Meet the Pininfarina Battista. When it arrives in 2020 in full production form, the pure electric hyper GT will be the single most powerful road-legal car ever designed and built in Italy, boasting ridiculous four figure outputs of 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque.
At 1,900 hp, the Battista is twice as powerful as a Formula One car, enabling it to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in under two seconds (also quicker than an F1 car). The 0-300 km/h sprint can be done in under 12 seconds before achieving a top speed of at least 350 km/h (theoretical top speed is said to be 402 km/h).
Power comes from four electric motors (permanent magnet reduction system) that independently distribute power to each wheel, allowing all the benefits of modern torque vectoring. The motors are also said to be maintenance-free for life.
The cooling system comprises five radiators that also help regulate the temperature of the T-shaped 120 kWh lithium/manganese/nickel battery pack (liquid cooled). The battery, which is supplied by Rimac Automobili, enables a driving range of 450 km on a full charge. DC fast charging is supported, although no details have been released as yet.
Stopping power comes from a set of four huge 390-mm carbon ceramic discs with six-piston monoblock calipers, offering fade-free braking performance that’s also said to give “hugely effective” brake regeneration. These hide within the 21-inch wheels, shod with custom-made Pirelli P Zero tyres.
Interestingly, customers get to set their own bespoke sound settings with no artificial amplification. Pininfarina is developing a signature sound for the Battista, which is partly legislative – some markets ruled that EVs travelling below 50 km/h must have an audible presence – and also to give it a hyper-personality. The components involved in producing the sounds include the e-motors, air flow, HVAC system and carbon-fibre monocoque resonance.
Speaking of which, the Battista is built upon a full carbon-fibre monocoque structure with bonded carbon roof, and it gets a carbon-fibre/aluminium crash structure for the front and rear. This, combined with the battery’s placement and the low centre of gravity, makes the car feel “lithe, agile and exciting,” says the automaker. As a bonus, the doors swing out and upwards in a tilted ‘butterfly’ fashion.
Design-wise, the car is inspired by famous Pininfarina designs such as the Cisitalia 202, Ferrari Dino Berlinetta Speciale, Ferrari Modulo, and Sintesi concept cars, each of which are ‘ahead of its time’. The Battista wears the classic cab forward, long sloping rear end proportions of a supercar, and it comes with active rear aero flaps to aid downforce. Between the rear wings is the charging port which pulsates to indicate charging status.
Inside, the Battista is very evidently driver-centric. There are two freestanding displays positioned to the left and right of the steering wheel. The left display controls dynamics and performance, while the right provides multimedia info and navigation. There’s also a third, small display right behind the steering wheel.
The hexagonal-shaped steering wheel comes with a 12 o’ clock marker, complete with built-in signal indicators that can be quickly accessed via one’s two thumbs. There’s also what appears to be a set of four paddles – two on top as per conventional steering wheels, and two more at the four and eight o’clock positions. A pair of rotary controls are present as well, although their functions aren’t known for now.
The centre dash gets a row of toggle switches for quick access to basic car controls, and below that rests the rotary gear shifter with an integrated display screen in the middle. The drive mode dial is located on the driver’s door, granting a total of five driving modes, including one that reads Furiosa. Sounds more badass than Ludicrous, don’t you think?
Lastly, production of the Battista will only be limited to 150 units, each of which can be customised according to the owners’ tastes. All will be hand-built in Cambiano, Italy. For those wondering, the Battista is the realisation of a long-held family dream, stemming from the founding days of the company. Battista Farina was its founder, and the Pininfarina brand will celebrate its 90th anniversary next year.