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Automobili Pininfarina Battista previewed again before Geneva 2019 debut
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Automobili Pininfarina Battista previewed again before Geneva 2019 debut

By Sam Jenkins

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Automobili Pininfarina Battista previewed again before Geneva 2019 debut

The legendary Italian design house Pininfarina has once again previewed its electric hypercar before it’s revealed in full at this year’s Geneva motor show in March. This is Pininfarina’s first ever self-branded model so is taking no chances with its new car, naming it after the company’s founder, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina.

0-100kmph in under 2 seconds!

Dubbed the ‘most powerful Italian performance car ever’, the new hypercar will feature an all-electric powertrain producing 1900bhp and a staggering 2300Nm of torque. As you’d expect from such figures, performance numbers are rather extreme too. The brand claims it will sprint from 0-100kmph in under 2 seconds and to a top speed of over 400kmph.

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Unlike most electric cars, Automobili Pininfarina is experimenting with including two forward gears in its hypercar to give a greater range of speeds. Although you likely won’t extract such range when travelling at top speed, the brand also claims the model will be capable of over 480km of zero emissions driving.

Carbonfibre chassis for Battista

Automobili Pininfarina has confirmed its electric hypercar will be constructed using a carbonfibre tub chassis and body panels made from the same material. A battery pack will sit between and aft of the two seats and will power four electric motors, one for each wheel. Pininfarina has also announced that Rimac, creator of the exceptional Concept 1, will be a technical partner and will supply the batteries and drivetrain for the final car.

In order to allow the design and engineering side of the company to operate freely, Pininfarina has set up an entirely new company to manufacture a whole new range of road cars, which the company plans on making after the initial Battista. With customer cars arriving from late 2020, 150 Battistas will be available with just 50 cars allocated to Europe, each costing from between Euro 2 – 2.5 million.