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Pininfarina Battista Hits The Roads In California

Pininfarina Battista Hits The Roads In California

A nice ride before it arrived at the Monterey Car Week

Pininfarina revealed the first production-ready Battista at the 2021 Monterey Car Week, but it seems the company couldn’t wait to let it soak in some of the sun’s vitamin-filled rays. The Battista was put through the paces – legally – on California roads. And it somehow made it look like those winding mountain roads were built for the Battista and not the other way around.

The car presented in Monterey is finished in a distinctive black exposed signature carbon fiber that is visually enhanced by the black gloss precision polished Impulso wheels. On the inside, you’ll see black sustainable luxury leather with Iconica Blue contrast stitching and quilted Pilota seats wrapped in blue Alcantara. Under the body lies a 120 kWh battery and four electric motors. Those motors are said to be good for 1,900 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque – enough for a 62-mph sprint in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 260 mph. It’s not for everyone, though, as Pininfarina is only building 150 examples and each one comes at a minimum cost of $2.5 million.

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Pininfarina Is Interested in Speed and Comfort, Not Beating Bugatti's Lap Times

Pininfarina Is Interested in Speed and Comfort, Not Beating Bugatti’s Lap Times

The Pininfarina Battista will be incredibly fast, but also as comfortable as a grand tourer

Electric cars are no longer just about commuting without burning oil and emitting CO2. Technology has advanced so much in recent years that electric cars can now be as quick or even quicker that gasoline-powered supercars. We already have the Lotus Evija and NIO EP9 to look at for proper examples, but more high-tech and high-powered EVs are in the making.

One of them comes from Pininfarina. It’s called the Battista, we’ve seen it in prototype form in 2019, and the Italian firm is currently testing it at the Nardo track. The loop is mostly famous for top speed testing, particularly by Bugatti, but Pininfarina says they’re not looking to set new records.

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2021 Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

2021 Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

Remember 2019’s Pininfarina Battista? This is its more athletic alter ego

Pininfarina never misses an opportunity to showcase something special at the Geneva Motor Show. It helps that its stand is located right as you come up the stairs from the main hallway, so you can’t really miss its stunning concepts.

Although it was forced to reveal the Battista Anniversario on the world wide web this year, Pininfarina didn’t forget how to make a splash, albeit on our screens and not in the metal.

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2019 Pininfarina H2 Speed

2019 Pininfarina H2 Speed

A hydrogen-powered race car from Italy’s legendary design house

Pininfarina has been around for quite a while now, first spreading roots in Torino way back in 1930. Best known for its design work for major automakers like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, and Maserati, among others, Pininfarina is more old-school cool than it is next-gen tech. However, that association looks like it’s getting a shakeup with the release of the H2 Speed, a production-ready hydrogen-powered race car destined to blitz race tracks around the world, leaving nothing but water vapor from the exhaust tips.

Continue reading to learn more about the Pininfarina H2 Speed.

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Pininfarina to Produce and Sell 10 Examples of the H2 Speed Concept

Pininfarina to Produce and Sell 10 Examples of the H2 Speed Concept

Powered by hydrogen, made for “gentleman drivers”

Between Hellcat-munching Teslas and 1,000-horsepower monsters raging up Pikes Peak, it seems as though all-electric power is truly coming into its own. But this is 2016, folks, and technology moves quickly, so what’s the next big thing when it comes to four-wheeled performance? A lot of people are putting their money on hydrogen, including Pininfarina. You see, the famous Italian car designer says its making 10 examples of its

hydrogen

powered H2 race car, and we could see a working prototype as early as next year.

That’s the word from Automotive News, which had a chat with Pininfarina’s CEO, Silvio Pietro Angori, at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

In case you were unaware, Pininfarina introduced the H2 as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The car is absolutely ridiculous in pretty much every single way – not only does it look like a spaceship, but it also uses a hydrogen-fueled powertrain from GreenGT that pumps out 503 horsepower at the rear wheels by way of two high-performance electric motors (plus a little electrochemical magic). With that kind of output, the car can supposedly hit the 60 mph mark is just 3.4 seconds, raging on to a top speed of 184 mph.

Each of the ten examples slated for production will cost $2.5 million.

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2008 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Convertible Hyperion by Pininfarina

2008 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Convertible Hyperion by Pininfarina

Way back in 2008, Pininfarina – a custom coach builder – took a look at the $400K Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Convertible and simply thought it just wasn’t good enough. So Pininfarina took this nearly half-million-dollar machine and created a one-off custom vehicle out of it. The maker then dubbed it the Hyperion, which was taken from an Ancient Greek Titan.

Much like its closest competitor, Bentley, Rolls-Royce has always been one of those car companies that you either loved or hated, mostly due to their gaudy exteriors and even more outlandish pricing. For those that love them, but just need a little something extra, there is no shortage of custom car builders that will customize them to your liking.

Despite the number of custom car builders modifying these ultra-luxury cars, none can touch the uniqueness and flashiness of the Hyperion. Pininfarina took special care to closely integrate a vintage look – taking styling cues from the 1930s and 1940s – with modern technology and feel.

This monster of a luxury car originally debuted at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It then made an appearance at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show before going off to its rightful owner, Roland Hall.

Let’s take a look at how the 2008 Pininferina Hyperion stacks up.

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