It’s still yet to reach the road, but Pininfarina Automobili has revealed a special edition Battista anyway
Pininfarina Automobili has released details of a special edition version of its Battista electric hypercar called the Anniversario. It’s due to make up a total of five of the expected 150 unit build run and differs from standard versions by a selection of subtle aesthetic changes, the underlying technical base remains unchanged.
Available in three colours, it also includes the ‘Furiosa’ package, which updates the standard body with a more ornate carbonfibre splitter, new skirts and a redesigned rear diffuser. The interior has also been given an upgrade, with sleek black interior finished in leather and Alcantara. Starting at $4.41 million, the price has increased from its initial $3.2 – $4.1 million estimate, but seems less substantial when taken in context.
This limited edition also comes before the standard Battista model has even reached showrooms, with the pre-production models undergoing final calibration testing. Final production models are expected to reach customers by the end of 2020.
Behind the Battista’s development are some big names, with former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld putting the model through its paces as a development driver, and Mercedes-AMG alumni Rene Wollmann handling the schedule. It appears they’ve delivered, too, as Wollmann said: ‘The mule vehicles running the chassis and powertrain concepts for Battista have already achieved 80 per cent of their performance capability without issue.’
Underneath the svelte, and typically Italian carbonfibre bodywork is not a highly strung V12, but a combination of four electric motors and a 120kWh battery pack that Automobili Pininfarina says will propel the Battista to 100kmh in ‘less than two seconds’. Big claims from the new Italian manufacturer, but then it has some pretty big numbers to back it up.
To start with, the Battista is based on a carbonfibre chassis commissioned from Croatian electric hypercar manufacturer Rimac. The electric motors, capacitors and batteries are also sourced from there, but although the tech is shared, Pininfarina has done lots of work to ensure that its vision of the Battista remained pure. As a result, Pininfarina did significant work on the Battista’s overall proportions, moving the windscreen forward by 180mm, giving it a more traditional Italian mid-engined supercar silhouette.
Two electric motors are mounted to each axle, each powering a specific wheel and giving the Battista full torque vectoring capability without the need for heavy and complex differentials. As mentioned above, total power is rated at 1396kW, with a staggering 2300Nm of torque available at a standstill, enabling the Battista to hit 100kmh in ‘under two seconds’ and 300kmh in under 12 seconds. Pininfarina quotes an estimated top speed of 350kmh.
The battery pack itself is not of the increasingly popular skateboard variety, rather it’s a T-shaped unit that sits behind the driver compartment and runs between the two seats. The main benefit is being able to maintain an ultra-low driving position, as well as keeping more of the mass towards the centre of the car. The 120kWh battery pack should enable a potential range of up to 280 miles from a single charge.