Weighing under 1000kg makes the Aprilicale one of the lightest cars in the Thousand Horse Club, and is a showcase for the company’s core technology: the lightweight Graph-Pro hydrogen storage tank, which is built into the carbon fibre chassis In structure, its weight is more than 20 times the hydrogen it carries.
Apricale carries about 5.4 kilograms of hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bar. It runs this hydrogen through a “hundred-kilowatt” fuel cell to generate electricity, which is either sent directly to two 400-kilowatt (536-horsepower) electric motors on the front and rear axles, or pumped away as a 6-kilowatt High-performance battery charging at all times – how much is used where and how much is determined by the Tri-Volt energy management system.
The role of the battery is to provide a short-term boost when you need all those thousand horsepower — which Viritech seems to think isn’t that often. So while it’s accurate to say this thing makes 1,000 horsepower, it’s also more accurate to say that it’s only for a short time. Once the battery is depleted, the car will be limited to any range in the hundreds of kilowatts.
Viritech promises zero emissions at speeds of 200mpg (322km/h) or more, and also says a full tank of hydrogen can take a driver about 350 miles (560km) before needing to find a hydrogen station.
But that’s not really the point, just 25 of these things will be built, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2024. For one, Viritech isn’t trying to be a supercar company, this machine is actually more of a showcase of the company’s light-duty gas storage and hydrogen/battery hybrid energy management system in its most vivid form.