The Geneva Motor Show is the unofficial home of the hypercar debut. Each year storied carmakers and startups alike bring their ultra-expensive wares to Switzerland, hoping to convince the world’s elite to part ways with a million (or more) Euros on their latest, exclusive creations. So yes, this could be seen as yet another hypercar debut story. But this car — well, it’s incredibly special. It’s called the Automobili Pininfarina Battista, and it marks Automobili Pininfarina’s debut as a carmaker.
The name “Pininfarina” may be familiar to more than a few of you. If not, here’s a very brief history. Formed in 1930, Pinin Farina quickly established itself as the world’s premiere automotive design house, penning forms for everyone from Hispano-Suiza to Fiat. Pinin Farina also created the design language for a little brand called Ferrari. In 1961, the company changed its name to the current, one-word “Pininfarina,” and the studio has gone on to design cars for…well, just about every car manufacturer out there. With the world clamouring — and paying handsomely — for Pininfarina’s design services, the company has a sizeable rainy-day fund that allows for passion projects like the Battista.
Set to hit the streets in 2020, the Battista is being heralded by Pininfarina as the fastest-ever production car built in Italy. It will have approximately 1,900 horsepower, accelerate faster than an F1 car with its sub-2-second 0-60 time, and will have a top speed in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph). And, most impressive of all, it will do this on electric power alone.
Unlike with some other high-performance concepts, the Battista’s powertrain isn’t some piece of vapourware. Rimac — itself an established manufacturer of EV hypercars — will be supplying the 120 kWh battery-powered drivetrain. With an estimated driving range of up to 450 km, these batteries are mounted low, and supply power to each of the individual four wheels. With each wheel having the ability to get just the right amount of power exactly when needed, we imagine that the cornering abilities will be just as breathtaking as its acceleration.
Of course, being a Pininfarina, the exterior is stunning. Hewn from carbon fibre, aluminum, and artfully shaped glass, the Battista takes everything we love about other hypercars and puts them into one great package. It’s a design that’s both futuristic and timeless, and it will surely be the star of numerous concours events for decades to come.
No more than 150 of these cars will be crafted by hand in Italy, and Pininfarina is being very selective as to which galleries will get the opportunity to receive this car. Pricing is expected to start at $2.6 million USD.