At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Italian design house Pininfarina, which is owned by Indian carmaker Mahindra, unveiled the hydrogen-powered H2 Speed concept.
Now, the environment-friendly concept car has received the green light for a limited production run. Pininfarina plans to build only 10 examples of the track-only production H2 Speed, priced at $2.5 million each. Production models are expected to hit the road in another 12 to 14 months.
According to Automotive News, the production track day machine will be based on a LMP2 racing chassis homologated for FIA competition and will feature the same 496bhp hydrogen fuel cell powertrain developed by GreenGT for the concept. The fuel cell powertrain will send all the power to the rear wheels of the H2 Speed.
The Pininfarina H2 Speed can sprint from 0–100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and will be able to hit a top speed of 300km/h. One of the reasons for the quick sprint time was the 1,420 kilogram weight of the concept car. The production variant of the car is expected to weigh around the same.
The H2 Speed is largely inspired by Pininfarina's Sigma Formula One concept car from 1969. That concept was developed to showcase next-gen safety technology at the time. The current H2 Speed focuses more on powertrain technology.