This French-built hydrogen supercar has 500 hp and 500 miles of range
And a quirky name: Hopium Machina Alpha 0
If I had a bit of money and the audacity to invest it in a motoring project, I would probably build a 500-hp electric supercar and give it a funny name. Mostly because apparently that's what everyone is doing these days. The latest high-performance machine to join the EV frenzy was developed in France by a company called Hopium (yes, with the 'h') and it is called the 'Machina Alpha 0'. It looks good and if you remove the body panels that compose the (admittedly rather gorgeous) bodywork, you'll find fuel cells, not batteries.
Hopium was founded by Olivier Lombard (the youngest winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, ed.) and Mr Lombard confirms the Machina will put out 500 hp and will be capable of travelling 500 miles on a single tank... of hydrogen. For the sake of argument, you can basically only buy two FCEVs right now: the 161-hp Hyundai Nexo with 380 miles of range, or the 182-hp Toyota Mirai with 401 miles of range. That's because the BMW i Hydrogen Next (=X5 FCEV) and the Land Rover Defender aren't production-ready yet and Honda is officially axing the Clarity FCEV.
Hopium is currently testing a pre-production model with a 124-mph top speed and you can actually already order one: you can reserve it for as little as €410 ($490 / £350).