Pininfarina will be behind the development of Viritech Apricale, the hydrogen hypercar

Pininfarina will be behind the development of Viritech Apricale, the hydrogen hypercar

Pininfarina will be behind the development of Viritech Apricale

The British start-up Viritech has been working for some time on the development of a hydrogen-powered hypercar; this is a decidedly ambitious project that could lead to truly significant results for the four-wheeler sector.

The Apricale project was announced at the beginning of 2021, and only last summer the company confirmed that it development will take place at MIRA Technology Park, near Birmingham. Viritech's intention is to exploit Apricale as a starting point for a business model that aims to expand into other markets, such as that of work trucks, but also in the marine and aerospace sectors. The intention of the British company is to develop hydrogen technology, so that it is compatible and easily inserted by other manufacturers, obviously under license.

Viritech has recently announced the collaboration with Pininfarina that it will supply to the brand all its know-how in terms of technology and environmental sustainability. A small high-density battery, powered by a patented fuel cell system called Tri-Volt, is waiting under the hood. The car, which will have a low weight of 1,000 kg, will be able to switch from the use of fuel cells (hydrogen) to the use of the battery in less than 100 milliseconds. The powertrain will provide a thrust of around 1,100 horsepower, a power that can be scaled for applications in different sectors such as aeronautics or wheeled transport. The performance of the ultralight hypercar is unknown, even if it is not difficult to imagine that with a ratio of 1.1 between power and weight it can have record numbers in almost all contexts.

When it arrives on the market, Apricale will have to compete with Hyperion XP-1, another hydrogen hypercar born recently and able to offer a completely similar technology and top-of-the-line performance.| ); }

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