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Pininfarina Battista Unveiled As A 1,900-Horsepower EV At The Monterey Car Week

The all-electric Pininfarina Battista is priced at $2.2 million a pop and will be limited to just 150 examples

Ahead of its appearance at the Monterey Car Week, the very first production-ready version of the much-awaited Pininfarina Battista made a spectacular debut on the roads of California. The model that is all set to be displayed during the Monterey event can be finally seen in all its glory on the road.

Overview

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Another highlight is the Battista’s ability to generate a distinctive soundscape that invokes an emotional reaction from occupants and pedestrians alike.

This all-electric GT supercar from Italy is named after Battista "Pinin" Farina, who founded the Carrozzeria Pininfarina Coachbuilding Company back in 1930. It is a supercar that finally fulfills Battista’s dream of seeing a car that bears the Pininfarina name. After being first showcased a couple of years ago, Pininfarina has now finally realized the Battista, and the very first customer deliveries are expected later this year.

The Battista’s maiden road outing is part of a larger schedule of events, that revolves around Monterey Car Week, and it marks the start of a new era in the Italian design house’s history. The all-electric GT supercar will be displayed alongside a specially assembled collection of classic Pininfarina cars from the firm’s 91-year legacy at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Pininfarina Battista

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Designed by Luca Borgogno, the Battista was first showcased to the public at the Geneva Motorshow in 2019 and it promised some truly astounding figures, especially for an electric car. Although Automobili Pininfarina GmbH is today based in Munich, Germany, the car stays true to the famed design house’s Italian roots and is handcrafted at Automobili Pininfarina’s Cambiano manufacturing facility.

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After waiting for nearly two years, the highly anticipated Pininfarina Battista hits the road in California before the Monterey Car Week.

On the car we see here, the exposed carbon body and precision-polished forged Impulso aluminum alloy wheels look spectacular. They work rather well against the tastefully tailored cabin that includes optional Pilota seats finished in sustainable black leather along with quilted Iconica Blu Alcantara upholstery with contrasting stitching. To top it off, the Interior Jewellery package adds brushed black anodized aluminum.

The Battista’s aerodynamic upgrades and specific embellishments give it a distinctively dynamic personality that epitomizes the pinnacle of Pininfarina design.

What’s In A Sound?

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The Pininfarina Battista will be displayed alongside other greats from the Italian Design house at the Monterey Car Week. Swipe up to read more.

The arrival of the Battista in the United States will allow the opportunity to hear the car for the first time, which follows the distinctive "Pure Sound" philosophy. It is another important piece of the puzzle on this new EV Super GT not to be missed out on as it employs organic frequencies.

Despite the Battista being an EV, the engineers decided to embrace the creative philosophy of the great composer Giuseppe Verdi during development. According to him, any multiple of 432 Hz, represents a pure sound and so Pininfarina went with a core frequency of 54 Hz for the Battista’s sound. The sound is tailored to elicit an emotional reaction from both the occupants of the vehicle and bystanders. Customers will get to hear this unique soundscape generated by the Battista for the first time.

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Automobili Pininfarina’s Chief Product and Engineering Officer, Paolo Dellachà, stated,

"The Battista will offer an exciting overall experience on the track and on the road - in the city as well as on the open road. Seeing the first production-ready example of our all-electric GT supercar on the highways of California signals the beginning of an exciting new chapter in its development. This is a significant milestone and an extremely rewarding moment at a time when we look forward to the first deliveries to customers later this year."

Performance

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The Battista made headlines when it first broke cover back in 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show for its 1900 hp. The car you see here has an all-carbon body with aero elements.
The car is driven by four individual electric motors at each wheel. As a result, the Battista has a combined output of 1900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque.

These figures make the Battista, the most formidable & powerful road car ever come out of Italy. There are five drive modes to choose from which alter the drive characteristics of the powertrain. This being a GT car, the adjustable suspension has been mainly tuned for comfort.

Despite its unequaled exuberance and a dash from 0 to 60 mph in two seconds and a top speed of 217 mph, the range of the Battista isn’t too bad. Pininfarina claims 280 miles on a single charge. The 120 kWh battery pack comes courtesy of Rimac Automobili.

Conclusion

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With a battery pack sourced from Rimac, Pininfarina promises a range of 280 miles on the Battista from a single charge.

The launch of the production-ready Battista finally gives potential customers in the United States, a chance to sample the car’s 1,900 horsepower and make a first impression of its distinctive, characteristic exposed black carbon body. Pininfarina has already confirmed that this isn’t the only configuration of the Battista.

There will indeed be an even more exclusive variant of the car dubbed the Anniversario in the future. Along with the Battista GT supercar, all future models from Pininfarina will be designed, engineered, and handcrafted in Italy. They will be sold and serviced in all major global markets under the Pininfarina brand name.

Pininfarina Battista Specifications
Powertrain Quad-motor setup
Horsepower 1900 horses
Torque 1696 pound-feet
0-60 mph Two seconds
Top speed 217 mph
Battery  120 kWh
Range  280 miles
Price $2.2 million
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MONTEREY, 12 AUGUST 2021

The world’s first pure-electric hyper GT, the Automobili Pininfarina Battista, has made its dynamic debut in production form on the roads of California. As part of a packed programme of events around Monterey Car Week, the Battista’s first road outing marks the beginning of a new chapter in the story of Automobili Pininfarina.

The debut of the production-spec Battista will give US clients a first chance to experience its 1,900 hp performance and to take in its striking Black Exposed Signature Carbon bodywork – exquisitely crafted at Automobili Pininfarina’s manufacturing facility in Cambiano, Italy, and created under the recently announced bespoke personalisation programme.

The exposed bodywork and precision polished Impulso forged aluminium alloy wheels are complemented by an exquisitely tailored interior featuring optional Pilota seats finished in sustainable black leather and quilted Iconica Blu Alcantara upholstery, with Iconica Blu contrast stitching, complemented by the Interior Jewellery Pack finished in brushed aluminium anodised in black.

Paolo Dellachà, Chief Product and Engineering Officer, Automobili Pininfarina, said: “The Battista will provide a thrilling all-round experience on road and track – in the city and on the open road. To see the first production-intent example of our pure-electric hyper GT on the highways of California signals the beginning of an exciting new chapter in its development. This is a significant landmark and hugely rewarding moment as we count down towards making the first client deliveries later this year.”

Monterey Car Week will also see the US premiere of the exclusive Battista Anniversario. Limited to just five vehicles worldwide, it represents the pinnacle of Pininfarina design with aerodynamic enhancements and tailored detailing providing a uniquely dynamic personality.

Both vehicles’ presence at Monterey Car Week signals the first opportunity for clients to experience the 1,900 hp Battista, both on the roads and on the lawn of The Quail. At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance the pure-electric hyper GT will be displayed alongside an exclusively curated selection of classic Pininfarina designs from the company’s 91-year history.

FIRST PREVIEW OF THE SOUND OF BATTISTA

The arrival of the first production-specification vehicle also gives clients a chance to hear Battista for the first time, showcasing the unique soundscape that is currently in development for the world’s first pure-electric hyper GT. The individual sound is being tuned to create an emotional reaction for occupants and onlookers, ensuring Battista will deliver an intoxicating experience for all the senses.

Following Automobili Pininfarina’s ‘Pure Sound’ philosophy, the soundscape has a core frequency of 54 Hz, an organic frequency that is a multiple of 432 Hz – known as ’Verdi’s A,’ conceived by famous Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. The distinctive aural signature is tailored for the most powerful road-legal Italian sports car ever produced.

René Wollmann, Product Platform Director Sports Cars, Automobili Pininfarina, said: “Every driver has an emotional bond with a car and the sound of Battista will nurture this connection, not by replicating a familiar car sound, but with one that radiates the beauty of Battista’s design both inside and out. This way, the Battista will not only impress with its aesthetic appeal and performance, but also on a new emotional level enhanced through the sound. We look forward to the input we will receive from clients in the US as we fine-tune Battista’s sonic experience.”

According to music theory, 432 Hz is mathematically consistent with the universe. Music tuned to 432 Hz is said to be a pure sound - complementing the Battista’s pure design – while providing greater clarity, and is easier on the ears. As a multiple of 432 Hz, Automobili Pininfarina’s engineers have chosen 54 Hz as the core frequency for Battista, delivering a distinctive and recognisable aural signature that will generate the kind of emotional reaction clients expect from a 1,900 hp hyper GT.

From this starting point, the frequency will rise in multiples of 54Hz with new sound layers added as the speed of the vehicle increases. The seamlessly responsive acoustics will reflect the pure-electric performance of Battista combining rich bass tones to create a signature sound.

The Automobili Pininfarina Battista is named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company, which he established in 1930. The hyper GT is the realisation of Battista’s dream to see a car produced wearing the Pininfarina name with the first vehicles due to be delivered to customers later this year.

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