styling house Pininfarina has shown off its first all-new concept since it was purchased by Indian giant, Mahindra.

Italian auto design firm Pininfarina has presented their exclusive H2 Speed concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show.

Paolo Pininfarina, chairman, Pininfarina said, "The H2 Speed is the symbol of Pininfarina's dedication to purity, elegance and innovation". Pininfarina says it has been inspired by classic racers but with a futuristic twist - delivering a model that should be sitting smack in the middle between competition prototype and a production supercar.

But it did, and it brought a stunning new concept vehicle that seems to have come out of the blue (bar for the mandatory teasing).

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.

There's no gearbox, clutch or differential; the permanent magnet synchronous motors sends drive directly to the rear wheels.

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.

The company behind the hydrogen power unit, GreenGT, has specialised in the design, production and development of sustainable propulsion systems and high power performances since 2008. There is a torque vectoring system to govern the power distribution between the wheels though. The bodywork of H2 Speed is shaped partly by Pininfarina's stylists and by the search for downforce. At the entry of two to these channels, two radiators are located laterally to cool the fuel cell block, whilst a central front-mounted duct pushes air along the sides of the cabin and into the engine compartment for cooling.

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