10 examples of Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept will hit race tracks as production of the revolutinary hydrogen fuel-cell race car will begin early 2017
The Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show seems to be more than just a showpiece as a limited production run has been planned according to a latest report. The legendary Italian design firm was bought by Indian conglomerate Mahindra at the end of last year as 76.06 percent of Pincar’s stakes were acquired.
Steeped in history by designing cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and several others the company is on a revival phase since Mahindra’s takeover. The report from Automotive News suggests that ten examples of the futuristic and alluring H2 Speed Concept will be produced. The Pininfarina CEO Silvio Pietro Angori announced this news at the 38th annual Concours d’Elegance this month in Pebble Beach, California.
The Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept was based on a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain and the production version of the race-going machine will be built on a LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype) racing chassis homologated to FIA standards for endurance competition. The running gear will be supplied by the European powertrain producer GreenGT, for whom the concept was originally built.
Described as “a racing car for gentleman drivers”, the H2 Speed takes design inspirations from the Sigma Formula 1 concept car developed to signify future safety technology in 1969. It will be equipped with hydrogen fuel-cell technology as the dual electric motors send power to the rear wheels. The maximum power output is rated at over 503 horsepower and each of the ten working prototypes will be almost identical to the concept.
Despite having underpinnings of LMP2 race car, Pininfarina says it will make profit for every car being sold. The ground-breaking hydrogen supercar is claimed to accelerate from standstill to 100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds while being able to achieve a top speed of 300 kmph. The brand’s Chief Executive Officer said each model will be priced at $2.5 million and the production is expected to commence in early 2018 with the first working prototype coming in the beginning of next year.