Electric hyper car Pininfarina Battista to be launched in Geneva
The new car manufacturer, Automobili Pininfarina, will launch an electric hyper car called Battista at the coming Geneva Motorshow. The car will have 1.900 horsepower from four electric motors and cost around 2 million euro.
Not so long ago the famous car design and developing company, Pininfarina, in big financial problems, was bought by Mahindra & Mahindra, the number two Indian manufacturer.
Last year the mother company created Automobili Pininfarina, a 100% Mahindra daughter to create and produce super cars for the happy few.
The first product is Battista, named after the founder of Pininfarina, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina. It’s a so-called hyper car, a sports car with a structure monocoque in carbon fibre that has four electric motors each driving one wheel, totalling 1.900 horsepower and 2.300 Nm of torque. Even with the four-wheel drive torque vectoring is very welcome with this amount of power and torque.
The car will accelerate to 100 km/hour in less than 2 seconds, to 300 km/hour in less than 13 seconds and has a theoretical top speed of more than 400 km/hour. If you drive it more gently a driving range of 450 km is guaranteed by a T-shaped battery pack behind the occupants with 120 kWh capacity.
‘Soprattutto deve essere bella’, above all the car must be beautiful was the slogan of the founder of the 90-year-old Carrozzeria Pininfarina and design director, Luca Borgogno, has kept to it for its new sibling.
In comparison with some Asian (electric) hyper cars, most of them still struggling to survive, the Battista is incredibly beautiful and purely lined.
This car is not a street racer or a car reserved for the circuit. Despite of its incredulous power, it’s a street-ready GT. You can cruise in it at normal speeds, the ingress is relatively easy because of the scissor doors and the lack of large door sills.
Inside, the car is completely bespoke, only the very small instrument panel and the two adjacent TFT touch screens are fixed, as are the two rotary buttons.
This first car will be a limited edition of 150 units. First sketches were shown at the Concours at Pebble Beach (California) where the first orders were already taken. Normally 60 of the limited number of 150 cars will be sold in the US, 50 in Europe and 40 in the rest of the world.
The first deliveries to clients in Europe are scheduled for the second half of 2020. After that, Automobile Pininfarina wants to develop and sell some 3 or 4 other cars, SUVs as well as sports cars, by far not so expensive as the Battista, but still aiming at the happy few.
Belgian Ginion Group, dealer of BMW, Mini but also Ferrari, and importer of English prestigious brands, as Rolls-Royce and McLaren, will become BeLux importer for Automobili Pininfarina.
At the last Brussels Motor show selected Ginion clients could have a look behind the scenes at the Battista. They were the first people in the world to see the car in real. Battista is meant to be one of the eye-catchers at the coming Geneva Motor Show in the beginning of March.