At the Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina premiered their new concept car; the futuristic, pure and environmentally responsible H2 Speed, powered by, in accordance with its name, hydrogen fuel cells.

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Pininfarina developed the 'born to race' high performance track concept car together with GreenGT, a Franco-Swiss company known for designing, developing and producing clean, sustainable propulsion systems since 2008.

Making the car tick to its furiously fast beat are two stacks of 210 kW PEMFC fuel cells, providing juice for two electric synchronous motors with permanent magnet that are capable of producing a combined system output of 370 kW. That's enough power to get the 1.5 ton heavy vehicle accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, reaching maximum speed at 300 km/h. Braking energy can be recovered and stored in a 20 Ah battery, to be used for accelerating later.

The car is also a designer study with its carbon chassis cut out at Pininfarina and complemented with two big front radiators located laterally to cool the entire fuel cell block and two upside-down L-shaped wings which direct the aerodynamic flows. The two large hydrogen tanks at the side store 6.1 kg of hydrogen, using the 700 bars storage technology. It only takes 3 minutes, to fully refuel a tank.

A real attention grabber is also the intriguing colour scheme, making the Pininfarina H2 Speed reminiscent of a 1969 classic Sigma Grand Prix track concept.

March 3, 2016 Driving photo: Pininfarina

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