Automobili Pininfarina has announced that it has named the first car in its luxury electric vehicle portfolio as Pininfarina Battista. The company’s electric hypercar has been named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company that he started in 1930. The all-electric Pininfarina Battista hypercar will be designed and hand-built in very limited numbers at Pininfarina SpA under Paulo Pininfarina, Battista’s grandson and current Pininfarina SpA Chairman. Only 150 Automobili Pininfarina Battistas will be available from late-2020, at a price estimated between $ 2 mn and $ 2.5 mn.
The Battista electric hypercar is set to be revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2019. Pininfarina SpA is a leading automotive design and specialist production companies, now under the ownership of Mahindra & Mahindra. The Battista name was confirmed at the Mahindra Leadership Symposium in Cambiano, the home of Pininfarina SpA.
The Pininfarina Battista is being developed with an ambition to be the world’s first fully-electric luxury hypercar, and the fastest and most powerful Italian-built car. The car is claimed to be equipped with extreme levels of technology and functional design beneath its carbon fibre exterior. The Battista will develop a power of 1,900 hp and torque level of 2,300 Nm, making it capable of accelerating from 0-62 m/h in under two seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car. It is also said to be able to break the 250 m/h top speed barrier, along with a range of over 300 miles.
Automobili Pininfarina has confirmed an investment of € 20 mn (about Rs 164 crore) in a new partnership with Pininfarina SpA. The investment underpins design, development and production of the Pininfarina Battista and the future range of Automobili Pininfarina cars at Pininfarina SpA. It followed an announcement in September of Automobili Pininfarina’s multi-million-euro commercial partnership with Rimac Automobili, a leading electric powertrain and battery supplier to premium and luxury automotive brands.
The company said that the Battista prototype will carry out an intense period of private viewings at potential luxury car retail partner dealerships and classic motoring events across the US and Europe. The prototype will continue to tour European cities prior to its Geneva reveal. 50 cars are currently allocated to the US, 50 in Europe and 50 for the Middle East and Asia region.
Paolo Pininfarina said this is genuinely a dream come true, as his grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars. This hypercar will boast world-beating performance, technology innovation and of course elegant styling, he added. “For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes reality today as we link our glorious past with the future of motoring,” Pininfarina said.
The company is proud and grateful that Battista’s name was allowed to be given to what will be a beautiful, elegant and technologically game-changing car, noted Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra. He said that is so appropriate for a car branded Pininfarina as these are core elements that have defined Pininfarina’s legendary automotive design for nearly 90 years. Now the hope is to respectfully work with that legacy and deliver a stunning car that is worthy of his name, Mahindra added.