Viritech Apricale: struggle in hydrogen niche

Viritech, a British company that focuses on alternative powertrains, is preparing the Apricale: a hypercar with a fuel cell. It mainly wants to showcase its possibilities with this technology.

Hypercars with an insane amount of power, almost every week we hear from a start-up that has one in development. It becomes rarer when it comes to an electrically powered one. Even rarer when it draws its power from a fuel cell. The Hyperion XP-1 is the most concrete example of such a car. However, there is one more coming: the Viritech Apricale.

At the beginning of this year, Viritech already showed a glimpse of the Apricale, but now a little more is known. At least, more to see. Specifications are keeping the relatively unknown British company under wraps. In any case, we see a sleek hypercar that is somewhat reminiscent of Koenigsegg’s creations. Undoubtedly with a good dose of electro horsepower on board, because if he wants to get close to the Hyperion XP-1, he must be able to accelerate to 100 km / h in about 2 seconds and a top speed of well over 300 km / h fetch. More importantly, according to its creators, that American hypercar can cover 1,600 km with a full-fueled hydrogen tank.

Initially that will not be very important for the Apricale itself, but it is for its makers. Viritech mainly wants to show what knowledge and technology it has in-house with the final version. The founders explain that it wants to offer this technology under license to other parties. The chance that we will ever see the Apricale rush past is therefore quite small, although Viritech hopes eventually to set up a – undoubtedly small-scale – production for it. Anyway, it is interesting to keep an eye on technology.

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