Automobili Pininfarina has released new teaser images of its most ambitious project to date: the upcoming electric hypercar. The firm has decided on a name for the car after the name of its founder.
Pininfarina was founded by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina in 1930. The firm has officially declared its in-house hypercar will carry the name ‘Battista’ for all intents and purposes. The project’s original name was PF0. Pininfarina is now run by Battista’s grandson Paolo, who said it was a “dream come true” to launch such a car as a tribute. “My grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars,” he said.
Paolo Farina posing with the Battista hyper-EV named after his grandfather, Battista 'Pinin' Farina.
The design house claims the Battista will have “twice the output of a Formula One car”, pegging the figure around 1,900hp. It will be able to hit the ton in a scant two seconds flat and 300kph in less than 12 seconds. Pininfarina is referring to the Battista as “the most powerful Italian performance car ever”.
Ex-BMW and Audi boss Michael Perschke now heads the firm. He says the hypercar’s range will be at least 450km. The company is also looking at providing a charging system that can replenish the battery to 80 percent in just 40 minutes or less. While Automobili Pininfarina is headquartered in Munich, Germany, the Battista will be “handmade in Italy” at the firm’s facility just outside Turin. The electric hypercar will go on sale in autumn 2020, priced between $2-2.5 million.
Luca Borgogno, design head at Automobili Pininfarina said that the Battista marks the debut of a new design language dubbed Pura. The design ethos will place an emphasis on elegance and simplicity as opposed to the aggressive, modernist aesthetic that is currently trending among supercar manufacturers.
Pininfarina is pinning its hopes on the Battista to boost its maker’s badge as a stand-alone marque.
Pininfarina is pinning its hopes on the Battista to boost its maker’s badge as a stand-alone marque. The company has already mapped out a three-stage production plan. In summary, a carbon fibre-clad, simplistically designed, elegant Italian electric hypercar with minimalist yet modern interiors: that’s what the Pininfarina Battista will be. Have a look at the video below to see Paolo Farina describing the car’s long-awaited launch.