Italian auto design firm and coachbuilder Pininfarina has unveiled its long awaited Sintesi fuel cell car prototype at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Pininfarina has been around since the 1930s building prototypes and some production vehicles for names like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Peugeot, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Maserati.
The Pininfarina Sintesi features several Nuvera Quadrivium fuel cells that are based upon the company’s Andromeda and STAR hydrogen generator technologies. Sintesi, which is the Italian word for “synthesis,” follows the idea of Liquid Packaging when it comes to the design of the vehicle.
The four-door, four-seat sports car is actually a hydrogen electric hybrid vehicle that uses four fuel cells, one at each wheel to supply maximum independent power and increase cabin size for passengers. The Pininfarina Sintesi can accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 115 mph.
Besides being a car of the here and now, the Pininfarina Sintesi is also a car of the future as well. Thanks to Reicom’s Radio Technology the Pininfarina Sintesi will be able to communicate with other cars on the road that are also similarly equipped and will be able to choose the most favorable routes, taking into consideration road signals and traffic lights.