Automobili Pininfarina has finally stopped with all the teaser images and revealed its all-electric Battista at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show - and going by its performance figures, this hypercar lives up to all of the hype…
Let’s get to the facts; it is based on a carbon fibre chassis (borrowed from Rimac) with two electric motors mounted to each axle. On a single charge, the 120 kWh lithium battery (laid out in a T-shape configuration to aid the car’s weight distribution) ensures it’ll be able to do 450km but the headline news is that the Battista has 1,900 horsepower and is the most powerful street-legal car ever! It has about the equivalent power of not one but two Formula 1 cars along with a whopping 2,300Nm of torque and has the ability to hit 100kph from rest in under two seconds. Pick your chin off the floor and get this – its top speed is over 350kph and in case you were wondering, yes, it is the most powerful road car ever built.
The Battista is one of the most anticipated unveilings at this week’s show at the Palexpo convention center; Automobili Pininfarina, a spin-off of the legendary Italian design house Pininfarina, is only a little over a year old but has already leapfrogged many of the industry’s famous names in such a short space of time. Owned by Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group who bought a majority stake in 2015, the debut model was named after Pininfarina’s founder Battista “Pinin” Farina and it won’t be the only EV that it produces as a full range are planned which could include an SUV.
Developed by executives, designers, and engineers who came from the likes of Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW, and Formula 1 and Formula E racing teams, the Battista features upward opening doors, an LED light strip between the headlights, and a charging port situated behind the tail-section (with an integrated light bar to indicate the charge level!). The cabin packs three digital screens aimed at the driver displaying essential info in the middle with vehicle instruments and navigation data on the others.
Just 150 are to be built and each will cost $2million, or around Dh7.3 million.