Pininfarina hit rocky waters owing to financial issues, and was bought by Indian auto manufacturer Mahindra last year. Mahindra invested $28 million and bought a majority stake in the firm with 76 percent shares.
The last concept car from Pininfarina was the Sergio shown in 2013, built to commemorate the life of the company’s former chairman who died in 2012. Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept is the first design concept under Mahindra. Pininfarina remains independent under the new agreement and continues to work with longstanding clients.
Pininfarina Concept H2 is a ‘new and exciting concept car.’ Weighing just 1420 kg, it is powered by a 100% hydrogen (which is why the name, H2) powertrain. There are 2 race electric motors with a combined power output of 503 hp, which are powered by the single H2 fuel cell of 210 kW. Built on a carbon fibre chassis, the concept claims to sprint 0-100 kmph in 3.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 300 kmph.
Dimensions of the Concept H2 stand at 4700 mm long, 1087 mm tall, 2000 mm wide and a wheelbase of 2900 mm. The fuel tank is 6.1 kg which takes 3 minutes to refuel. Front tyre size is 11×19″ while the rear gets 12×20″.