California-based Hyperion has unveiled the XP-1 hydrogen supercar prototype that looks like a futuristic Bugatti on the outside. The developers report that their project is the result of more than a decade of work, during which about 200 scientists worked on the machine.
The body of the Hyperion XP-1 coupe is made of carbon fiber reinforced with titanium and is notable for the presence of unusual side air intakes, the shape of which the company allegedly spied on in NASA. The two-door also features upward-opening V-shaped doors and glass with electric darkening.
Plus, the supercar has full LED optics, a Kevlar-reinforced rear diffuser and movable “wings” that surround the body. The latter improve the car’s handling when cornering and are additionally covered with solar panels that can change position, following the trajectory of the sun.
Of the other elements of active aerodynamics, it is additionally worth noting the side mirrors that change the “overhang”. Note that the front and rear of the car is set on 20- and 21-inch wheels “shod” in Pirelli P Zero tires. For braking, massive carbon-ceramic discs are responsible here: 457 mm at the front, and 432 mm at the rear.
There are no photos of the interior of the two-door yet, but it is known that a 98-inch curved display is installed inside the entire width of the front panel, and most of the car’s functions can be controlled using a gesture recognition system. The cabin features hand-crafted leather-covered carbon fiber seats, while accents of carbon and titanium are used as décor.
Experts are reluctant to share details about the technical stuffing of the hydrogen Hyperion XP-1. At the moment, it is known that the car is equipped with several permanent magnet electric motors, three-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. An ionistor acts as a current source, and the units receive power for their operation from a fuel cell module with a polymer electrolytic membrane.
It is reported that the Hyperion XP-1 is capable of shooting from 0-60 mph (96 km / h) in less than 2.2 seconds, reaching speeds of up to 356 km / h. The range of the hydrogen two-door can reach 1,635 km, while the hydrogen cylinders can be filled in just 5 minutes.
This impressive performance is largely due to the coupé’s low weight (just 1,032 kg) and the use of ultra-large fuel cells. The car has independent suspension on double wishbones made of ultra-light aluminum alloy, plus it boasts a hydraulic ride height adjustment.
The Americans are planning to launch the Hyperion XP-1 in series in 2022. The assembly of the cars will be established directly in the USA, and the circulation of the hydrogen coupe will be only 300 copies. While the company is not ready to announce even the approximate cost of the model, although, according to the developers, it will be “comparable to the price tag for supercars of the same performance level.”