California is increasingly confirmed as a land of ecological vehicles, not only for their diffusion but also for the research and development of new products. The Tesla boom is emblematic, but there is no lack of new realities with great ambitions: among these is the Hyperion Motors of the city of Orange, which has just unveiled the characteristics of its XP1, a hydrogen-powered dream car whose production is expected to start from 2022.
For now, few features have been disclosed, but autonomy is one of them: according to the company (whose name Hyperion seems to be a tribute to the famous science fiction novel by Dan Simmons, which in turn takes the title of a poem by John Keats), the hypercar would be able to travel over a thousand miles (1,609 km) on a single tank of hydrogen. Not only that: the declared performances are also impressive, with acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (about 96.56 km / h) in less than 2.2 seconds, while the maximum speed should exceed 220 miles per hour (354 km / h). This, of course, on paper.
For the rest, this fuel cell has a true hypercar design: the body is made of carbon fibre and includes aerodynamic elements that also act as solar panels. There are two showy tailpipes, which nevertheless emit deionized water vapour and large glazed surfaces. The lines would drive any child crazy and this is not a casual observation: the company’s CEO, Angelo Kafantaris, was Mattel’s innovation group manager, with the task of giving life to the new Hot Wheels.