Ford has unveiled the latest iteration of its popular hot hatchback: 2020 Ford Focus ST. Although the company had earlier stated that it would be killing off all its cars save for the Mustang, SUVs, and trucks. However, the Focus ST survives due to its immense popularity in the thriving hot hatch market.
Based on the all-new fourth-generation Ford Focus, the ST draws upon its winning formula: a big turbocharged engine, aggressive bodywork, and uprated chassis.
The all-new Ford Focus ST builds upon its donor car's proportions and adds a meaner touch to the design.
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.
The ST badge commands a massive fanbase across the world, and the new Focus ST aims to expand upon its rich heritage.
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.