All Hail The Pininfarina Battista!
The hypercar we all know as the PF0 gets named after the man who started Pininfarinaby Kirby, on
The Pininfarina PF0 is no more. Long live the Pininfarina Battista! That’s the official name Pininfarina’s first-ever production car is taking, and it’s named after the man who started Carrozzeria Pininfarina in the first place, Battista Farina. The Italian automaker announced the car’s official name to go with the promise that the Battista will be the “fastest and most powerful car” ever to come out of Italy. Pininfarina plans to build 150 units of the Battista, allocated evenly — 50 units per region — among the U.S., Europe, and Asian markets. The hypercar is scheduled to make its debut at 2019 Geneva Motor Show before production starts sometime in 2020.
The Pininfarina PF0 Battista
I’m a big fan of Pininfarina naming its first-ever production car after Battista Farina. It’s only fitting considering that he did create Carrozzeria Pininfarina 90 years ago. The company owes its history to this man.
Under his leadership, Pininfarina earned a reputation as one of the greatest car design firms and coachbuilders the industry has ever seen.
Even though Pininfarina is under new ownership — Mahindra acquired it in 2015 for a princely sum of €168 million — it’s important for its first-ever production car to pay homage to man who started the company in the first place.
We still don’t know a great deal about the Pininfarina Battista, but from what has been divulged, it’s the kind of car that has the potential to shake up the electric hypercar segment in ways that would make Battista Pininfarina proud. We already know that the company has a partnership with Rimac to develop the powertrain that the Battista is going to use. Details are scarce here, but numbers like 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque are being thrown around. You don’t need to be a genius to realize that those numbers are beyond what you could expect for a car like the Battista. 1,900 horsepower? For Christ’s sake, that’s 400 more horses than anything Koenigsegg and Bugatti have ever created! Oh, it doesn’t end there, either. Apparently, all that power translates to an acceleration time of less than two seconds for the Battista to get from 0 to 62 mph. Top speed has been pegged at at least 250 mph while the battery pack it’s developing with the help of Rimac is said to allow a range of over 300 miles.
The alleged power and performance numbers aren’t the only things we’ve seen and heard about the Battista.
We’ve also seen teaser images of the machine itself, specifically its low-slung nose and the strip of light that runs across the car’s entire nose.
We’ve also seen the rear section, particularly the rear deck that splits into two sections to create a design that we’ve never seen before on a vehicle. The interior features a split-level dashboard, or at least that’s what teasers of that section of the car have shown us. There’s also a touch screen on either side of the steering wheel displaying the car’s instrument data, as well as navigation and media information.
Sometime over the next few months, we’re going to learn a bit more about the Pininfarina Battista. That should be the case ahead of its highly anticipated debut in Geneva on March 2019. For now, we have these teasers and Pininfarina’s announcement of the car’s name to keep us from going crazy.
Speaking of going crazy, it’s hard enough to forget a name as distinctive as Battista; it’s also impossible to ignore the fact that, perhaps in excitement, Pininfarina claims that the Battista will be the “fastest and most powerful car to ever come out of Italy.”
Considering that Italy is also the home of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and a number of other automakers, it takes a specific type of confidence to come out with that statement knowing well enough that the history of the Italian automotive history chock-full of fast and powerful cars.
Maybe it is a bit of an overambitious reach on Pininfarina’s part. Then again, maybe it isn’t. If the Pininfarina Battista — it’s a sick name, right? — does have 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, all sorts of bets are off the table.
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