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Automobili Pininfarina’s 1,900hp Battista hypercar arrives in London today, 8th April – and it’s pure electric.
The stunning Pininfarina Battista makes its London debut on the day that the city launches its latest battle against pollution through its Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). But the most powerful car to be designed and built in Italy when it goes into production next year will offer future free and unrestricted access to central London.
With first deliveries due in late-2020, just a few months before the ULEZ extends to the whole of Greater London in spring 2021, the Battista’s electric powertrain provides extraordinary performance within a dramatic body that is pure hypercar – a true, new poster-car for the EV generation.
With its beautifully elegant design by the world-famous Pininfarina automotive styling studios in Italy, a single-charge range targeting 300 miles for a non-stop drive from London to Paris, and a sprint to 60mph in less than two seconds – faster than a Formula 1 car – the Battista represents a new reality for electric car desirability before ultra-low emissions moves to zero emissions regulation.
Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina, said: “The Battista is a truly beautiful, guilt-free hypercar – the first EV to really fall in love with – because electricity enables us to develop it with zero- emissions and as the most powerful car that will have ever been designed and built in Italy.
“As London joins many cities in moving towards a more sustainable future, we hope that the Battista also inspires a generation to consider electric cars, not just through the benefits of zero-emissions, but also through the beauty and the performance that electrification offers.”
As EV Demand Increases the Battista Redefines Electric Car Beauty and Performance
2018 saw electric cars reach new levels of popularity for the car buyer. EVs were the 4th most searched for segment amongst car buyers in the UK car market, the USA’s best-selling luxury car for 2018 was an EV, and in Norway – a country built on oil revenues – the best-selling car for 2018 was also electric.
The Battista’s place as the most powerful, luxurious and beautiful electric car available to order today therefore highlights the technologies and desirability that electrification offers car-buyers and the traditional car industry.
Equally, its unique combination of performance – that no petrol-engine car will ever achieve – and Pininfarina-designed carbon fibre body appeals to traditional supercar collectors and automotive connoisseurs. It is pure supercar in its style with just the electric-connector portal, that glows and pulses according to its state of charge, giving away its electric-car credentials.
Luxury cars have historically provided the foundation to innovation for the mass market to follow. Whilst its limited run of just 150 cars will ensure the Battista remains rare and collectable, it is anticipated that its position as a pioneer of zero-emissions desirability will accelerate a demand and desire for EVs – just not quite as rapid an acceleration as the Battista itself.
UK Premiere of Automobili Pininfarina Battista
The Bianco Sestriere pearlescent white Pininfarina Battista design model that starred at the recent Geneva Motor Show will make its UK debut on Friday 5th April at the world’s most exclusive motorsport event, the Goodwood Members’ Meeting.
Battista is now available to order from London Mayfair’s H.R. Owen, and Rybrook of the British Midlands.
THE AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA BATTISTA (PRESS KIT LINK)
The Battista will be the most powerful car ever designed and built in Italy and it will deliver a level of performance that is unachievable today in any road-legal sports car featuring internal combustion engine technology. Faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0 -100 km/h sub-two second sprint, and with 1,900 hp and 2,340 Nm torque on tap, the Battista will combine extreme engineering and technology in a zero emissions package. The Battista’s 120 kWh battery provides power to four electric motors – one at each wheel – with a combined WLTP range of up to 476 km (296 miles), US EPA combined: 300 miles on a single charge. No more than 150 examples of Battista will be individually hand-crafted at the Battista Atelier in Cambiano, Italy.
ABOUT AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA
Automobili Pininfarina is based in operational headquarters in Munich, Germany, with a team of experienced automotive executives from luxury and premium car brands. Designed, engineered, and produced by hand in Italy, the Battista hyper GT and all future models will be sold in all major global markets under the brand name Pininfarina. The new company aims to be the most desired, sustainable luxury car brand in the world.
The company is a 100 per cent Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd investment.
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