Italian design house Pininfarina used March’s 2016 Geneva auto show to unveil the H2 Speed supercar concept.
It featured a hydrogen fuel cell power source and was described as a look into the future of motorsport.
It turns out the concept wasn’t a pure flight of fancy as Pininfarina plans to build a small run and already has buyers lined up.
The Italian firm’s new parent Mahindra in July hinted that a Pininfarina-badged supercar with an electric powertrain may be on the way.
GreenGT H2 hydrogen fuel cell race car prototypeEnlarge Photo
And at this month’s 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pininfarina CEO Silvio Pietro Angori confirmed to Automotive News (subscription required) that the car in question is a production version of the H2 Speed. He said 10 examples will be built, each costing $2.5 million.
It will be a track-only model built on the chassis of a LMP2-spec race car and feature a powertrain developed by GreenGT. The fuel cell in the H2 Speed powered a pair of electric motors delivering a combined 503 horsepower. The estimated 0-62 mph time was 3.4 seconds and the top speed was 186 mph.
GreenGT is a French firm developing a hydrogen fuel cell race car and in recent years has shown off a number of prototypes (above). As electricity eventually replaces gasoline in motorsport, GreenGT sees hydrogen fuel cells being advantageous over batteries as they allow quick refueling times compared to the lengthy waits for charging.
Angori says the first working prototype should be ready by early 2017. Hopefully by then Pininfarina will have also refined the design so that it no longer resembles a bar of soap.