British startup Viricale has offered its hydrogen-powered Apricale hypercar as a viable various to all-conquering electrical supercars just like the Pininfarina Battista, Rimac C_Two, and Lotus Evija.
Derived from the Latin phrase ‘apricus’ (which suggests to be ‘touched by the solar’), Apricale is one in all many reference designs from Viritech that demonstrates how its core expertise may benefit the automotive, aerospace, marine, vitality, rail freight, and different distributed energy industries.
Moreover, Viritech goals to develop into “the world’s main developer of hydrogen powertrain options,” mentioned the startup. Moreover, Viritech believes Apricale is an “efficient solution to show hydrogen’s benefits over batteries when energy and vary necessities improve or long-term vitality storage is required.”
Apricale stays an idea at this level, however Viritech is eager to debate what’s hiding beneath. As an alternative of getting a standard gas tank to retailer hydrogen, Apricale has a light-weight graphene tank that’s a part of the automobile’s monocoque body. With this association, Virtech claims Apricale will weigh half than battery-electric supercars. Colin Chapman might be happy.
Viritech can be engaged on a household SUV (affectionately known as the Tellurio) and a heavy-duty, long-haul semi-truck it calls the Jovian. Each will characteristic the identical progressive hydrogen storage resolution as Apricale. Viritech’s long-term aim is to license its expertise to mainstream suppliers and carmakers aside from making its hydrogen-powered autos.
Again to Apricale, the racing helmet-style cabin and windshield design are paying homage to a Koenigsegg. And since we’re speaking a few idea, Viritech is mum on particular particulars like energy output, high pace, and vary.
The Viritech Apricale reminds us of Hyperion’s XP-1, a hydrogen gas cell hypercar with 4 electrical motors, 2,000 horsepower, and a 221 mph high pace. The Hyperion XP-1 can be appropriate for 1,000 miles of vary. We’re anticipating Apricale to have related efficiency and vary numbers because the Hyperion XP-1, given its aggressive styling with gullwing doorways.
Viritech will proceed growing Apricale over the following 18 months earlier than introducing a restricted manufacturing run of 25 autos by early 2023. Pricing stays unannounced, nevertheless it’s silly to not anticipate a automobile like this to price upwards of $1-million.
Viritech could also be on to one thing right here. Given how battery-electric autos have vary and charging points, hydrogen could be the key to realizing our desires of real pollution-free motoring. It appears the progenitors of hydrogen propulsion are catching up with the battery revolution, which may solely imply good issues for us and our planet in the long term.