The Geneva Motor Show has always been known as the event where many automakers display their concept cars. This 2016 is no different as Pininfarina has officially unveiled the H2 Speed Concept. This concept car is the company’s pioneering vision of having a high performance track car that utilizes hydrogen fuel cell technology. This technology has undergone severe track testing conducted by Franco-Swiss company GreenGT. GreenGT has been in the business of designing, developing, and manufacturing clean and sustainable systems as far back as 2008.
The H2 Speed thus is not only a vehicle that displays technology, style, and performance, but it is environment-friendly as well. People who love innovation, performance, and speed plus the exclusivity that a Pininfarina-designed vehicle offers will surely be attracted to the H2 Speed. A mix between a production supercar and a racing prototype, the H2 Speed can be considered as the first high performance car that runs on hydrogen.
This is due to GreenGT’s 'Full Hydrogen Power' technology which resulted in an electric-hydrogen fuel cell drive chain. The H2 Speed can go as fast as 300 km/h and has zero CO2 emissions considering that the only thing it does release is water vapor.
The engine can deliver up to 503 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in merely 3.4 seconds. Compared to electric cars, the hydrogen tank can be completely refilled in 3 minutes. In addition to having zero emissions, it also does not contribute to noise pollution as the motor emits little to no sound. Pininfarina has long been committed to excelling in design as well as applying research on sustainable mobility.
These are the principles that the company follows when it comes to its engineering services and even when developing special cars as well as exclusive limited series models. All of these are embodied in the H2 Speed. According to Chairman Paolo Pininfarina, the H2 Speed is the best example of the company’s commitment to innovation, elegance, and purity. Over the decades, the company has had an impressive aerodynamic tradition that is also in its new dream cars and this is where the spirit of this project lies, he continues.
The H2 Speed combines aerodynamic flow, speed, harmony, technology, and sustainability. This latest concept solidifies the company’s role as the leader in aesthetic values of Italian design, Chairman Pininfarina adds.
In a nutshell, the company has always been about Italian engineering and style to manufacture innovative vehicles, whether special editions or high volume ones. MD Silvio Pietro Angori adds that the H2 Speed is a continuation of the company’s strategy when it comes to designing and developing special cars.
These are vehicles that the company manufactures in a limited edition aimed at car lovers and collectors. The H2 Speed symbolizes the company’s passion for racing as well as environment-friendly performance, he continues. It is the application of sustainable technology and Italian style aimed at gentlemen drivers and enthusiasts. In reality, the H2 Speed is only a part of the company’s main research areas that include aerodynamics, technology, and racing car performance.
This has already been demonstrated in the past with the Lancia Aprilia Aerodinamica in 1937 and the Fiat Abarth Monoposto Pininfarina Record of 1960. The same applies to the Dino 206 Competizione of 1967 as well as the Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo Gruppo 5 of 1978.
The best example however would have to be the Sigma Grand Prix of 1969 which is also on the 2016 Geneva Auto Show being displayed with the H2 Speed. The Sigma was a reinterpretation of the Formula 1 concept particularly when it included an important safety feature aimed at greatly lowering the risk prevalent in motor sport.
Through an international team composed of experts, the first version had safety tanks and even an on-board firefighting system. While these are already standard today, at the period it was added, it was clearly ahead of its time.