Pininfarina has just revealed their highly anticipated electric hypercar, the Pininfarina Battista. Pininfarina and branch Automobili Pininfarina are well known names in the luxury markets. The well renowned Italian design firm has had their name printed on everything from cars to kitchens to mega-yachts. It was a bit of a surprise when they stated intention to enter the electric hypercar space, but they sure are qualified and the Battista sure does look good.
Pininfarina is a design firm mostly known for their work with Ferrari. They have an extensive history and have also played their part in some Alfa Romeos, Fiats, GMs, Lancias, Maseratis, and Peugeots. Pininfarina typically doesn’t just focus on cars but their new branch, Automobili Pininfarina, will be dedicated as an all electric luxury car manufacturer. Their first car, revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show, is the Pininfarina Battista.
Last year it was announced that over €20m ($22.7m) would be invested into the design and plans for a range of luxury electric cars by Pininfarina. This is the first car built under the Pininfarina brand and it’s definitely making a statement. The electric hypercar is actually named after Pininfarina founder, Battista “Pinin” Farina.
With its lightweight carbon fiber body and four electric motors, it boasts ludicrous claims such as 1,900 hp, 2,300 Nm torque, a 0 – 60 in under 2 seconds, a top speed of 250 mph (400 kmh). This is Italy’s most powerful car, and it’s electric.
The Pininfarina Battista has a range of 450 km (280 miles) and can charge 80% of its battery in just 40 minutes.
The Battista is built in collaboration with Rimac, the other electric hypercar manufacturer making headlines recently. Rimac will help build the battery and drivetrain by providing both hardware and software. The Rimac C_Two has a top speed of 258 mph (412 kmh) and a 0-60 in 1.85 seconds which is pretty comparable to the Battista.
This electric hypercar is set for a 2020 delivery with an estimated price point of $2.5 million (€2.2m). This electric hypercar will be limited to just 150 units built with 50 destined for the U.S, 50 for Europe, and the remaining 50 for the Middle East and Asia. It seems like there will be three special editions, the Bianca, Grigio, and Grigio Luserna.
If you’d like to place an order for one of the most expensive pieces of art available, you’ll first have to apply. That might sound a bit ridiculous, but it’s pretty normal in the extreme luxury car sector.
This is just the beginning for Pininfarina Automobili and luxury electric cars. They already have plans for future electric cars, SUVs, an upcoming crossover, and possibly even a shooting brake. Michael Perschke, Automobili Pininfarina CEO, stated to Top Gear that a €200k to €300k ($225k to $350k) price point would be ideal for their future vehicles. It seems like the Battista electric hypercar is just here as an entry into the market.
“If Tesla is for the premium sector, we’re for the luxury sector.”