The Geneva auto-show is a dreamland of supercar. So, naturally that’s where Italian (now Indian) design house Pininfarina unveiled its H2 Speed, a supercar concept powered by a hydrogen fuel cell to offer drivers quick lap times and only water vapor for emissions.
The majority of automakers that bring wild and outlandish concepts to the Geneva Motor Show have no plans to put the vehicles on the road. However, that’s not the case with Pininfarina’s H2 Speed Concept. With Mahindra at the helm, the Indian industrial titan, 10 units of the H2 Speed Concept have been approved. The hydrogen-powered racecar will be available at a cost of $2.5 million each. The "production" cars will be track-only specials for "gentleman drivers" based on a Le Mans Prototype 2 racing chassis that's homologated for the FIA competition. The manufacturer even claims to have buyers lined up for the cars already.
H2 Speed will appeal to passionate people who love speed, performance, innovation and at the same time are attracted by the exclusivity typical of a Pininfarina-designed vehicle produced in a limited series.
Halfway between a racing prototype and a production supercar, as described by the makers, the H2 Speed is the world's first hydrogen high performance car. The powertrain is supplied by GreenGT, which is described as a Franco-Swiss company that designs and builds “sustainable propulsion systems.”
With a maximum power of 503 horsepower, the engine accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Also notable is the rapid refueling, unknown to traditional electric cars, as a full tank of hydrogen can be obtained in only 3 minutes. H2 Speed also eliminates both air and noise pollution.
When will you be able to get your hands on it?
Pininfarina expects to have a working prototype in roughly 12 to 14 months according to Pininfarina CEO Silvio Pietro Angori. He even believes Pininfarina should make a profit on each H2 Speed Concept that's built. If a profitable, limited-run track car is any indication, a road-going version from the Italian design house could be a possibility down the road.