Pininfarina Could Offer Electric Sports Car
Now owned by Mahindra, the design and drivetrain possibilities are endlessby Robert Moore, on
It was just last December that we announced the official acquisition of Pininfarina by Tech Mahindra Limited and Mahindra & Mahindra. Only a few months later, Pininfarina showed up at the Geneva Auto Show with the 2016 Pininfarina H2 Speed, and more recently, Mahindra Racing and Pininfarina announced some Formula E concept designs. As you can see, the Mahindra group has been working pretty quickly to take advantage of having Pininfarina under its wing, and now, it looks like Pininfarina is on a mission to develop an all-electric sports car.
As of the time of this writing, details are rather scant, but sources are indicating that something big is in the works. Considering the fact that Mahindra is already well involved in Formula E, and Pininfarina is such an amazing design house, the car is sure to bring the best of both worlds – design and e-power – to the table. Mahindra boss, Pravin Shah, said, “Design plays a critical part in designing vehicles in such a way that they are robust yet pollute the least while giving you the thrill that people want in vehicles.”
So far, we’re looking toward the H2 Speed concept as a potential starting point for this future electric sports car. That car didn’t exactly have all the flare that Pininfarina designs normally have, but we expect the all-electric sports car to be more in line with the brand’s previous designs. For now, little is known, but with news like this coming forward now it would be a crime if more information didn’t come to light in the near future. Who knows, maybe Pininfarina will be able to turn a profit in the next five years now that it is under new ownership.
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Why it matters
Given the fact that the H2 Speed concept is already in existence, it probably wouldn’t take much get the car more production and road ready. Sure the H2 was a hydrogen-powered race car, but surely the brand should be able to take what it already has and make room for a slightly larger passenger cabin and a battery pack to make an all-electric variant. On the flip side of things, now that Pininfarina is now one with Mahindra and Tech Mahindra, we could see some pretty interesting sports car designs in the near future. I’m willing to bet that it won’t take long for us to see the first conceptual representation of this upcoming electric sports car. We could see something that is almost production ready as soon as late 2017 if the brand is willing to put in the wrench time.
Read our full review on the 2016 Pininfarina H2 Speed here.