The Automobili Pininfarina Battista, the world’s first fully electric luxury hypercar, is one step closer to its 2020 delivery date after entering its testing and development phase.
The Italian marque, which also celebrates the 90th anniversary of Pininfarina SpA, will deploy team of engineers to undertake a rapid development program of testing, evaluation and development over the coming months, in the climates and environments that the Battista will be driven in.
The hand-crafted, 1,900hp hypercar is expected to be one of the most powerful cars of all time with a targeted performance of 0 – 100 km/h in less than two seconds, a top speed in excess of 350 km/h and an all-electric range of over 500 km.
The Battista’s technical development schedule is headed by Automobili Pininfarina Sportscar Director Rene Wollmann, formerly of Mercedes-AMG. In the driving seat of Battista prototype vehicles will be former Formula One and Formula E legend Nick Heidfeld, now a Development Driver and Ambassador for the Italian luxury car marque.
Rene Wollmann commented: “The mule vehicles running the chassis and powertrain concepts for Battista have already achieved 80% 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 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque across a range of driving modes to suit varying environments. Our clients cannot wait to experience this performance alongside Nick Heidfeld.”