The Pininfarina H2 Speed Evolves from Simple Concept to Full-Blown, Hydrogen-Powered Racecar
Remember the Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept back in 2016? It was said the concept, which wasn’t functional at the time, could evolve into a real-life electric race car. Sure enough, two years later, Pininfarina is back in Geneva showcasing the H2 Speed, in working guise, with the promise to produce a total of 12 examples. To be clear, however, it may have electric motors, but it’s actually powered by hydrogen – something that makes using in on the track for long periods of time feasible. Pininfarina promises a refilling time of just 3 minutes but hasn’t disclosed the range a full tank of hydrogen will get. There’s so much more, though, so keep reading to learn about the important details.
If there was ever a concept that truly embodied the long-standing partnership between Ferrari and Pininfarina, it would be the 2013 Ferrari Sergio. The concept burst onto the scene at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as a tribute model to the late Sergio Pininfarina. Reports that the Sergio was earmarked for production first surfaced in September 2014, and a little over a month later, a new report indicated that Ferrari and Pininfarina were actually building production models of the radical concept. Now, the wait is over, as it was recently officially announced that the first Ferrari Sergio has been delivered to the SBH Royal Auto Gallery at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates.
Ferrari and Pininfarina, the two architects behind the Sergio Concept, built six production versions of the radical supercar, each coming with a price tag of $3 million. The price is admittedly way more than I can afford, but for the six individuals Ferrari invited to snatch up the limited-edition piece, spending $3 million on an ultra-exclusive supercar can be considered money well spent.
Unfortunately, all six models have already been spoken for. Based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, the roadster was "created to celebrate the spirit and core values of the historic Cambiano company in the 60th anniversary year of its collaboration with the Prancing Horse," as stated in a press release.
The car is not only striking to look at, it’s also, unsurprisingly, intended to be extremely driver oriented, as is emphasized in the press release: "An authentic open-top, it explicitly references the track, underscoring and intensifying its sense of sportiness, fun behind the wheel and the pleasure of design at its purest."
Each of the six Ferrari Sergios was carefully customized by its owner at a workshop in Maranello, where a large variety of colors, materials, and finishes were on hand to suit their personal tastes. The result, clearly, is a car that’s fast, beautiful, and absolutely unique.
Updated 08/24/2017: We added a series of images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.
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Here’s Hoping Mahindra’s Planned Supercar Gamble Pays Off
Two years ago, Indian automaker Mahindra bought Italian design house Pininfarina for $28.1 million. The purchase raised a lot of questions, including Mahindra’s rationale behind the deal. And while it’s taken a little longer than expected, it appears the first fruits are budding. There’s talk within Mahindra of bringing a Pininfarina-branded electric supercar to the U.S. and China.
The plan is to develop an electric supercar branded with the Pininfarina name rather than Mahindra. The goal, it seems, is to deliver the supercar for both the U.S. and China in an effort to establish a solid foundation in those two markets. The superpowers are two of the largest markets in the automotive industry. Details are still scarce and comments made by Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindram, to Market Watch, indicate plans are still in the exploratory phase. We’re not expecting Mahindra or Pininfarina to disclose details anytime soon. That said, the thought of an electric supercar wearing the Pininfarina name is very intriguing.
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Emerson Fittipaldi Is Now Building A Supercar
Motor racing fans remember Emerson Fittipaldi as one of only a handful of racers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One world championship. At 70 years old, Fittipaldi still races occasionally, but today, the two-time F1 title-holder is in the news for an entirely different reason, one that specifically involves the creation of a supercar under the brand name Fittipaldi Motors.
Yes, the great Brazilian racer is dipping his toes in auto production where he’ll receive help from no less than iconic Italian design house Pininfarina and German engineering firm HWA to build a supercar that’s been christened the “Fittipaldi EF7 Vision by Pininfarina.”
Not much is known about the EF7 Vision at this point but the supercar is expected to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this coming March. In preparation for that highly anticipated event, Fittipaldi Motors has released the first teaser image of the EF7 and not surprisingly for a car that we all know little about, the image doesn’t show us anything other than a small look at one of its rear quarter panels. That said, the image does hint at something you rarely see in the auto industry these days: a carbon split rear spoiler. The muscular shoulder of the EF7 also serves as a nice preview of what’s to come while the cockpit-style roof possibly indicates a non-traditional interior layout.
We’re admittedly shooting from the hip with all of these observations so take all of it with a pinch of salt, at least until we hear more details about the supercar ahead of its March 2017 debut in Geneva. For now, digest what you can of the EF7’s teaser image and hope that it turns into the kind of production-ready supercar that enthusiasts and neophytes will come to appreciate.
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Pininfarina to Produce and Sell 10 Examples of the H2 Speed Concept
Between Hellcat-munching Teslas and 1,000-horsepower monsters raging up Pikes Peak, it seems as though all-electric power is truly coming into its own. But this is 2016, folks, and technology moves quickly, so what’s the next big thing when it comes to four-wheeled performance? A lot of people are putting their money on hydrogen, including Pininfarina. You see, the famous Italian car designer says its making 10 examples of its
powered H2 race car, and we could see a working prototype as early as next year.
That’s the word from Automotive News, which had a chat with Pininfarina’s CEO, Silvio Pietro Angori, at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
In case you were unaware, Pininfarina introduced the H2 as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The car is absolutely ridiculous in pretty much every single way – not only does it look like a spaceship, but it also uses a hydrogen-fueled powertrain from GreenGT that pumps out 503 horsepower at the rear wheels by way of two high-performance electric motors (plus a little electrochemical magic). With that kind of output, the car can supposedly hit the 60 mph mark is just 3.4 seconds, raging on to a top speed of 184 mph.
Each of the ten examples slated for production will cost $2.5 million.
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Legendary Italian coachbuilder, Pininfarina, is apparently set to go back to its old stomping grounds, eyeing a return to coach building now that its brief and ultimately unsuccessful flirtation with being a volume automaker is all but over.
According to Automotive News, the legendary design house is keen on the idea of building a select number of cars for its clients, the same way it did in past years with one-off models like James Glickenhaus’ P4/5 and theRolls-Royce Drophead Coupe Hyperion.
The company initially wanted to become its own auto brand, but those dreams were squashed after it ran into financial trouble, prompting it to restructure its business and think of alternative ways to keep the company afloat.
It turns, that ’alternative’ means returning to its roots, something CEO Silvio Pietro Angori told Automotive News is the company’s objective moving forward. What it means for its plan to produce a handful of the Sergio Concept remains to be seen, but from the way the company sounds these days, the cost of doing that, coupled with the risk of selling models priced at $2 million each, far outweighs any acclaim it would have received.
But not all is lost, fans of Pininfarina. The company isn’t going away anytime soon. From the looks of things, it’s just going to return to the strategy that made it one of the most famous coachbuilders in the world.
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A couple of months after word spread that Pininfarina was thinking of building a limited production run of the Sergio Concept, it looks like there was more to those rumors than anybody previously thought.
According to Car and Driver, the Italian coach builder is really serious about building a production model of the Sergio Concept. The caveat is that it will be limited to just around five units. Each of the five vehicles will be built in the company’s headquarters in Turin, Italy.
Here’s the other interesting part about the Sergio Concept. The anticipated €3 million price tag (roughly $3.89 million at the current exchange rates) of the concept may not be as much of a reality after all. If it hits production, it’s still going to cost potential buyers more than a pretty penny, but the updated $2 million price tag is a relative bargain.
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When Pininfarina debuted the Sergio Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, a lot of people thought that the car would only be there as a show car.
But now, it looks like the company is doing an about-face with plans of building a limited number of models, each priced at around €3 million (roughly $3.89 million at the current exchange rates). Pininfarina CEO, Silvio Angori, made the announcement, telling Automotive News Europe that the company is "considering a very limited run of five to six units."
This latest developments comes a surprise to a lot of people considering the rather extreme design of the Sergio, which, in concept guise, won’t meet a lot of European safety standards.
But Pininfarina already has a plan to work around the car’s concept design to make it a street-legal model, including the installation of a windshield to comply with European homologation rules. "We already know how and where to modify the Sergio concept car to make it into a compliant, street-legal model," Pininfarina chief designer, Fabio Filippini, also told Automotive News Europe.
Should Pininfarina succeed in turning the Sergio Concept into a full-fledged road goer, albeit extremely limited model, there’s still that matter of price. Last we checked, €3 million don’t grow on trees and it might be a hard sell, awesome as the car is, to convince somebody to fork over that much money.
Then again, that’s exactly the amount Lamborghini charged for the Veneno hypercar. And all three models are already accounted for.
For true Ferrari enthusiasts that are planning to visit Italy during the Winter holidays, Ferrari has a treat in store for you.
Ferrari has opened an exhibition to pay tribute to the late Sergio Pininfarina and the not-to-be-forgotten Pinin Farina, by showcasing every model that has been designed by the man himself and his team. The idea behind the exhibition is to show the public the exemplary creations that came out from the Pininfarina drawing board. The exhibition includes 11 models that are divided between the front-engined berlinettas, such as the 1964 275 GTB4 and the Spider version of the legendary Daytona, the mid-rear-engined models, notably the milestone BB, and the contemporary creative evolution which encompasses, amongst others, the Testarossa and the 599 SA Aperta, the latter a homage by Ferrari to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina. The highlight of the exhibition is the famous Modulo concept which previously was an unseen exhibit from the Pininfarina family’s private and company collections.
This exhibition was opened on October 27th and it will remain open until January 7th, 2013. So, anybody who is going to Europe, or Italy in that matter, can visit that museum before January 7th and behold the Italian passion that emanates from every single Pininfarina-designed Ferrari on display.
Could it be the world’s ultimate supercar? Combining the skills of legendary design house, Pininfarina, with the pace of an Enzo, this impressive coupe was set to turn the performance car class on its head when it was unveiled in the summer of 2006.
It’s the Ferrari 612 P4/5, a one-off model created especially for film director and stock exchange magnate, James Glickenhaus. The P4/5 started its life as an Enzo, but was transformed because Glickenhaus wanted a car that resembled the styling of Ferrari’s 1960’s race cars, the P Series. Designing, engineering, and building this special car was left in the hands of none other then Pininfarina. Their mission was to produce a unique vehicle inspired by sport racing cars with extreme vocations. This was not to be just a show-car, but a vehicle to be enjoyed on the road. And taking a close look at the final product, we have to admit they managed to do more than that.
UPDATE 01/06/2011: Check out the latest testing video for the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina after the jump!
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Lancia may not be the first brand you associate with a supercar – it may not even be the ninth or tenth brand you’d think of – but the truth sometimes is stranger than what people think.
And the truth is, Lancia is making a supercar – they’re calling it the Stratos – and with the help of noted coachbuilder, Pininfarina, we may see a whole lot more of the car in the coming future.
For now, we’re going to settle for this video of the Stratos, which, at this point, is probably still a prototype, being taken for a quick run around the track by no less than Michael Stoschek, the man behind the entire project. We don’t even need to understand German to know that there seems to be a lot of expectations directed at this car, especially considering that the Stratos is pretty much a mini version of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia with the car’s engine being a Ferrari V8 and its chassis based on the aforementioned Prancing Horse sports car.
Like we said, we’re going to run off a lot more models of supercars before we come across the Stratos, but for what it’s worth, this Lancia/Pininfarina project should be making a name for itself sometime down the road.
Pininfarina has released new photos of the new supercar: Ferrari P4/5 .
The new Ferrari has been designed, engineered and built entirely by Pininfarina. They have started from a Ferrari Enzo and wanted to produce a unique vehicle inspired by sport racing cars with extreme vocations: not just a show-car but a vehicle to be enjoyed on the road.
More than 200 components were specifically developed through constant interaction between styling and design: from the bixenon lighting clusters (...)