Pininfarina Automobili has managed to bring one of the most intriguing hypercars at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in the form of the new electric Battista.
Compared to the other hypercars of the Swiss show, the new Battista looks elegant, beautifully proportioned and dare we say …finished? Yes, some of the lines on the outside do resemble a mid-engine Ferrari but this is Pininfarina we’re talking about and the end result is pretty appealing visually.
This thing has more horses than Mongolia
And while the Pininfarina Battista may not attack your eyeballs as viciously as, let’s say a Koeningsegg Jesko or a Bugatti La Voitture Noire, its specs will drop your jaw on the floor; the full carbon monocoque chassis features four electric motors -each mounted behind a wheel- for a combined output of 1,900PS (1,874hp) and 2,300Nm (1,696lb-ft) of torque, making the Battista the most powerful road legal car on the planet, once it arrives in 2020.
The four electric motors, which also provide real torque vectoring, are fed by a T-shaped 120kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s mounted within the center tunnel and behind the seats. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the whole powertrain is shared with Rimac, the company that pioneered the whole “electric hypercar” trend.
Pininfarina reckons that the Battista is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in under 2 seconds, but more impressively a 0-186mph (300km/h) in under 12 seconds. For reference, McLaren expects the Speedtail to hit 186mph from a standstill in 12.8 seconds. Top speed is quoted at 217mph (350km/h).
Less important figures (for a hypercar) include a driving range of up to 280 miles (450km) and the ability for DC fast charging.
“Electrification unlocks the door to a new level of performance and a zero-emissions future, whilst a passion and respect for automotive history will define how this landmark car looks and feels,” said Automobili Pininfarina CEO, Michael Perschke. “We aim for the Battista to be a future classic and automotive icon, writing its own page in automotive history books.”
150 will be made
Pininfarina plans to produce by hand no more than 150 examples of the Battista in Italy, each priced from around $2.5 million. The production run will be allocated equally between the regions of North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia, which translates in 50 cars per region.