The Pininfarina Battista is a car that, despite it seemingly having emerged from nowhere, spent a good deal of time in gestation. This reveal at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show has been a long time coming and the result of considerable patience and multiple partnerships formed between the famed coach builder and various third parties.
In 2018, the Italian company unveiled the PFO, an EV hypercar concept that laid the groundwork for the Battista; a car that’s supposedly quite nearly ready for a production debut whereupon it will launch with a powertrain that generates over 1,400kW through its quad electric motors and presumably enough torque to cause a spacetime rift (2,300Nm).
To produce it, Automobili Pininfarina and its new owners - Indian firm Mahindra & Mahindra - gathered top talent from across the automotive industry, snatching a dream that have worked on some of the most high profile cars in recent memory such as the McLaren P1, Porsche Mission E, Pagani Zonda, and Bugatti Chiron, all the while refining their internal knowledge through their participation in the Formula E series.
Visually, the Battista (named after Pininfarina’s founder) ticks all the boxes, looking incredibly graceful and classically Italian while also futuristic as an EV with unseemly amounts of power should be. It looks like a combination of a Ferrari 458 (if it were designed 10 years from now) and a RIMAC C_Two.
The Croatian EV maker also had a hand in the Battista’s development, supplying the Italian outfit with its liquid-cooled 120kWh battery and the crucial expertise needed to marry it with the four electric motors in a way that gives maximum power and granular control depending on how the car interprets the driver’s input.
With such a large battery weighing it down, one of the main challenges while creating the Battista was making sure the rest of the car was not any heavier than it needed to be. As such, it is constructed around a carbon fibre monocoque while the front and rear subframes are a mixture of carbon and aluminium for more precise weight distribution.
With that much thrust under the right pedal, the all-paw Battista is quoted as needing less than 2 seconds to reach 100km/h from rest. Keep it pinned the floor and 300km/h will go past in the space of 12 seconds while its top speed is said to be 350km/h.
Automobili Pininfarina estimates the car being able to run for around 450km in between charges, but naturally, endurance is expected to fall dramatically if you ask the Battista to serve up the full might of its combined power and torque multiple times.
The company expects to only produce 150 examples of the Battista in total, but have not set a firm date as to when the first cars will actually enter production in their Turin facility. However, they quote a rough delivery window within 2020, equally splitting the allocation between customers in North America, Europe and the Middle East, with each car easily costing over 1 million Euros.