Bespoke luxury automobile maker and design house, Pininfarina, announced in 2019 that they would fashion their own electric hypercar. Battista is the name, high-performance is the game, and the numbers are almost incomprehensible.
Range: 280 miles or 450 kilometers. 0 – 62mph (100kmh): Under two seconds. 0 – 186 mph (300kmh) is under 12 seconds. Power rating: 1,900 horsepower, with torque at 1,700 ft-lb (2,300Nm). Driven wheels: all four. Battery rating: 120kWh with electric car specialist Rimac supplying the pack. Top speed: in excess of 217mph (350kmh). Numbers to be built: no more than 150. Price: approximately USD$3.5 million.
Pininfarina’s coachbuilding expertise comes into play for the body. Carbon-fiber and aluminum will form the basis for the monocoque body with the metal being built into the nose and rear crash cell structures. The body panels will come from the same sources, going far to reduce the Battista’s unsprung mass.
Pirelli has come on board as the tire supplier. With the Pininfarina Battista having specially designed and made wheels, the P Zero Corsa rubber was a natural choice. Braking is courtesy of carbon-ceramic discs with 15 inches of diameter front and rear and they’ll be fitted with six pistons each. Extra stopping power will come from the aero-brake rear wings that flip to a vertical position on demand. These sit just ahead of the beautifully styled LED strip rear lights.
To aid in driving comfort, there will be the adjustable height for the suspension, needed for the overall low slung proportions, plus each electric motor has a link to a central computer for precise torque-vectoring. There’s plenty to see yet not excessively obtrusively either, on the outside. The aero department, aside from the moveable rear wing, sees splitters, diffusers, subtle side skirting and a deep bonnet scoop to help keep the Battista tied down to the tarmac.
Air is also carefully directed around the doors into massive rear wheel-arch scoops that feed cooling air to the five radiators for the electric systems. Hidden and almost discreetly invisible is the charge port for the Pininfarina Battista, nestled in the channel that flows from the rear roofline and bisects the two wings. A line from the leading edge of the upwards hinging doors rises in a striking and eyecatching directional design cue that brings attention to those massive air intakes.
The lower section of the rear wheel arch brings to mind the wrap-around on the 2020 specification IndyCar. The actual exterior design brings in elements of Pininfarina’s extensive design history, evoking shapes from their Cisitalia 202, Ferrari Dino Berlinetta Speciale, FerrariModulo, and Sintesi concept cars.
A T-shaped battery cell sits amidships, making for a low center of gravity and a central weight distribution point. It’s covered by a sumptuous interior, with the exposed aluminum parts finished with a brushed and anodized aluminum covering, with some being machined with knurling to ensure fingertip grip. When underway, the driver can tailor both the suspension settings and a soundtrack to give an aurally engrossing sensation to the normally almost silent electric engines.
Seats and padding in the cabin’s door inserts, center console, and knee pads have luxuriously-cut quilted leather. There is also a leather insert at the twelve o’clock position on the steering wheel, and a number of dials in the cockpit are finished in anodized Blu Iconica, Pininfarina’s signature color. The driver is in their own cockpit space, and faces a pair of LCD screens, almost as if in the office space of a fighter jet.
Deliveries on the Pininfarina Battista are due for clients from now.