The 1,900bhp, £2 million, drop-dead gorgeous Pininfarina Battista hyper-EV has arrived in London for the first time, much to the delight of the local supercar spotters and ultra-high-net-worths.
An electric motor in each wheel transmits that 1,900bhp and 1,696lb/ft of torque to the road and launch the Battista like a bullet from a gun, reaching the 62mph marker in “under 2 seconds.” Which makes it quicker off the line than a Formula One car. 186mph flashes by in less than 12 seconds. Only drag racers and astronauts experience faster acceleration.
Pininfarina also claim that the Battista can drive from London to Paris on a single charge, a distance of 300 miles or so. There’s no word on how fast it will go flat-out, but it should reach the double ton fairly easily.
Which brings us to the styling and, well, just look at it. Pininfarina is arguably the greatest styling house in automotive history so it would be more surprising if the Battista wasn’t so achingly pretty. This is, after all, the company whose back catalogue includes the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, Ferrari Daytona, Peugeot 205 and the 1946 Cisitalia 202, one of just nine cars on permanent display in the New York Museum of Modern Art.
Details are thin on the ground, but the Battista is likely to be hiding some extremely clever aerodynamics over, under and through the bodywork. All the better to keep its form so pure.
Inside, the interior is as high-tech and driver-focused as you would expect of something so fast. Expect it to be luxurious in the extreme, too, albeit likely trimmed in materials more sustainable than leather and Alcantara.
Surprisingly for a company that has been designing and building cars for nearly 90 years, the Battista is the first car Pininfarina has created for its own brand. Fittingly, it is named after company founder Battista “Pinin” Farina. For those not fluent in the Piedmontese dialect, Pinin is the nickname usually given to the youngest/smallest brother.
Sprawling Indian conglomerate Mahindra bought the Italian company in 2015, providing much-needed investment. But rather than try to tackle the hypercar establishment on its own, Pininfarina has partnered with the likes of hyper-EV pioneers Rimac, who helped develop the Battista’s electrical architecture.
That architecture centres around a T-shaped battery stack behind the cockpit which, Pininfarina claims, provides optimum weight distribution. Which is useful as, like every other EV, the Battista won’t be especially light.
Ex-F1 racer Nick Heidfeld is fine-tuning the Battista’s handling and will be demonstrating the car on track at this weekend’s Goodwood Memeber’s Meeting. Its arrival in the UK also coincides with the inauguration at London’s new Ultra-Low Emissions Zone next week.
Pininfarina expects to build around 150 Battistas a year. Orders are being taken now for deliveries starting towards the end of 2020.