A true zero-emissions supercar is coming.
With the 2020 New York Auto Show canceled, many automakers were forced to delay reveals of some highly anticipated models. The Ford Bronco, for example, was going to be revealed back in April at the Big Apple, but the reveal was delayed until this week. One lesser-known model that was also scheduled to make its world debut at this year's New York Auto Show was the XP-1, a new revolutionary supercar developed by the California-based startup company Hyperion.
While many automakers are utilizing fully electric powertrains and hybrid setups to extract more performance from supercars and hypercars, the Hyperion XP-1 will utilize a high-performance, zero-emissions hydrogen powertrain using "cutting edge space technology" originally developed by NASA.
The US startup believes this will "usher in a new frontier of automotive technology." "We are extremely excited to launch Hyperion to the world so we can educate people to the benefits of hydrogen-based power systems," said Hyperion chief executive and founding member Angelo Kafantaris.
"As the most abundant element in the universe, the potential is virtually limitless. Our goal is to tell the story of hydrogen with inspiring vehicles and infrastructure solutions. With the debut of the XP-1, we aim to kick-start the final frontier towards a cleaner tomorrow for generations to come."
Technical details are being kept under wraps for now, but Hyperion boldly claims the XP-1 will be capable of outperforming modern supercars like the Bugatti Chiron and "boast unprecedented range, refuel time, endurance, and recyclability, especially when compared to today's battery-electric vehicles." With less range anxiety and no recharging times, the hydrogen-powered Hyperion XP-1 will potentially be more reliable and convenient to live with than the current crop of electric hypercars like the Lotus Evija, Pininfarina Battista, and Rimac C_Two.
Teaser photos preview the Hyperion XP-1's striking silhouette featuring large wheel arches and a coupe-styled roofline, while the Bugatti-style front features slim curved LED headlights. We'll find out how Hyperion intends to revolutionize the auto industry when the XP-1 is shown to the world in August.