Automobili Pininfarina continues to be light on firm details about its upcoming PF0 electric hypercar, but three new renderings provide a fresh look at the vehicle's styling. In addition, Nick Heidfeld, a former Formula One driver and current competitor in Formula E, has signed on as the automaker's development driver.
The sketches depict the PF0 as a low-slung coupe with a large, swept-back windshield and prominent fenders. The headlights extend across the front end in a skinny strip.
“The design of PF0 will espouse purity, beauty, and innovation. Working closely with Pininfarina SpA we have created three new images that give prospective owners an exciting preview of the design features we will introduce on this incredible hypercar," Luca Borgogno, Automobili Design Director, said in the release of the new renderings.
Pininfarina is better known for its designs than as a full automaker, and the company wants its first product to be a worldbeater. Four electric motors would produce a total of 2,000 horsepower (1,491 kilowatts). The firm projects that the PF0 could hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than two seconds and achieve a top speed above 250 mph (402 kph). The batteries would provide over 300 miles (483 kilometers) of range, although presumably not with the pedal to the floor.
Pininfarina will hold a closed-door, invitation-only showing of the PF0 during Monterey Car Week in August, and it'll only be open to folks who will potentially be able to pay the roughly $2.5 million price for the electric hypercar. The company will begin real-world testing in early 2019, so we'll likely see spy shots leak out. Deliveries will start in late 2020.
After the PF0, Pininfarina intends to expand its lineup by adding an electric SUV. It would be somewhat more affordable at $185,000.
Mahindra purchased Pininfarina for $185 million in 2015. It created Automobili Pininfarina to be an automaker and retained Pininfarina SpA as a design firm.
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(New York, 13 July 2018): The launch of a new luxury electric hypercar by Automobili Pininfarina gathered pace in New York today, with the reveal of three exciting new images presenting design intent for the new PF0 hypercar.
Luca Borgogno, Automobili Design Director said: “Pininfarina has an unprecedented heritage of delivering cars that are both beautiful to look at and technically innovative. Creating this combination in the first Pininfarina-branded road car is a dream come true.
“The design of PF0 will espouse purity, beauty and innovation. Working closely with Pininfarina SpA we have created three new images that give prospective owners an exciting preview of the design features we will introduce on this incredible hypercar.”
Extreme levels of technology and functional design lie beneath the stunning styling of the exterior, with PF0 delivering staggering performance for a road car: a stated ambition to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds, break the 250 mph top speed barrier, and provide a potential zero emissions range of over 300 miles.
As a special guest of Mahindra Racing at this weekend’s Formula E street race, Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke also announced plans to bring on board ex-Formula 1 racing driver Nick Heidfeld. Heidfeld will be an integral member of the team developing the PF0 vehicle dynamics programme from the beginning of 2019, prior to the all-electric hypercar’s on-sale date of late-2020.
Michael Perschke said: “PF0 is borne from the 50 year old dream of Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, to see a stand-alone Pininfarina-branded range of cars that are both beautiful and technologically advanced. PF0 will deliver enormous power and driver thrills in abundance.
“We have a specific strategy in place to develop road car technology inspired by motorsport. Nick Heidfeld has more experience racing in Formula E than any other driver and we are delighted that from next year he will help deliver race-bred, electrifying performance in PF0.”
Racing driver Nick Heidfeld said: “The opportunity to join the Automobili Pininfarina family and develop cars that will deliver performance unlike anything before them is fantastic. I will continue to race next year and I am looking forward to sharing my motorsport knowledge with the new engineering and design team at Automobili Pininfarina, which will support their ambition to create beautiful sports and luxury cars offering electrifying performance on road and circuit.”
Automobili Pininfarina was officially launched to the world’s media in Rome, Italy in April this year, where it announced its plan to sustainably develop and produce fully-electric ultra-luxury cars in low volumes at the pinnacle of design and desirability in their respective segments.
North America is likely to be Automobili Pininfarina’s largest market for sales given the passionate interest in both electric-power and Pininfarina-designed cars, and so the new business is now engaging with prospective retailer partners as it seeks to deliver world-class client care as part of its specialist vehicle ownership strategy.
“Clients of PF0 and the future portfolio of Automobili Pininfarina luxury cars will find ownership as enjoyable, effortless and exciting as it is driving them. We fully intend to partner with the world’s best luxury car retailers in order to help deliver on that promise: a true team effort and one-to-one experience that online sales can never deliver”, said Michael Perschke.
“We plan to enhance the important partnerships we are developing with these retailers by inviting them and their clients to personalise PF0 experiences during Monterey Car Week in August this year. These briefings will be by invitation only and will be the first time prospective customers have the opportunity to view our groundbreaking, beautiful hypercar ahead of production in 2020.”