Pininfarina first wrote its name in the annals of the automobile industry by working with such renowned constructors as Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. The Italian bodywork specialist is now going solo and has just unveiled its first independent creation – an electric hypercar with the kind of performance that has to be seen to be believed, and capable of rubbing shoulders with the best that petrol engines have to offer.
Pininfarina has caused quite a stir at the current Geneva Motor Show. The Italian bodywork builder first made a name for itself via various legendary models for Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Peugeot, but has now unveiled its own vehicle – an incredible electric hypercar called the "Battista" in honour of the company’s founder, Battista "Pinin" Farina, reports French website Futura-Sciences.
Four electric engines and 1,900 HP
The Battista has 1,900 HP under the hood with torque of 2,300 Nm and can go from 0–100 km/h in less than two seconds – an incredible performance from an ultra-modern vehicle which will have zero carbon emissions.
The supercar has a carbon fibre monocoque and a 120 kWh lithium-ion battery, giving it a range of around 450 kilometres, along with the same powertrain found on the Rimac C_Two – another electric vehicle unveiled in Geneva, at last year’s Motor Show. The Battista will be powered by four electric engines in total, across the front and rear axles.
Limited production run of just 150
According to Futura-Sciences, the car is also set to have the torque vectoring system from the C_Two, enabling the enormous power of the vehicle to be transferred smoothly to the wheels. Speaking of which, they will be fitted with special P-Zero tyres developed specifically for the Battista’s 21-inch rims by manufacturer Pirelli. The supercar will also have phenomenal braking capacity to go with its impressive speed, via 390 mm carbon-ceramic discs and six-piston callipers.
The Battista’s elegant design meanwhile harks back to the Pininfarina models of yesteryear, with chiselled, fluid lines reminiscent of the Cisitalia 202, the Ferrari Dino Berlinetta Speciale, the Ferrari Modulo and the Sintesi concept-car. The company also announced that the hypercar will have a production run of just 150, all of which can be fully personalised. The price tag was kept under wraps however, but the assumption is that it will be as breath-taking as the car’s performance.
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