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Viritech Apricale 2022.

Viritech Apricale 2022.

Viritech Apricale 2022.

The Viritech Apricale hydrogen hypercar was shown live at Goodwood: 1,088 hp per ton weight.

One of the premieres of the ongoing Festival of Speed in Goodwood (UK) is a hypercar Viritech Apricale with design by Pininfarina, hydrogen power plant and hurricane dynamics.

Production will start in 2024, with 25 examples costing about £1.5 million each.

We told you about the British hydrogen startup Viritech and its debut model — the hypercar Apricale — in April last year, but then Apricale existed only in the form of computer renders, and in Goodwood the car was shown in the flesh, although not in motion, but in statics — standing on the grass stand.

During the year the design of the car has improved noticeably, for which we must say thanks to Pininfarina (Italy) who joined the project, although the overall proportions and dimensions remain the same.

Overall length of Apricale — 4550 mm, width — 1900 mm, height — 1150 mm, wheelbase — 2800 mm.

The declared mass is exactly 1000 kg, which is extremely low for a powerful car with an electric power unit.

Viritech Apricale 2022.

It is powered by two electric motors (one on each axle) with a combined maximum output of 800 kW (1,088 hp) and 1000 Nm.

Acceleration to 100 km/h takes less than 2.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 320 km/h.

Electric motors are powered by a hydrogen electrochemical generator (its power is not disclosed) and/or 800-volt buffer lithium-ion battery AMTE Power with a capacity of 6 kWh, for maximum acceleration a combined power supply is needed.

Estimated range on one filling is 560 km. The cylinders, which store 5.4 kg of hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bar, are made of graphene composite and are integrated into the power structure of the body.

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The basis of the Apricale body is a carbon fiber monocoque, the exterior panels are made of a composite based on plant fibers.

Suspension is torsion, pushrod type, on the double wishbones «in a circle», ground clearance is adjustable from 95 to 135 mm.

AP Racing carbon ceramic brakes, 390mm diameter discs, 6-piston calipers at the front, 4-piston at the rear.

Wheels are made of carbon fiber and magnesium. The interior is so far presented in the form of a single sketch by Pininfarina.

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Development of Apricale is conducted in MIRA Technology Park, which is located in Naniton (Warwickshire) and belongs to the Japanese company Horiba, specializing in the manufacture of measuring and test equipment.

MIRA Technopark has a huge arsenal of laboratory equipment and its own polygon (former military airfield).

By the way, the British development team of the Swedish company Polestar is based here in MIRA, which brought to Goodwood a prototype of the 884-horsepower electric sports sedan Polestar 5.

Behind the Viritech startup are Timothy Lyons, an experienced investment entrepreneur, and automotive engineer Matt Faulks, a former Formula 1 and BAC (a British manufacturer of lightweight single-seat sports cars).

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Viritech plans to produce innovative hydrogen power units for a wide range of equipment — cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, boats and even spaceships, and the Apricale hypercar is to become a kind of the company’s demonstration stand.

A year ago, by the way, it was supposed that the production of Apricale will start in 2023, but now the start date of deliveries has been shifted to 2024.

It’s good that the price hasn’t risen yet: £1.5 million without tax is very expensive, in the segment of hypercars now you can find a mass of more affordable alternatives, but mostly with gasoline, hybrid or pure electric powertrains.

Few are still betting on hydrogen, although interest in hydrogen power has grown a lot in the last couple of years, with several companies announcing the development of hydrogen internal combustion engines.

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