Remember the hydrogen-powered Hyperion XP-1 that made headlines in August 2020 with its impressive specs? Well, the California-based startup’s first model, which made its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, still looks like a vehicle built by an alien civilization.
The Hyperion XP-1 is still in prototype form, and its styling hasn’t changed in any way from the renders we saw more than two years ago. Admittedly, it looks even weirder, with unconventional proportions, intricate air intakes and parts that protrude from the body, including Bugatti-style adjustable blades that are covered in solar panels.
The Hyperion XP-1 promises a range of 1,016 miles (1,635 kilometers) on a full carbon fiber hydrogen tank, which takes less than five minutes. The powertrain includes a hydrogen fuel cell, a supercapacitor instead of a battery, a three-speed transmission, and four axial flux electric motors to power all four wheels. Combined power output of more than 2,000 horsepower enables 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration in 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 221 mph (356 km/h).
According to Hyperion, the XP-1 weighs 2,275 pounds (1,032 kilograms), significantly less than most electric supercars, thanks to a carbon-titanium monocoque, aluminum alloy suspension, titanium-reinforced composite bodywork, and the absence of large Battery.
As announced in 2020, Hyperion hopes to produce 300 XP-1s in the US, with pricing to be announced at a later date. The original goal was to start production in 2022, but we’re guessing that has been delayed. A camouflaged prototype of the hypercar was tested in Las Vegas last year. Hyperion is already accepting pre-orders via a special form on its official website. In addition to Hyperion XP-1, the company that supplies hydrogen propulsion systems to other companies announced the “XF-7 Hyper:Fuel” power station, which uses NASA technology to refuel FCEVs and BEVs. The plants will also be able to provide “utility grid support for emergency and backup power applications”.