Rare, strong and fast: the new XP-1 super sports car boasts enormous power. And it’s made of hydrogen.
The US start-up Hyperion Motors presented a super sports car that does without a thick combustion engine. Instead, the driving energy is obtained from a fuel cell and transmitted to four electric motors. The XP-1 model has a lot of power: the electric motors together deliver 1,520 kilowatts, the equivalent of about 2,066 hp.
Thanks to lightweight materials such as a carbon fiber blend for the frame including titanium struts, the super sports car weighs just over 1,000 kilograms. This leads to enormous driving performance: according to the manufacturer, the XP-1 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds and only stops at 355 km/h. However, fuel cell power alone is not sufficient for this enormous energy requirement; For this purpose, Hyperion Motors has installed an intermediate storage system consisting of supercapacitors, which can also use lateral solar panels to recharge with solar energy.
According to the manufacturer, with hydrogen stored in carbon-fibre reinforced tanks, the XP-1 has a range of around 1,600 kilometers, if the accelerator pedal is not pressed all the time. According to previous statements from Hyperion, the car will only be built 300 times. How expensive it will be is still unknown.