1900bhp Pininfarina Battista EV to make UK appearance

The Pininfarina Battista electric-powered hypercar, which its makers claim is the most powerful road-legal car ever produced in Italy, will make its first appearance in the UK in a display at the Goodwood Members Meeting on 1 April.

The 1900bhp machine, launched at the recent Geneva show, will be displayed in a special pavilion in the Goodwood paddock for the event at the Sussex race circuit. Pininfarina development driver and ex-F1 racer Nick Heidfeld, who holds the record for the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb, will also appear.

The Battista will have a separate motor for each wheel that, collectively, deliver up to 1900bhp and 1696lb ft. Pininfarina says that will be good enough for a sub-2sec 0-62mph time, 0-186mph in under 12sec and a top speed of around 217mph. 

The powertrain is mostly shared with the Rimac C_Two, but Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke was keen to emphasise the technical differences between the two. 

From design house to manufacturer

Pininfarina’s new car brand comes after Paolo Pininfarina said at the 2018 Geneva motor show that he hoped the dream of his grandfather, company founder Battista Farina, to build cars would “come true in the not-distant future”.

“Establishing Automobili Pininfarina as a leading sustainable luxury brand is our strategic vision and will be a dream come true,” Perschke said. “It will combine 88 years of iconic design heritage with leading-edge electric vehicle competence of the Mahindra group and Mahindra Formula E racing. It’s a powerful combination.”

Perschke has more than 25 years of industry experience, and is joined at the helm by chief operating officer Per Svantesson, who has previously worked at Volvo.

Speaking to Autocar, he said the company was embracing the challenge of creating Pininfarina’s first production car: “We’re aiming to do something new and modern, without losing the DNA of the company of doing timeless designs. Look at the Cisitalia: it’s 71 years old.

“We want to make sure that years from now, people will look at the car and say: ‘Wow, it’s beautiful.’ That this the kind of design that will hold its timelessness in 30-50 years.”

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