This is it! Legendary Italian design studio Pininfarina’s highly anticipated electric hypercar is here, and the wait was completely worth it. Called the Battista after the company’s founder, it is not only the first creation from Automobili Pininfarina but also the most powerful production road car ever to come from Italy. The EV hypercar is powered by technology from Croatian EV maker Rimac, which uses individual electric motors for each wheel with a combined power output of a whopping 1900 horsepower and 1696 lb-ft of torque. Powering the electric motors is a Rimac-developed T-shaped liquid-cooled 120 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is placed right behind the driver at the lowest possible point in the chassis to keep the center of gravity as low as possible. All of the 1696 lb-ft of torque is available instantly and is controlled by a torque vectoring system distributing thrust to each wheel independently for maximum performance.
To make the hypercar as light as possible and offset the weight of the battery pack, just about every component is made of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials. It uses a full carbon-fiber monocoque, a carbon roof, and a rear carbon subframe. As a result, the Battista can reach a top speed of 218 miles per hour and hit 62 mph in less than 2 seconds. Automobili Pininfarina also claims that the hypercar can accelerate to 186mph in less than 12 seconds and on a full charge it has an estimated range of 280 miles. Ultimately, the Battista has to drive like a hypercar not an electric car,” Christian Jung, chief technical officer, Automobili Pininfarina said. “The two biggest technical challenges for us are in integrating heavy batteries into a carbon structure and how we apply the car’s control systems.”
In terms of design, the front has a strong resemblance to the Ferrari Sergio Concept, while the rear has a futuristic look to it thanks to the long strip of tail lights placed underneath the spoiler. Inside the cabin, the dash features three driver-facing digital screens which control all functions and features. The company will build only 150 examples of electric hypercar with the production beginning in 2020. The exact pricing is yet to be revealed.