Four-motor, 1,900-hp screamer will go 250 mph, offer 300-mile range, 0-60 under 2 seconds
Automobili Pininfarina revealed two new shots of the rear end of its upcoming electric hypercar ahead of the beast’s Geneva debut in a couple weeks. In addition to company executives Michael Perschke and Paolo Pininfarina, you can get a slightly clearer view of the car’s rear wing elements and undertray valance panels. These items will help keep the car on the ground as it hits its claimed 250 mph top speed.
As for the rest of the car, one of our editors, Graham Kozak, has seen the entire thing, or at least a mockup of it that was said to be “within 10 to 15 percent” of what the finished product will look like.
“In profile, the PF0 is vaguely similar to a Ferrari 488, but it’s nearly free of all of the scoops, splitters, vents, winglets and buttresses that have made their way onto the most recent crop of Prancing Horses (and supercars and hypercars in general),” Kozak said. “Simplicity of form prevails here — as design director Luca Borgogno explained, the idea was to define the car with just one or two character lines, rather than added-on parts and excessively sculpted surfaces.”
Kozak said the rear end featured active aerodynamics, though it’s hard to see where the parts in these photos would move. But active aero would certainly be necessary at the speeds the car can go.
As you know, the Battista comes from the famous design and small-volume manufacturing firm Pininfarina SpA in Italy and the newly formed, supposedly independent automaker Automobili Pininfarina in Munich. Both are 100 percent owned by Indian car- and truckmaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Automobilia Pininfarina is planning to produce a line of ultra-high-performance, clean transportation. The company was launched earlier this year to “bring to market unique, beautiful and technically advanced sustainable luxury electric cars.”
If the design sketches and these two rear-end shots we’ve seen so far are any indication, the first car is going to be a doozy. From the earlier shadowy drawings and from these new shots, it looks like it’ll resemble nothing less than a modern take on the Ferrari P4, one of the most beautiful cars ever made, and one which was also designed by Pininfarina, albeit over 50 years ago.
Here again are the car’s performance claims: 0-60 in under two seconds, 0-186 mph in under 12 seconds, top speed of over 250 mph and a range of over 300 miles.
To assuage your fears that this is just another vaporware hypercar, remember that Automobili Pininfarina recently announced a “multimillion-euro commercial partnership” with Croatian electric supercar maker Rimic Automobili to supply it with EV powertrain and battery technology. Coincidentally, Rimac makes a car called the C_Two that has almost the same performance specs as the coming Battista: 0-60 in 1.85 seconds, 1914 hp, 258 mph top speed and just under 1,700 lb-ft of torque. The C_Two is an all carbon-fiber monocoque with active aerodynamics. It is powered by a pack of lithium-manganese-nickel batteries powering four electric motors – one for each wheel. Torque is distributed via R_AWTV, or Rimac all-wheel torque vectoring, a system Rimac says “replaces traditional ESP and TCS and enables infinitely variable dynamic responses by finessing the amount of torque to each wheel.”
So will the Battista be just a Rimac C_Two with a svelte new Pininfarina body? Maybe. We don’t know yet. We will find out in March at the Geneva motor show. That’s where the Battista will officially debut. Start saving now to meet the $2 million to $2.5 million purchase price. And be patient, as deliveries aren’t scheduled to begin before late-2020.
Writer: Mark Vaughn
Published: February 8, 2019