Apricale, an exquisitely designed and incredibly powerful electric hypercar, has been unveiled by Viritech, a promising startup from the United Kingdom.
The production of Apricale takes place in Goodwood, where it is crafted with remarkable specifications. It boasts an impressive 1,000 horsepower and an outstanding ratio of 1 horsepower per kilogram.
Apricale is considered one of the lightest cars, weighing less than 1,000kg, yet it boasts a capacity of 1,000 horsepower. This achievement is made possible by the incorporation of ultra-lightweight “Graph-Pro” hydrogen tanks that are seamlessly integrated into the carbon fiber chassis. These innovative tanks, compared to traditional hydrogen tanks, contribute to a remarkable reduction in weight, up to 20 times lighter.
The Apricale has a storage capacity of only 5.4kg of hydrogen, compressed at a pressure of 700 bar. This hydrogen is used to generate electricity through a fuel cell. The generated power can either be transmitted to two electric motors, each with a capacity of 400kW, located on the front and rear axles or can be utilized to recharge the high-performance 6kWh battery pack. The recharging process is facilitated by the “Tri-Volt” intelligent energy management system.
According to Viritech, their zero-emission supercar can reach speeds exceeding 322 km/h and has a range of approximately 560 km on a full hydrogen tank, which is quite remarkable. As a precautionary measure for safety, the car’s speed will be restricted when the battery is nearing depletion.
Not only is this supercar powered by hydrogen, but it also boasts a stunning design courtesy of Pininfarina, an esteemed Italian car design company. The car features butterfly doors, side cameras in place of the conventional rearview mirrors, and striking LED light strips that dominate the rear of the vehicle.
Viritech plans to manufacture a limited quantity of 25 Apricales globally, with shipments expected to commence in 2024.
Viritech stated that their intention behind creating the hypercar was not to simply cater to wealthy individuals as a supercar manufacturer, but rather to showcase the capabilities of their proprietary technology. Their ultimate goal is to establish themselves as a provider of hydrogen technology to various sectors such as the automotive industry, heavy transportation, and even aviation. By doing so, they aspire to make significant contributions to humanity in these fields.
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