A top of the range electric zero-emissions hypercar with a £2.4million price tag and a top speed of 217mph was unveiled today – as arguably the most expensive battery-powered car on the planet.
Just five highly-specced examples of the new Pininfarina Battista Anniversario cars will be built as part of a total run of 150 Battista models as the legendary Italian styling house branches out into building its own cars bearing its name.
For the same £2.4million price, motorists could buy 91 all-electric Sunderland-built Nissan LEAFs in Acenta trim which are priced from £26,345 each.
The world’s first ‘guilt-free’ environmentally-friendly hypercar for the super-rich: This is the five-only Pininfarina Battista Anniversario costing £2.4million
The Battista Anniversario sprints faster than a current Formula 1 car, accelerating from rest to 62mph in under two seconds and up to 186mph in under 12 seconds, yet still promises a zero-emissions range of more 310 miles (500 km).
It is being touted as the world’s first ‘guilt-free’ environmentally-friendly hypercar for the super-rich.
The ‘green’ supercar’s 120 kWh battery pack, mounted within a strong T-shaped carbon frame low down in the chassis, develops a mighty 1,900 horse-power which is distributed to four electric motors driving each of the wheels.
‘This delivers a level of performance that is unachievable today in any road-legal sports car with an internal combustion engine’ says Pinifarina.
There are five different drive modes: Calma, Pura, Energica, Furiosa, and Carattere (personalised).
The car was set to be one of the stars of this week’s Geneva Motor Show before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic.
Pininfarna said the Battista Anniversario is ‘the ultimate design expression of the most powerful road-legal Italian car ever made’.
Just five Battista Anniversario cars are to be built, priced from €2.6 million.
he Battista Anniversario sprints faster than a current Formula 1 car, accelerating from rest to 62mph in under two seconds and up to 186mph in under 12 seconds
Yet despite all the performance it still promises a zero-emissions range of more 310 miles (500 km)
The firm stressed: ‘No more than 150 Battista hypercars, including the five Anniversario cars, are to be hand-crafted in Italy and expected to enter into production by the end of 2020
The five exclusive Battista Anniversario cars feature unique Pininfarina heritage-inspired designs with aerodynamic enhancements, and new forged aluminium wheels with performance-oriented tyres.
They will spearhead the total of 150 of the Pininfarina Battistas being built, with 50 for Europe, 50 for North America and 50 for the Middle East and Asia.
The firm said: ‘Automobili Pininfarina has unveiled the ultimate expression of the world’s first luxury pure-electric hyper GT, the Battista Anniversario.’
‘It celebrates 90 years since Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina created the legendary Pininfarina coachbuilder and design house, and is the most powerful sports car ever to be designed and built in Italy.’
The Battista Anniversario cars will be hand-crafted in Cambiano, Turin, where Pininfarina has established its design centre and headquarters.
The firm said: ‘Just five will be created, each priced from €2.6 million, making the Battista Anniversario one of the world’s most exclusive automobiles.’
The five Anniversario cars promise ‘an added level of dynamic ability and a bespoke heritage-inspired anniversary livery’.
Each is finished in a combination of three signature colours: Bianco Sestriere, Grigio Antonelliano, and Automobili Pininfarina’s signature Iconica Blu.
The car was set to be one of the stars of this week’s Geneva Motor Show before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus epidemic
The five exclusive Battista Anniversario cars feature unique Pininfarina heritage-inspired designs with aerodynamic enhancements, and new forged aluminium wheels with performance-oriented tyres
The firm said: ‘Skilled artisans in Cambiano take several weeks to paint each car, building up the finish layer-by-layer and colour-by-colour – all by hand.
‘The body is disassembled and reassembled three times so pinstripes in the three separate colours can be hand-painted directly onto the body. ‘
The Battista Anniversario cars are also equipped with a ‘Furiosa’ package comprising a revised carbon fibre front splitter, side blades and rear diffuser.
Finished in a two-tone pattern they create increased downforce and greater stability at higher cornering speeds and a more dynamic balance to the car, which also has a bespoke rear wing, aero fins and other details.
Dynamic handling is further sharpened by a reduction in unsprung weight of almost 10 kg, thanks to a new wheel design which features centre-lock forged 21-inch aluminium wheels. (up from 20 inch).
Other bespoke details include unique seats finished in sustainably crafted black leather and black Alcantara.
Each car will have an engraved ‘Anniversario’ chassis plate.
For the world’s super-rich, at a time when petrol and diesel cars are blamed for pollution and poor air quality, the firm says it offers the combination of 200mph-plus speeds with ‘sustainability, and luxury without guilt’.
Other bespoke details include unique seats finished in sustainably crafted black leather and black Alcantara
The cars feature lift and tilt butterfly wing style doors, similar to the Mclaren 720S. They are set to be just the first in a range of cars bearing the standalone Pininfarina name – linked to one of the world’s most famous family automotive styling houses.
Pinifarina Battista Anniversario at a glance
Car type: Luxury electric performance hypercar GT
Price: From £2.4million (Euro 2.6million)
On sale: 2020
Total run: 5 out of total Battista run of 150
Top speed: 217mph (350kmh/hr)
0-62mph (100km/hr): under 2 seconds
0-186mph (300kmhr): 12 seconds
Drive: Pure electric all-wheel drive
Drive modes: 5 different modes: Calma, Pura, Energica, Furiosa, Carattere.
Pulling power: 1,900 horsepower
Range: more than 310 miles
Charging time: 80% of the battery in 40 minutes or less
The car is named after the late Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who in 1930 founded the Italian automobile design house Pininfarina, which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary.
His son Sergio, who died in 2012 aged 85, went on to design some of the most beautiful cars, sports cars supercars of the 20th and 21st century including many Ferraris such as the Testarossa (1984), Enzo (2002), and the Dino series (1968–76) that launched Ferrari into the mass market.
The firm is now chaired by Battista’s grandson Paolo, who said that after decades of designing other people’s cars it was a ‘dream come true’ to launch such a car bearing the Pininfarina name as a tribute.
The cars are built around a single-cell carbon-fibre monocoque with battery packs between the front seats and behind the rear bulkhead. There are four motors, one per wheel.
Massive, carbon-ceramic six-piston brakes promise fade-free deceleration and hugely effective brake regeneration to the battery. The active rear wing also acts as an air brake to aid in the stopping process.
Although electric power means a silent soundtrack from the outside, owners inside will be able to tailor the sound settings boomed into their ears.
Automobili Pininfarina chief executive Michael Perschke said: ‘For 90 years, the Pininfarina name has been at the forefront of automotive design and performance, and the Battista perfectly encapsulates these values.
‘This ultimate expression of Battista, the Anniversario, is the distillation of everything that the brand has stood for in the past and which we now strive for in the future, creating a new pinnacle of desirability for electric cars.’
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