Automobili Pininfarina has finally lifted the veil off Battista, the world’s fastest car at its world premiere in Geneva. The two-seat coupe is the first luxury vehicle from Munich, Germany-based, Automobili Pininfarina, which was established a year ago by the Mahindra Group.
A revolution in automotive performance, design and technical collaboration, Battista is the first in a range of purely electric, zero-emission luxury cars. Its electric powertrain, sourced from the Croatian firm Rimac, produces 1,877 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque, makes it the most powerful Italian car to date. It also pushes the supercar to 62 mph in less than 2.0 seconds, 186 mph in less than 12 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph.
Named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who founded the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company in 1930, the all-electric hyper GT will be designed and hand-built at Pininfarina SpA under the watchful eye of Paolo Pininfarina, Battista’s grandson and current Pininfarina SpA Chairman. Never before has a new brand and its first car been launched with such an emotive past, relevance for the present, and potential for the future – the Battista embodies timeless design as a piece of art.
Automobili Pininfarina CEO, Michael Perschke, said, “This is the most authentic and exciting automotive story imaginable. The Battista is the hypercar of the future, inspired by a legendary past. It combines true inspiration and innovation in its technical achievement and emotional appeal. We aim for the Battista to be a future classic and automotive icon, writing its own page in automotive history books.”
Stylistically, the Battista is the result of a close collaboration between the Automobili Pininfarina design team and legendary design house, Pininfarina SpA. With extensive use of lightweight materials, in an effort to keep the weight of the car under 2,000 kg, a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and visually stunning carbon fibre body provide the foundation for elegant design solutions at the heart of the hypercar.