The name comes from Battista Pininfarina founder of the famous coachbuilder.
Forget the PF0 because Pininfarina now announced that its upcoming electric hypercar officially goes under the model name Battista. The vehicle's moniker stems from the first name of Carrozzeria Pininfarina founder Battista Farina.
Pininfarina promises the Battista to be "fastest and most powerful car" ever to come from Italy, which is a tall order given the country's fame for producing sporty machines from famous brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini, among many others. The company will partner with Rimac on the vehicle's powertrain that will allegedly produce 1,900 horsepower (1,417 kilowatts) and 1,696 pound-feet (2,300 Newton-meters) of torque. According to the company, the model will be able to sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than 2 seconds and have a top speed of at least 250 mph (402 kph). The battery pack will allow for over 300 miles (483 kilometers) of range on a charge.
Teaser images hint the Battista has a smooth, futuristic design. There's a low-slung nose with a strip of lights running all the way across it. At the back, the rear deck splits into two sections to create a sharp-edged look back there. On the inside, there's a split-level dashboard and a touchscreen on each side of the steering wheel. The display on the left handles the instrument data, and the one of the right shows navigation and media info.
Pininfarina will sell the Battista for roughly $2 million and will produce just 150 of them. The automaker will allocate 50 each to the United States, Europe, and Asia. A full unveiling will take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019 and production will commence in 2020.
‘BATTISTA’ ANNOUNCED AS NAME OF THE MOST POWERFUL ITALIAN PERFORMANCE CAR EVER
˃ Automobili Pininfarina’s electric hypercar to take famous name of Pininfarina founder, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina.
˃ 90 years after Battista founded Carrozzeria Pininfarina, the Battista will be launched as Italy’s most powerful and fastest car
˃ Battista will be the first model in Automobili Pininfarina’s portfolio of luxury electric vehicles, and will be revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2019
˃ Legendary name recognises Battista’s dream to one day see a range of solely- Pininfarina branded cars on the roads
(Munich/Turin – 11th December 2018): Automobili Pininfarina today announces that the name of the first car in its luxury electric vehicle portfolio will be the Battista.
Named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company that he started in 1930, the all-electric hypercar will be designed and hand-built in very limited numbers at Pininfarina SpA under the watchful eye of Paulo Pininfarina, Battista’s grandson and current Pininfarina SpA Chairman.
Paolo Pininfarina shook hands with Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina and Anand Mahindra, Mahindra & Mahindra Group Chairman, to confirm that the limited-edition hypercar would take his grandfather’s name and be the fastest and most powerful car ever designed and produced in Italy.
Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman, Pininfarina SpA, said: “This is genuinely a dream come true. My 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, technological innovation and of course elegant styling. 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.”
In aiming to be the world’s first fully-electric luxury hypercar, extreme levels of technology and functional design lie beneath the Battista’s carbon fibre exterior, supporting the delivery of staggering performance for a road car. Power and torque equate to 1,900 bhp and 2,300 Nm respectively, meaning the Battista has the potential to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car, and break the 250 mph top speed barrier – all with a potential zero emissions range of over 300 miles.
Automobili Pininfarina has made a series of announcements in recent weeks that underpin its ambitions to be the world’s most innovative, sustainable and desirable wholly-electric luxury performance car brand at launch in 2020:
- A €20 million investment in a new partnership with Pininfarina SpA that underpins design, development and production of the Battista and the future range of Automobili Pininfarina cars at Pininfarina SpA headquarters in Cambiano near Turin
- A multi-million-euro commercial partnership with Rimac Automobili, the world’s leading electric powertrain and battery supplier to premium and luxury automotive brands
- New leadership appointments across the business of automotive executives with significant experience in design, development, engineering and connectivity from brands such as Bugatti, McLaren, Pagani, Porsche and Volvo
No more than 150 Battistas will be available from late 2020 at a price estimated between US$2m and US$2.5m. 50 cars are currently allocated to the USA, 50 to Europe and 50 to the Middle East and Asia region.
Automobili Pininfarina was announced in Rome in April 2018 as the world’s newest car brand with an ambition to sustainably develop and produce fully-electric, ultra-luxury cars at the pinnacle of design and desirability in their respective segments.
The Munich-based company will offer a range of cars designed and hand-crafted by legendary Italian automotive styling house Pininfarina SpA. The first, an ultra-exclusive, luxury electric hypercar codenamed PF0, will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, with production beginning in 2020.
Through its team of automotive experts drawn from leading luxury and supercar manufacturers, combined with the vision to collaborate with leading players in the world of electrification, connectivity and design, Automobili Pininfarina will deliver innovation in engineering, technology, aerodynamics and performance, wrapped in a beautiful skin.
Automobili Pininfarina’s Management Team was strengthened in September with the appointment of Christian Jung as Chief Technology Officer and Peter Tutzer as PF0 Senior Technical Advisor. Jung joins having risen through the ranks of BMW Group in Germany and the USA, and Porsche AG where he was Porsche’s Director for E-Mobility Systems Design and a leading part of the initial project lead team for the Mission E and additional electrification projects. Tutzer has more than 35 years’ experience in the automotive industry, beginning at Porsche, where he was ultimately appointed as Chief Engineer for the company’s race car programme. He then joined Pagani where he was responsible for the chassis, vehicle layout and packaging of the Pagani Zonda and then Bugatti where he played an integral role in the engineering and development of the Bugatti Veyron.
Kickstarted by winning all major Junior Championships such as F3 and F3000, Nick Heidfeld now has an accumulated experience of 20 years in top-level Motorsport. This includes a successful Formula One career spreading over 183 races, class wins at the famous 24h of Le Mans sportscar race and the unprecedented achievement of podium appearances in four different race categories at the illustrious Monaco Grand Prix. He has been part of the all-electric Formula E Championship since its inception and has helped Mahindra Racing grow into a winning team over the last three seasons, prior to confirming his role as an integral member of the Automobili Pininfarina team. He also holds the record for the fastest time up the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb.
Extreme levels of technology and functional design lie beneath the PF0’s carbon fibre exterior, supporting the delivery of staggering performance for a road car. Power and torque equate to 1,900 bhp and 2,300 Nm respectively, meaning PF0 has the potential to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds and break the 250 mph top speed barrier – all with a potential zero emissions range of over 300 miles.
Previously released images of the PF0 have presented a full carbon body that is curvaceous and sculptural, encased in sweeping glass. A single dynamic strip of light cascades from the front of the car and takes the place of traditional headlights. Inside the car, the cockpit is focused around a ‘vanishing point’ concept for the main dashboard display that will look unique and exciting, focusing the driver’s attention on the job in hand – a new definition of an intuitive, driver- centric layout.