British start-up Viritech has previewed images of what it claims will be the world’s first hydrogen-powered hypercar, known as the Apricale.
Developed at the MIRA Technology Park in Warwickshire, little is currently known about the vehicle's powertrain. However, the design team claims the finished product will send approximately 820kW to the road – significantly more than almost any contemporary internal combustion production car not built by Bugatti.
Hydrogen will reportedly be stored under pressure in a “graphene composite pressure vessel” doubling as a structural chassis component, thus reducing weight and overall complexity.
Meanwhile, renders suggest the rear-view mirrors will be replaced by tubular cameras in a bid to minimise aerodynamic drag.
According to Viritech, the Apricale will go into limited production in the beginning of 2023. Just 25 examples are slated for private delivery, each priced at approximately £1.5 million (AU$2.7 million).
The development team claims the hydrogen powertrain technology will ultimately be rolled out to "road vehicles, aircraft, boats, and off-grid energy storage." However, it is yet to demonstrate a practical application of these technologies.
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