Pininfarina returns with hydrogen H2 Speed at Geneva Show

1 Mar, 2016 6:25pm Lawrence Allan

Italian styling house Pininfarina debuts striking fuel cell supercar with 186mph top speed

Pininfarina is back with a bang at this year's Geneva Motor Show with its new H2 Speed. The fuel cell model is said to be "halfway between a racing prototype and a production supercar".

The famed Italian design house teamed-up with Swiss EV powertrain maker GreenGT for the H2 Speed, producing a fuel-cell electric system. It seems like the perfect car to mark Pininfarina's return.

The outfit has suffered financial woes in recent years but was bought up by Indian carmaker Mahindra at the end of 2015. This the first concept car from Pininfarina we've seen since the 'Sergio' in 2013, which was built to commemorate the life of the famed former chairman of the company who died in 2012.

Beneath the H2 Speed's sleek Le Mans-style carbonfibre body lurks two powerful electric motors (promising around 500bhp combined) plus a super-light fuel cell stack and two large hydrogen tanks. There's no gearbox or clutch, as power is sent to the wheels via sophisticated software. 

The H2 Speed promises a 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, and weighs a slim (for a hydrogen car at least) 1420kg. It's designed to "explore the potential of racing tech", so don't expect a production car on the streets any time soon.

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