Electric motors make it go fast, a microturbine keeps it going longer

There are more than a few interesting concepts showing up at the Geneva International Motor Show this year, some of which are closer to production than others. This sleek-looking four-door from the Italian styling house Pininfarina definitely falls on the “daydreaming” side of the spectrum, but although you’re not likely to see it in dealers, well, ever, it does bring a few very interesting ideas to the table. Not only does it look good and come stuffed with luxury, but what it’s got under the hood gives us a glimpse at a possible future innovation for hybrid power.

Created as a collaborative project with Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group (HK), the H600 is framed as a high-performance luxury sedan for well-to-do business types.

Outside, we find styling that’s in line with what you’d expect from Pininfarina. The lines are muted and subtle, curving into solid forms that are smoothed out from front to back. Polished aluminum was used for detailing, while the paint is finished in grey.

Step into the cabin through the rear-hinged doors, and you’ll find a futuristic layout with leather upholstery in a cocoa brown finish, copper contrast stitching, and veneered wood trim. A clock in the central panel adds class, while copious ambient lighting and large panel screens take it too modern times.

It looks like a standard concept, but the big headline is the hybrid powertrain, which provides enough juice to hit 62 mph in less than three seconds, and enough range to go 1,000 km (621 miles).

So it’s fast, luxurious, and efficient. Intrigued? Read on for more info, plus our take on what this concept really means for the industry.

Continue reading for the full story.

Why It Matters

Pininfarina H600 Mates Luxury And Style With High-Tech Hybrid Power
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Odds are you’ve heard of Pininfarina. Founded in Torino in 1930, the design firm has been the pen behind countless gorgeous vehicles over the years, with some of the most notable examples coming from collaborations with automakers like Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Ferrari.

On the other hand, Hybrid Kinetic Group is probably less well known. However, its hybrid powerplant is the real star of this concept, combining a high-capacity battery, several electric motors, an electrical controller, and a range-extending turbine generator. There’s also something called an energy recycling system that’s included, and although no specific details were provided, it is most likely one of those kinetic energy recovery set-ups so common these days amongst the max milers and performance hybrids.

But don’t be fooled – this isn’t some left-lane living commuter. The H600 is intended to be an impressive machine in the realm of speed, as well.

But don’t be fooled – this isn’t some left-lane living commuter. The H600 is intended to be an impressive machine in the realm of speed, as well. Put your foot down, and 62 mph happens in 2.9 seconds, while peak output is rated at 600 kW, or roughly 805 horsepower. Keep your foot pinned, and the H600 will max out at 250 km/h (155 mph).

This thing should also handle. The electric motivation provides all-wheel torque vectoring for sprightlier cornering, while the all-aluminum body keeps weight low. The weight that is there is distributed in a very even ratio, with 52 percent of the mass in front, and 48 percent of the mass in the rear.

Pair all that goodness with superb comfort, standout styling, and a total range that eclipses 600 miles, and the H600 is making quite the statement.

Hybrid power, long range, and lots of efficiency under the hood are no longer the characteristics of the money savers.

And sure, it might be all concept gloss, but this thing is still a clear indication that hybrid power, long range, and lots of efficiency under the hood are no longer the characteristics of the money savers. These are now the traits of the premium offering.

As I’ve outlined in my article on the new Lexus LS 500h, the hybrids are indeed taking over. Smart and efficient is becoming cool, fast, and desirable amongst the world’s wealthier individuals, and the H600 is further proof of that.

Pininfarina H600 Specs
Exterior Dimensions
Length 204 Inches
Width 79 Inches
Height 59 Inches
Empty Weight 4,123 pounds
Performance
Top speed 155 mph
0-to-62 mph 2.9 seconds
Output 805 horsepower
Total range 621 miles

Press Release

The H600, the unprecedented eco-sustainable new energy concept car born of a joint effort between Hybrid Kinetic Group and Pininfarina, makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2017.

The luxury sports sedan is one of the innovative archetypes created by Pininfarina, where the design house’s most authentic design themes find their fullest expression. These themes can also be appreciated in the H600: harmonious proportions, taut lines, flowing surfaces and a clear-cut stripe that runs along the entire length of the sides and exalts the dynamic stance of the vehicle. Undivided attention to detail.

Perfect synergy in concept design brings out the best in Pininfarina and HK. Pininfarina met HK’s expectations in terms of brand identity and trends in sensory experience, while HK developed its own eco-sustainable powertrain system requiring no external charging facilities to achieve energy economy without forcing customers to change their driving habits or worry about finding the next charging station. The H600 is the perfect solution to today’s’ sustainable mobility imperatives, displaying a formal balance between elegance and up-to-the-minute aesthetics embodying the concepts of luxury and exclusivity.

Two were the keywords that inspired the design process: luxury and internationality. The H600 targets the businessman who appreciates refined details, precious materials and exclusive treatments, who takes pleasure in perfection and elegance. The international and cosmopolitan approach expresses values approved of in Hong Kong as they are in Shanghai, New York or Milan.

The formal language that defines the H600 is pure, fluid, sensual and gentle, in short, definitely Pininfarina. Characterizing elements include soft, evolutive surfaces and a few dynamic, expressive lines that underscore the assertive, valiant personality of the car. The marks on the warm grey metallic body emphasize the variegated reflections of the light and call attention to a number of details, like jeweled insets, such as the polished aluminum inserts arranged in a line that starts at the bonnet, runs along the waistline and embraces the rear section, reflecting the degree of finish typically associated with premium segment cars. The rear lights compose a luminous stripe radiating progressively from the logo towards the exterior.

The glazed surface of the roof has been designed with a view to ensuring the ideal balance between the need to protect the occupants and the possibility of letting in the light and seeing outside. At night, the window becomes a luminous porthole supplying artificial light to the cockpit. This is yet another key element that will characterize all the vehicles in the range.

The interior of the H600 follows the layout of a lounge, an open space that ensures maximum comfort for the rear seat passengers thanks to a higher degree of spaciousness and habitability than is normally found in this segment. The surfaces are covered with noble materials such as natural leather having haute couture formal quality and finishes, with copper colored seams contrasting with the cocoa brown upholstery. Extensive use of veneered wood on the seat shells and the floor, with an artful use of the wood grain, harks back to the tradition of cabinet-making. For an even more exclusive interior, a clock is set in the center control panel, right under the central lid. This is another element to be present throughout the range. Ambient lights take the form of white luminous bands that fill the interior with a suffused light, creating a natural and pleasing atmosphere and a sensation of psychological well-being.

The design maximizes the simplicity of the controls. The Human Machine Interface elements inside the car work at different levels, with a big screen that cuts across the facia and calls to mind a suspended cabinet. Thus, the various zones are well identified: the driver side with controls and gauges, and, on the passenger side, a comfortable zone for the passenger with the infotainment system. In the center, a large touch pad makes it possible to control all vehicle functions. Two screens on the back of the front seats ensure entertainment for the rear seat passengers.

The next-gen HK powertrain technology, comprising battery, electric motors, electrical controller and range extender, is the other key feature making H600 stand out among its competitors. Range limitation is no longer a problem thanks to the golden combination of the HK micro turbine generator range extender and HK super battery, empowering the H600 with ultra-mileage and a long driving range.

The HK micro turbine generator range extender can provide electric power for the motor and the battery anytime, anywhere, and with no need for charging pits and social grids. Unlike traditional new energy vehicles, the H600 is also equipped with an energy recycling system that can greatly improve energy efficiency and contribute to the mission of sustainable development.

The H600, a product that pioneers in technology and marketing, opens up a new horizon and infinite prospects for the booming new energy vehicle industry.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Maximum length: ………………………………………………….… 5200 mm
Maximum width: ………………………………………….………….. 2000 mm
Maximum height: …………………………………………………… .. 1494 mm
Luggage compartment: ………………………………………………. 500 Litres
Drivetrain configuration:……………………………. All Wheel Torque Vectoring
Powertrain: independent permanent magnet motors with gear box, microturbine range-extender
Package: ……………………………………………………………… 4 doors, 4/5 seats
Chassis: …………………………………….. ……………………….. Aluminium
Empty weight: ………………………………………………………….. 1870 kg
Top speed: …………………………….………………………………. 250 km/h
0 - 100 km/h acceleration: …………………………………………….. 2.9 sec
Maximum power delivery of electric motors: ………………………… Over 600 kW
Range in NEDC mixed cycle – extended range mode: ………..... Over 1000 Km
Weight distribution: …………………………………………………. Front52%/Rear48%
Turning circle …………………………………………………………… 6.1 m

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