What was the biggest surprise on the Geneva Motorshow 2019? While everyone is talking about the Bugatti “La Voiture Noir” or the Koenigsegg Jesko, we have our clear favorite – The Pininfarina Battista.
In 1930 when Pininfarina was founded by Battista “Pinin” Farina, an Italian businessman, the company was meant to be a car design firm and coachbuilder. Their service was used by many luxury car brands before. Whenever the brands (like Ferrari – to name the most famous one) needed help, guidance or just inspiration in the design, Pininfarina helped them out. This is the reason why the founder was also called the Picasso of car design.
Now almost 90 years later, the Turin based company creates its first car – the Battista. That’s right – the world’s first pure electric luxury hypercar is named after the founder, Mr. Battista. The Mahindra Group bought the majority of the company in 2015 and ever since Pininfarina is pursuing its new strategy of becoming an independent car manufacturer.
A lot of our readers may say electric cars are boring but common guys! How can you say that about a car that accelerates form 0-100 km/h in less than 2 seconds and has a top speed of 400 km/h? The power comes from a 1,900 hp/ 2,300 Nm torque strong motor with zero emission, for which of the world’s best engineers and designers recruited and team up with leading technology partners to deliver a unique performance car. The 120 kWh Li-ion battery pack delivers a range of 450 kms on one single charge of the battery.
The Battista will be delivered in 2020 for the 90th anniversary of the company and only 150 pieces will be produced. Pininfarina perfectly combined the way a sportscar should look along with the innovative technology of the future and obviously their effort has a price tag. The PF0, as it is called internally, will be available in 3 variations with a price between EUR 1.8 and 2.2 million.
Well done Pininfarina! Maybe some people will need time to adopt to the innovative technology but The Collectors Circle is certain this is a great first step – and, as the company confirmed, electric cars will remain a hot topic in the upcoming motor shows and years.
Approximately EUR 1.8 to 2.2 million
When to drive:
Tough one… we would love to try the car out on the racing circuit to see how it performs in comparison to a V12 Lamborghini or a mid-engine Ferrari.
What we love about the car:
We love Pininfarina’s combination of extreme engineering and technology in a zero emissions package. They take a step towards the right direction with their innovative thinking.
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