Space technology and hydrogen fuel: Hyperion XP-1 supercar prototype presentedSeptember 14, 2020
One of the working divisions of Hyperion Inc – South California Hyperion Motors presented a ten-year development called the XP-1. A prototype hydrogen-fueled supercar is slated to go on sale in 2022, with production in the United States.
According to Hyperion Motors, NASA’s space technology was used in the production of the prototype. This statement most likely refers to the use of new materials and advanced systems for generating electricity, and, of course, hydrogen.
The metal-composite monocoque body is made using titanium and carbon fiber. The diffuser was reinforced with Kevlar. Such technologies will reduce the weight of the prototype, which is 1032 kg.
The body is surrounded by wings with built-in solar panels, which are all the time directed at the sun, as if watching it (they can change position). The side mirrors are also capable of changing the “offset”.
Hyperion XP-1 interior
Inside the cabin, the Hyperion XP-1 is certainly no less impressive than all the newfangled words that are used to refer to external components. Natural leather, titanium and carbon fiber were used for interior decoration. Along the length of the central tunnel is a 98-inch curved display. The multimedia system is capable of recognizing touch and gesture. The gearbox selector and pedals were made of titanium. And the roof is made of auto-dimming glass.
The XP-1 received an independent transverse double-wishbone suspension with hydraulic clearance made of aluminum alloy. Brake discs measuring 457 mm and 432 mm at the front and rear, respectively, are made of carbon ceramic. As an option, the wheels are made of composite materials with Pirelli P Zero rubber.
Hyperion XP-1 motor
Finally, the main development is the installation in the form of permanent magnet electric motors. An ionistor acts as a current generator. The equipment also includes a three-stage transmission and a fuel cell unit with FEM. The hydrogen fuel is in carbon fiber cylinders. All this allows the supercar to reach 97 km / h in 2.2 seconds, while the maximum speed is over 355 km / h. The power reserve is 1 635 km.
In total Hyperion Motors plans to produce 300 XP-1 cars. The cost has not yet been announced, but it was reported that customers will be offered a program to personalize supercars.
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