Yes, it will be reasonably quick

Yes, it will be reasonably quick

Automobili Pininfarina is claiming that its 1,900bhp electric hypercar  - named after Pininfarina founder, Battista 'Pinin' Farina - will be launched as Italy's most powerful and fastest car ever.

The Battista will be the first model in Automobili Pininfarina's portfolio of luxury electric vehicles, and will be revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2019.

The all-electric Battista hypercar will be designed and hand-built in very limited numbers at Pininfarina SpA.

Battista's grandson and current Pininfarina SpA Chairman Paolo Pininfarina shook hands with Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina and Anand Mahindra, Mahindra & Mahindra Group Chairman, to confirm that the limited-edition hypercar would take his grandfather's name and be the fastest and most powerful car ever designed and produced in Italy.

Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman, Pininfarina SpA, said: "This is genuinely a dream come true. My grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars. This hypercar will boast world-beating performance, technological innovation and of course elegant styling. For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes reality today as we link our glorious past with the future of motoring."

Pininfarina says that in aiming to be the 'world's first fully-electric luxury hypercar', extreme levels of technology and functional design lie beneath the Battista's carbon fibre exterior, supporting the delivery of 'staggering performance for a road car'. Power and torque equate to 1,900 bhp and 2,300 Nm respectively, meaning the Battista has the potential to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car, and break the 250 mph top speed barrier – all with a potential zero emissions range of over 300 miles.

Automobili Pininfarina has made a series of announcements in recent weeks that underpin its ambitions to be the world's most innovative, sustainable and desirable wholly-electric luxury performance car brand at launch in 2020:

  • An EUR20m investment in a new partnership with Pininfarina SpA that underpins design, development and production of the Battista and the future range of Automobili Pininfarina cars at Pininfarina SpA headquarters in Cambiano near Turi
  • A 'multi-million-euro' commercial partnership with Rimac Automobili, a leading electric powertrain and battery supplier to premium and luxury automotive brands
  • New leadership appointments across the business of automotive executives with significant experience in design, development, engineering and connectivity from brands such as Bugatti, McLaren, Pagani, Porsche and Volvo

No more than 150 Battistas will be available from late 2020 at a price estimated between US$2m and US$2.5m. 50 cars are currently allocated to the USA, 50 to Europe and 50 to the Middle East and Asia region.

See also: Auto Pininfarina plans luxury/sports EV range