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Wild-looking Hyperion XP-1 fuel cell hypercar seen driving on public roads

The company decided to take the XP-1 out for a spin in Las Vegas recently.

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Last summer, a Southern California-based company called Hyperion debuted a wild hydrogen-powered hypercar called the XP-1. The company referred to the XP-1 concept as an "educational tool," but there's more to it than that, it would seem, because it took the XP-1 for a spin on the streets of Las Vegas, according to a report published Friday by Motor1.

Now, in case you forgot, the Hyperion XP-1 is a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car that claims a 1,000-mile range per tank of hydrogen, 1,500 horsepower, a 0-60 time of around 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 221 mph. Rather interestingly, Hyperion claims there are no batteries on-board to store energy (as we see in the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Nexo, for example), which reduces weight.

Despite the lack of a physical CES show this year, Hyperion decided to go to Vegas anyway, and it drove the XP-1 up and down the Strip, as well as out in the desert. We don't have a great deal of detail on exactly how fast it went or what the company was doing in the desert, but it's interesting to see the car covered in camouflage, considering that it's already been seen without it.

Hyperion plans to offer the XP-1 for sale to the public starting in 2022, but with the bulk of the planned 300-vehicle production run slated for 2023.

Hyperion didn't immediately respond to Roadshow's request for comment.

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