Viritech Apricale is 1000bhp hydrogen hypercar | Autocar

Start-up's £1.5m halo car has been designed by Pininfarina and weighs under 1000kg

6/23/2022 12:01:00 PM

Viritech reveals hydrogen-powered Apricale with 1000bhp and sub-1000kg kerb weight

Start-up's £1.5m halo car has been designed by Pininfarina and weighs under 1000kg

However, the Apricale is intended primarily as a demonstration tool for Viritech’s hydrogen fuel cell technology, which it plans to offer to third-party companies for use in FCEV passenger cars, heavy goods vehicles, aircraft and boats. It is intended to be the “world’s first production hydrogen hypercar” and seeks to demonstrate the advantages of FCEV technology over that of conventional electric powertrains. 

Speaking exclusively to Autocar, Viritech co-founder Matt Faulks, an ex-Formula 1 engineer, outlined the reasons for Viritech’s focus on hydrogen: “You run into two issues when you go down the battery route. One is the ‘mass compounding element’ - the more energy storage you need, the heavier the car gets. 

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