Hydrogen sedan Hopium Machina evolved to a running prototype – DRIVE

Dimensions are unknown. Four-door design (video), resembling Tesla Model S, “Inspired” by water. Unusual should be recognized as “flowing” headlights and lanterns, as well as side mirrors, cameras and retractable door handles. The prototype has no wipers yet. The filling door is visible aft to the left.

The French company Hopium Inc., founded in 2020 by 30-year-old racer Olivier Lombard (the youngest winner “24 Hours of Le Mans” in the LMP2 class), presented its first running prototype, the Alpha 0, on hydrogen fuel cells. It was built “in record time” in a workshop at the Linas-Monleri autodrome and is already accelerating to 200 km / h. The serial sedan will be named Hopium Machina and, in theory, will go on sale by 2025-2026. For the first batch of 1000 cars, orders are accepted with a contribution of 410 euros (35 260 rubles).

The engine and fuel cells are hidden under the hood, and six kilograms of hydrogen are stored at 700 bar in two thermoplastic cylinders from Plastic Omnium. One tank is longitudinally built into the central tunnel, the other is located in the boot underground (video). A buffer battery lurked nearby.

The Machina sedan will start at 120,000 euros (10.32 million rubles). The declared power is 500 hp, a maximum speed of 230 km / h, a cruising range of 1000 km and refueling in three minutes. Note that the Hopium brand is part of the HMC Group (Hydrogen Motive Company), created by the same Lombard, who “piloted hydrogen racing cars for seven years.” Olivier promises the next batch of news in the first quarter of 2022. The Machine has not so many competitors: Toyota Mirai Yes Honda Clarity.


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