Form and function merge together in the H2 Speed concept to create an external design that highlights the vehicle’s sportiness and performance in every detail. Lines and volumes outline a sculpture that is as powerful as it is intriguing. Although it is based on the traditional styling cues of sports cars (low, aggressive proportions, strong design and an emotional synergy between car and driver), the H2 Speed presents the designer with a two-fold challenge: to design a car on a carbon frame base and on the mechanical layout of a high performance car of extreme proportions (length 4730, height 1113, width 1956, wheelbase 2968) and at the same time clothe the GreenGT Full Power Hydrogen system, an innovative technology that offers, in terms of vehicle architecture, the necessary originality to generate a unique, outstanding product.
The H2 Speed was born for high performance. Under the banner of essentiality and rationality, all parts of the layout have been designed for the correct distribution of weights to be able to transfer the power and enormous torque of the Full Power Hydrogen system to the ground.
The sinuously three-dimensional shape springs naturally from an original styling process where the most important constraint – the two large hydrogen tanks at the side – becomes an opportunity. To avoid weighing down the side of the vehicle, the hydrogen cylinders are faired instead of being incorporated into the body volume but they remain visible through a window in the rear part of the fairing where the fuel cap is easy to access.
Arising from the marked sidecut, the three-dimensionality can be seen clearly in the plan lines of the vehicle. The geometric composition of the design from above is particularly intriguing: the car seems to consist of two triangular bodies that intersect to generate the front and rear mudguards. And it is the compenetration of this two volumes that defines the features of the plan, side and perspective views, playing seemingly on a symmetrical drawing. The crests of the mudguards do not follow wing volume in a traditional way but enter and exit the body, giving sensuality and originality to the handling of the surfaces.
Modelling the side panel makes it possible to hollow out a generous air passage from front to side. The result is an efficient aerodynamic flow and, at the same time, the creation of three-dimensional hollowed out volumes that leave part of the carbon frame visible as well as mechanical parts like the suspension arms.
At the front, between the two radiators, a center duct permits the flow of fresh air which, channeled along the sides of the cabin, cools the engine compartment. The muzzle presents two upside-down L-shaped wings which direct the aerodynamic flows and also act as supports for the lighting system: the apparently suspended led strips give the front an attractively original, dynamic expression.
The volume of the cabin is a transparent, tapered, aerodynamic drop shape characterised by a body-coloured band extending over the windshield. The cut-off rear volume is cleanly detached from the flows and is characterized by sloping mudguard volumes; playing with the sidecut in plan view, the mudguards confer its original shape on the tail volume, directly deriving from technical and aerodynamic needs.
At the centre of the transom a fine, horizontal lighting strip, elegant and basic, integrates lighting functions typical of high performance cars.Thanks to the partnership on the project between GreenGT and Michelin, the H2 Speed is equipped with high performance racing tyres: Pilot Sport GY 59M for dry conditions, Pilot Sport GT P2L for wet conditions.
In the rigorous interiors - with racing steering wheel and exposed carbon fiber - the only aesthetic element is the design of the dashboard, which is divided into three elements: the central one houses the instrumentation on board and is connected to two “ears” saddled on the door panels that integrate the handles. The dashboard is covered with black alcantara with red stitching that reproduces the color of the livery.
The new H2 Speed seats have been designed and created thanks to Sabelt experience in the world of motorsport and in road sports cars. Two super light monocoque seats with innovative pad cushions that make the product design exclusive, modular in different sizes and with visible carbon. The possibility of varying the density of the foams allows the driver to have the right support while driving, increasing lateral containment and G force absorption in the turns. The use of these pad cushions also allows the modification of the H point, lowering the seat center of gravity. All fabric covers are made by prime materials such as leather and alcantara, a sign that any detail is left to chance.
The seat belts will be the same provided by Sabelt to the Formula 1 teams. Two 6 points, compliant with the new 8853-2016 homologation standard. Configured with 2" webbing, super light quick release adjusters in forged and CNC-machined aluminum and a rotating buckle with patented crotch strap fixing.