The Kincsem Hyper-GT will take advantage of hydrogen power.
Now that battery-electric technology has reached new heights in the automotive world, manufacturers can put together some thrilling performance cars. We've already been stunned by the figures paired with groundbreaking products such as the Rimac Nevera and the imminent Tesla Roadster. Although it wasn't set to be a full EV, one car that we were looking forward to in this sphere was the Jaguar C-X75.
This was set to be the successor to the long-deceased XJ220 as the British brand's pinnacle supercar but the project was abandoned very soon after it made its appearance in 2015's James Bond: Spectre as it would have been too expensive to produce.
A few years ago, it was rumored that the tech of the C-X75's concept would be repurposed for an all-new supercar from Jaguar. Unfortunately, talks surrounding this died out shortly after but last year, a boutique firm revealed its plans for the new supercar. Now, it looks like the project has picked up steam yet again with a few crucial updates on the development.
The new player in the electric supercar scene is the Kincsem Hyper-GT which is being developed on the platform of the C-X75 and may show its face as soon as 2025. The exciting project is being backed by wealthy Hungarian entrepreneur Tibor Bak who founded the Swiss-UK Bak Motors venture in 2018.
The Kincsem moniker, pronounced "kin-chem" refers to an Anglo-Hungarian Thoroughbred racehorse that bears the reputation of being undefeated and holds the most amount of victories compared to any other unbeaten racehorse at 54 wins. Keeping to the tradition of the horse, it will only produce 54 units. For the supercar, Kincsem will be working closely with Ian Callum who will assist in ensuring that the Hyper-GT will offer the best technology via bespoke engineering.
It will not be a fully electric vehicle but rather a hybrid electric with a powertrain that is set to be developed by McLaren Applied and a chip manufacturing company called Ricardo. It is not clear if the car will use the twin-turbo 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with two electric motors as found in the developmental prototype. This configuration would have developed a combined 890 horsepower.
What is confirmed is that Kincsem wants its Hyper-GT to employ hydrogen fueling and a high engine speed ability as seen in the current Gordon Murray Automotive range. McLaren Applied is getting on board to help the boutique firm in developing an E-motor and inverter that is compact, efficient, and light by using Silicon Carbide.
After the Hyper-GT is launched, Kincsem will get straight to work on developing a Hyper SUV which is likely to go up against the likes of the Aston Martin DBX and Ferrari Purosangue when it is launched in 2026. Speaking to Autocar, Bak states that there was an initial plan to employ a V12 powertrain but now that the Euro 7 emissions regulations are set to be implemented, this would have been impossible.
Hydrogen has been earmarked as a significant application because Kincsem has managed to source the rights to a storage component developed by Plasma Kinetics here in the USA. This system was restricted from private use by local defense authorities but has now been greenlit for practical use. It allows the flow of hydrogen gas to travel without any need for pressure thanks to a film that has been specially made for the gas. The hydrogen is freed into the chamber as soon as it comes into contact with light.
To keep things light and balanced, Kincsem has appointed an unnamed but well-known UK firm to develop a specific carbon tub for the Hyper GT. McLaren Applied is currently working on four electric motors that will be installed at each wheel. It will also develop the traction control system, inverters, and a compact high-performance battery. The team is eyeing a power output of more than 670 horsepower.