The design forge Pininfarina has started series production of the Battista. The all-electric hypercar has over 1900 hp and is strictly limited. It is made by hand – customers can be there.
With the Battista, the Italian design company Pininfarina focuses on perfectionism. According to the manufacturer, the luxury sports car called Hyper-GT Battista has over 1900 hp and a torque of 2340 Newton meters. The four electric motors accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in “less than two seconds”, the top speed is 350 km/h. The hypercar is said to be the “most powerful Italian sports car in history”, as the company announced on Wednesday.
The T-shaped battery has a capacity of 120 kWh and should enable a range of 500 kilometers. With a charging capacity of 250 kilowatts, the energy store should be filled from 20 to 80 percent in just 25 minutes thanks to the 800 volt charging technology. The Battista platform comes from Croatian carmaker Rimac, which also this week announced production of the Nevera, an e-hypercar, after a five-year development phase. The characteristics of the two vehicles are therefore very similar. Visually, the Battista has a more curved shape than its Croatian relative.
Pininfarina Battista requires up to 1340 hours of manual work
The automaker speaks of a “next chapter in the story of the new Italian luxury carmaker Automobili Pininfarina”. Per Svantesson, CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, says: “The Hyper-GT Battista is the realization of a dream that began with design legend Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina’s desire to create a beautiful car that would bear the Pininfarina name exclusively.”
And so a dream should also come true for Battista customers. The Battista is therefore manufactured with the “very personal wishes of the customers together with the designers from Automobili Pininfarina”. In total, there are up to 13.9 trillion combinations for the exterior and 128 million possible configurations for colors and materials in the interior.
The hypercar is created by hand and goes through a complex production process. Its assembly takes ten weeks, the hand-painted finish of the special edition, Battista Anniversario, takes 18 weeks. After all, the normal painting cycle lasts three to four weeks. Each vehicle is finally assembled by ten artisans in at least 1250 hours. Due to the tailor-made design features and the special finish of the exclusive Battista Anniversario, the time required increases to up to 1340 hours. To this end, Pininfarina set up a team of almost 120 experts from 20 nations worldwide in 2018.
The developers offer their customers the opportunity to visit the “Battista Atelier” in Cambiano, Italy, and get to know the team on site. You can see how your own electric car is built. In addition, you can personalize the vehicle together with the design team. In the end, the Battista should be “tailor-made”. The vehicle with the sporty and the carbon fiber monocoque is also strictly limited – to a maximum of 150 units. The first series Battista has already been produced and completed its first test drive with customers in Monaco. It will be presented in the USA in August.
Paolo Dellachà, Chief Product and Engineering Officer at Automobili Pininfarina, emphasizes: “In everything we do, quality comes first.” The effort has already paid off to some extent for the developers; the Battista has already been crowned with a design award. And Pininfarina pays well for that. The hypercar costs almost two million euros and is therefore only for people with a large purse. At the end of the summer, the Battista should roll to its new owners.
Expert comes to any place in the world if needed
For special technical customer questions, Pininfarina wants to send an expert to any place in the world to support the customer, wherever he or she is. The carmaker also promises the “Eccellenza, Futura and Eterna” aftersales package. This includes an exclusive five- or ten-year maintenance program, a ten-year warranty on the battery and powertrain, and a kit of ready-to-install body parts that can be ordered when configuring the vehicle. In addition to the standard edition, five anniversary units will be produced with the Battista Anniversario with a “unique vehicle specification”. These are already sold.
In fact, the development of hypercars is picking up speed lately. With the AMG One, Mercedes presented a 1000 hp car with a combustion engine and four electric motors at the beginning of June. The British sports car manufacturer Arash also announced a hypercar with the Imperium S: Four electric motors are said to deliver an engine output of 3264 hp. The Japanese-made Aspark Owl has 2012 hp and is even already in production – albeit in small series.
Quellen: Pininfarina, Rimac, ntv, Pressinform