RE: Pininfarina steps up Battista development

RE: Pininfarina steps up Battista development

Wednesday 12th February

Pininfarina steps up Battista development

With 90th celebrations looming at Geneva, the firm reports on progress made with its 1,900hp hypercar



It's been a little while since we last checked in with the Pininfarina Battista, nearly a year in fact. With the race for hyper-EV supremacy very much on, though, and the likes of the Lotus Evija hot on their heels, it's no surprise that Pininfarina's engineers have had their heads down for the past twelve months. After all, it's no use creating "the world's first fully electric luxury hypercar" if someone else beats you to the punch. Now they've resurfaced, just in time for another Geneva show, to reveal the results of their continuing graft.

With Pininfarina celebrating its 90th anniversary at the event, and production of the first hand-built customer vehicles set to begin later this year, it's certainly a good time to finally be able to show their creation on the move. That's exactly what this new footage does, the Battista seen undergoing the first stages of an extensive testing and development phase.

The schedule for that programme is led by former Mercedes-AMG man Rene Wollmann, with ex-F1 driver Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel. Speaking about what they've seen so far, Wollmann revealed the incredible performance potential that cars like the Battista hold: "The mule vehicles running the chassis and powertrain concepts for Battista have already achieved 80 per cent of their performance capability without issue.


"This means that our EV performance is already equal to the most powerful combustion engine-powered hypercar currently in the world. And in the simulation and wind tunnel testing phase, by fine tuning the aero packaging, we've already seen a significant increase in the potential range of Battista versus our original prediction.

"In the next six months we will progress to delivering a thrilling pure-electric hypercar that seamlessly produces 1,900hp and 2,300Nm (1,700lb ft) of torque across a range of driving modes to suit varying environments."

With just days until Geneva and only months before the first cars are due to be handed over to customers, Automobili Pininfarina's engineers will now get stuck in to the exhaustive rapid development programme which we see the beginning of here. If their work continues to render the kind of results it has thus far, those owners ought to be in for quite the automotive experience.



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cookie1600

Original Poster:

1,389 posts

111 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Things never heard on a car forum:

"There just aren't enough niche, circa 2000 hp hypercars coming along these days"

Rumblestripe

1,377 posts

112 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Really anyone care?

A few ridiculously proportioned cars destined to gather dust in a billionaire's gallery.

Pointless.

And amusingly, given the move to accelerate the ban the sales of ICE vehicles in many "First World" countries, probably not even a good investment.

Hugh Jarse

3,229 posts

155 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Evija is 2000hp, so already too slow, not even on sale yet.
Losers.

cookie1600

Original Poster:

1,389 posts

111 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Rumblestripe said:
A few ridiculously proportioned cars destined to gather dust in a billionaire's gallery.
Probably the automotive equivalent of a Ming vase where you don't even put flowers in it. There must be a market in making dummy fibreglass bodyshells of cars that can claim to have eleventy-million HP and do warp factor 2, but never need to go anywhere as they just sit on a plinth.

In fact, I know just the place we can sell them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVvcD4Czx4Y


WCZ

7,531 posts

144 months

Wednesday 12th February
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the point is most of them don't actually get made or are crap like the hennesey venom etc

giveitfish

3,320 posts

164 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Looks quite derivative considering they're a design house. Doesn't seem to have taken any advantage of being all-electric unlike the Evija.

redroadster

1,056 posts

182 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Think the Tesla roadster will make them all look silly for a tenth of price .

Bladedancer

1,019 posts

146 months

Thursday 13th February
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redroadster said:
Think the Tesla roadster will make them all look silly for a tenth of price .
If it's Tesla it won't be tenth but the times biggrin

nickod

299 posts

110 months

Thursday 13th February
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Does anyone know what the lease costs are likely to be on this? Although I do also have major concerns over the rear leg and headroom.

Fetchez la vache

5,213 posts

164 months

Thursday 13th February
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Rumblestripe said:
And amusingly, given the move to accelerate the ban the sales of ICE vehicles in many "First World" countries, probably not even a good investment.
Isn't this an EV? Rimac are providing the powertrain...

swisstoni

8,547 posts

229 months

Thursday 13th February
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Fetchez la vache said:
Isn't this an EV? Rimac are providing the powertrain...


I love the smell of Parrot in the morning.

wab172uk

1,547 posts

177 months

Thursday 13th February
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Hurray !!! another pointless over powered over priced Hypercar. What a time to be alive !!

I'll enjoy not reading the test drive.

A1VDY

1,434 posts

77 months

Thursday 13th February
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They also forgot to mention its 2700kg weight.
Pointless piece of useless cr5p..

Black S2K

950 posts

199 months

Thursday 13th February
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A1VDY said:
They also forgot to mention its 2700kg weight.
Pointless piece of useless cr5p..
Well, they've got us all talking about it, so perhaps that is the point?

And the leasing rate post heretofore made me chuckle.

donteatpeople

516 posts

224 months

Thursday 13th February
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WCZ said:
the point is most of them don't actually get made or are crap like the hennesey venom etc
Reviews from people that have driven the Hennessey Venom seem to say it’s actually pretty good.

Wadeski

6,593 posts

163 months

Thursday 13th February
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If you want your 2 million dollar, 1900hp hypercar to look just like a 488 pista...