Unfortunately the New York Auto Show was cancelled due to the coronavirus, so Hyperion has revealed their stunning supercar on the web. The Hyperion XP1 is a hydrogen-electric supercar that is capable of doing 350 km/h, of which 300 units will be built and sold starting in 2022.
The design has hints of the Bugatti Chiron, but the company has explained that this is a very different beast altogether. The titanium-reinforced body is built around a “Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell Power Module.”
Hyperion has pushed the envelope when it comes to the battery technology, opting not to use the traditional lithium-ion battery packs that current electric vehicles are using. They have developed “space age” tech to deliver a car that uses a new fuel cell to store energy, connected to electric motors that drive all four wheels.
Interestingly, the “air blades” on the flanks of the car that swoop upward towards the roof is not only there to provide aerodynamic effects for downforce and cooling, they also include solar panels and apparently change their position to track the sun.
According to Hyperion CEO Angelo Kafantaris: “This is only the beginning of what can be achieved with hydrogen as an energy storage medium. The potential of this fuel is limitless and will revolutionize the energy sector.”
Keeping the vehicle lightweight is a major focus of the design and allows for a curb weight below 1,248 kg. The XP-1 uses a carbon-titanium monocoque chassis with titanium-reinforced composting bodywork. The vehicle stores its hydrogen in carbon fibre tanks.
The car is supposed to deliver eye-watering performance. Not only will it reach 350 km/h, the Hyperion XP-1 is supposed to deliver performance of 0-100 km/h in under 2.2 seconds.