UK-based Viritech unveils Apricale, a vehicle they claim is the “world’s first production hydrogen hypercar”. Limited to just 25-units worldwide, the company states that the Apricale will be half the weight of its battery competitors, all without sacrificing any power. This is due to its innovative graphene hydrogen storage tank, which is actually seamlessly integrated into its monocoque chassis rather than a separate component.
There are no concrete details about its powerplant other than its estimated to generate around 1100hp and a top speed between 200mph – 255mph. Best of all, the only byproduct of this zero-emissions vehicle is H20, or water. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there’s no word yet on pricing, but we should see a prototype either later this year or in early 2022.
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You run into two issues when you go down the battery route. One is the ‘mass compounding element’ – the more energy storage you need, the heavier the car gets. The second is the continued use of large amounts of raw materials in building very large battery packs, which are potentially recyclable, but even today we’re struggling to get lithium back out in a way it can be used again,” said Matt Faulks, an ex-Formula 1 engineer, to Autocar.