Italian design house Pininfarina walked away from the Geneva Show this past spring with the Best Concept award for its hydrogen fuel cell H2 Speed concept car.
Usually concept cars are paraded around at various auto shows and then fade away, but Automotive News is reporting that the H2 Speed is officially slated for production.
Speaking to the publication at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last month, Pininfarina CEO Silvio Pietro Angori said the company is planning to build 10 copies of the “track only” hydrogen fuel cell race car.
A working prototype is scheduled for next year, with production cars hitting race tracks in 12 to 14 months after that.
With a big spoiler anchored to the rear vertical fin, the beautifully sleek H2 Speed won’t be confused with Toyota’s Mirai fuel cell road car.
Carbon chassis production cars will be based on a Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP 2) platform, providing a foundation that is already approved for competition.
The fuel cell stack will power two electric motors that will send around 500 horsepower to the rear wheels via a single speed direct transmission.
The H2 Speed can reach 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, the same time as the base model Porsche 911 Carrera, and has a top speed of 186 mph.
Refueling time takes just three minutes, but driving range is unknown.
The powertrain will be developed by GreenGT, a Franco-Swiss company that has worked to introduce fuel cells to racing.
Angori told Automotive News that Pininfarina has buyers lined up for the H2 Speed, which he described as “a racing car for gentleman drivers.”
With an estimated cost of $2.5 million each, there surely must be two or three H2 Speeds still available for gentleman drivers.