RE: Automobili Pininfarina Battista: Geneva 2019

RE: Automobili Pininfarina Battista: Geneva 2019

Monday 4th March

Automobili Pininfarina Battista: Geneva 2019

Nearly nine decades after the company was born, its founder's vision has been realised - and how.



Late last year we took a trip to a wintery Turin to visit the headquarters of famed Italian coachbuilder, Pininfarina. There, in the same room in which countless iconic Pinin designs have been unveiled over the years, we were shown a car which has, in many respects been almost nine decades in the making. The Battista - named after the company's eponymous founder Battista 'Pinin' Farina - realises the dream of three successive generations of his family: to finally see the Pininfarina name on the back of a car of its own.

It's a highly significant thing, in other words, and certainly not to be confused with the headline-grabbing vapourware which permeates this echelon of the market in 2019. That's not to say it isn't headline-grabbing, though. Outputs of 1,900hp and 1,700lb ft of torque, a 0-62 time of fewer than two seconds, top speed of 217mph and maximum range of 280 miles take care of that. But it's the car's place in the Pininfarina story which should prove most persuasive to buyers and enthusiasts alike.


As Paolo Pininfarina himself tells it: "My grandfather, Battista 'Pinin' Farina, often considered setting Pininfarina SpA up as a stand-alone car maker, but throughout the '40s and '50s we got tied with strong and successful partnerships with Lancia and Ferrari amongst others. So, we were designing for the world from Cambiano and making some of the world's most beautiful, powerful and innovative cars. But we always looked to the future.

"In 1959 Battista visited President Eisenhower at The White House. Eisenhower discussed cars with him and asked him what he saw in the cars of tomorrow. His view was that as long as the internal combustion engine exists there will not be any radical changes. He suggested to Eisenhower that their children would be the next automotive innovators and that it would not be until the next century when radical changes would be seen.


"My grandfather took these discussions back to Italy and inspired my father, Sergio to continue to grow our business, to innovate and produce cars of beauty in style and engineering such as the Dino. The Dino represented something new; new architecture, speed, a new brand, a new engine. And it was the first car my father made, becoming the mother of all Berlinetta's. My father talked a lot about how there was no work separate from play. Maybe we Italians are more emotionally involved in our cars than others, which might explain why we name the car after a person. It is a tribute to the person and his life's work. The Dino, the Enzo, the Sergio. Now the Battista."

Produced by Automobili Pininfarina, a separate company spun off from its Pininfarina SpA parent, just 150 examples of Paolo's tribute to his grandfather are set to be built. Each will feature a carbon fibre monocoque clad in a swooping carbon fibre body, one with lines as unbroken by ducts, vents and wings as possible. Standard supercar features like dihedral doors and active aero are present, but it is designed with function as well as form in mind.


Each wheel is driven by one of four independent electric motors, and slowed by a 390mm carbon ceramic disc brake. The cabin is entirely driver-focussed, with as few distractions from the task at hand as possible. Rimac, the cutting-edge Croatian EV manufacturer, is responsible for the powertrain. Nick Heidfeld has been brought in as Test & Development Driver, bringing within him experience from nearly 20 years of top-level motor racing.

The Battista is a hugely important car to a brand which has been hugely important to the history of automotive design. That being the case, the incredible numbers relating to its performance, production and price are almost irrelevant, the thing that really matters is that it's here at all. The fact that it does bring together some of the brightest lights in the business to push the envelope of contemporary design? Well, that's just the Pininfarina way.









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Iamnotkloot

Original Poster:

266 posts

87 months

Monday 4th March
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Lovely looking thing though definitely a hint of BMW i8 around the rear....

HM-2

4,307 posts

109 months

Monday 4th March
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The wheels are a bit fussy...

...and that's as far as my faulting goes. I don't know what it is- it's certainly not unique in either silhouette or detail- but it does just look so right in a way that other hypercars don't.

BVB

603 posts

93 months

Monday 4th March
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Now that is a future (EV) I like!

The Vambo

3,095 posts

81 months

Monday 4th March
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All these new McLarens look the same.

RobDickinson

25,425 posts

194 months

Monday 4th March
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You know its an EV because it has blue accents... :/ biggrin

looks fun, another car I'll never see.


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Maldini35

1,973 posts

128 months

Monday 4th March
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Love child of the 488 and 720S?

herebebeasties

392 posts

159 months

Monday 4th March
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Looks very cohesive as a design, but for the money and exclusivity I'd want something a bit less generically Ferrari-ish (nose and glasshouse especially).

craig_m67

463 posts

128 months

Tuesday 5th March
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herebebeasties said:
Looks very cohesive as a design, but for the money and exclusivity I'd want something a bit less generically Ferrari-ish (nose and glasshouse especially).
Ha, Ferrari-ish is genetically Farina-ish
(But yeah, I see what you mean wink )

midenginedcoupe

4,147 posts

72 months

Tuesday 5th March
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It’s a beautiful looking thing. Although I’ll be amazed if they don’t get a call from Ferrari’s lawyers.

mrclav

766 posts

163 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Iamnotkloot said:
Lovely looking thing though definitely a hint of BMW i8 around the rear....
I guess they came to a similar conclusion as BMW did regarding airflow?

subirg

570 posts

216 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Just what the Ferrari F8 should have looked like...

rodericb

1,616 posts

66 months

Tuesday 5th March
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It just so happens I was rummaging around in a cupboard at home just now and I've got a copy of the founders' original vision! It says to "build a conveyance out of materials which do not exist for quite a few more decades yet, in ways in which engineering is yet to discover and in a shape which is currently beyond our comprehension". So it looks like vision: realised! Quick, break out the good press release paper!! Please excuse my inability to provide an image of the founders original vision - my dog errr, ate my camera....


Then pappa Batitista tells Eisenhower that as long as the internal combustion engine exists that cars will be the same old thing and barely a decade later his son creates the Dino, which is probably a bold departure from a '59 chev. Fast forward to today and they're waxing lyrical about that same bold prediction in relation to some car which looks exactly the same as a multitude of other cars of the present.....


Someone there needs to keep out of the resin shop - the fumes are getting to them!

Bencolem

461 posts

179 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Looks like a 488 with 720S glass house and i8 arse.

FIREBIRDC9

539 posts

77 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Interesting.

First i read about this car was on the BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47418405

They mention it has a Top speed of over 250mph and is the fastest production car ever.

You guys say 217mph

Dare i don my tinfoil hat and say the BBC are trying to big electric cars up a bit to the average person? wink




Maldini35

1,973 posts

128 months

Tuesday 5th March
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Bencolem said:
Looks like a 488 with 720S glass house and i8 arse.
About sums it up.

Not hideous though

Bazooka Joe

13 posts

59 months

Tuesday 5th March
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4oClock

47 posts

118 months

Tuesday 5th March
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I like it, the new Ferrari i8 Longtail!

cookie1600

1,111 posts

101 months

Wednesday 6th March
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Bazooka Joe said:

chrisironside

234 posts

102 months

Thursday 7th March
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Dear 488, NSX and P1
Congratulations on the birth of your baby.
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