Witnessed by current chairman and grandson, Paolo.
Design house-turned-carmaker Pininfarina are taking significant steps forwards towards realising their dream of a super-fast zero-emissions hypercar, with the three major stakeholders in the Automobili Pininfarina project in agreement about what to call it.
And with a handshake, it’s been christened ‘Battista,’ after the founder of Carrozzeria Pininfarina, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina.
*(L-R) Paolo Pininfarina & Michael Perschke flank a portrait of Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina
The announcement was made by Paolo Pininfarina, the chairman of the company, alongside CEO Michael Perschke, and the group chairman Anand Mahindra, of parent company Mahindra & Mahindra.
“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 elegant styling. For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes a reality today, as we link our glorious past to the future of motoring.” — Paolo Battista, Chairman, Pininfarina SpA
The Battista aims to be the world’s first fully-electric luxury hypercar, which we find quite a claim given that they are not only fully-aware of the existence of Rimac, but they’re even using the Croatian firm to supply powertrain thingamajigs too. Selective memory aside, the Pininfarina Battista aims to offer no less than 1416kW and 2300Nm, capable of rocketing the car from rest to 100km/h in less than 2-seconds, with a top-speed rated at over 400km/h. And this will all come from a car that should also comfortably offer a range near 500km on a single charge, at that.
150 Pininfarina Battistas have been planned for production, with 50 cars allotted to the USA, Europe, Middle East & Asia respectively. Each Battista is expected to carry a price tag hanging between US$2-million and US$2.5-million (AU$2.77-million to AU$3.47-million thereabouts), though that number has yet to be formally screwed down.