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  • Writer's pictureGaurav Chakraborty

The electric hypercar: Pininfarina Battista

Remember Pininfarina Battista? The Hypercar that was publicly unveiled back in 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car took the world by storm not just with its exceptional design but, also the figures it boasted of.

To begin with let's talk of Pininfarina, the Italian car company which was responsible for designing some iconic cars which the world has seen. Back in 2015 Mahindra and Mahindra acquired Pininfarina and renamed it to Automobili Pininfarina.

The Pininfarina Battista is undoubtedly one of the most special hyper-EVs to launch in the coming future along and what makes us excited is to announce that the vehicle will soon be out on the production line.

Pininfarina is leaving no stones unturned for making the Battista a success. Well then, the all-electric hypercar is now in its final stages of testing out on the tarmac, as the deliveries are set to begin later this year.

The Pininfarina Battista is being tested by none other than the driver from the Mahindra Formula E Racing team of 2015-2018. Since then, he’s served as the team’s official test and reserve driver, as well as a special advisor. He’s also played a key role in developing the Battista from the inception of the project, providing his feedback with the help of an advanced dynamic simulator. But this was the first time he’d tested the hyper-EV out on a track.

Let's hear out what he has to say about the hypercar. " What really surprised me was how natural the Battista feels on the track. We are creating a hyper GT to be enjoyed at all speeds, yet here in Nardò the cornering control and speed we achieved were exceptional. Minimal traction control and torque vectoring are active at this stage of prototype development, yet there is so much grip to exploit. It was my first time driving on the Nardò handling circuit, so I spent some time looking at films of onboard laps online to familiarise myself with the layout. I quickly realized they would be of little use because the acceleration of Battista is on another level to even the world’s fastest road cars. I have to say, that very honestly, driving the Battista prototype far exceeded my expectations. It’s like nothing I have experienced ever before."

The performance driver also confirmed that the Battista is being tested at 80% of its peak accessible power.

Mechanically the Pininfarina Battista will be packing in 1,900hp of power from its electric motors. The claimed 0-100 time being of 1.9 seconds makes the Battista already quick. These figures if comes out to be true, it will not be a member of the sub-3-seconds club but also one of the fastest accelerating road-legal hypercars.

Automobili Pininfarina plans to produce 150 examples of the Battista, which will be individually hand-crafted at the Pininfarina SpA atelier in Turin, Italy. With the information about the track testings, one can safely conclude that Battista is running around for refining and modifying elements such as the chassis settings, aerodynamics package, torque vectoring and the selectable driving modes.

Prices for the Battista are expected to start at about Rs 16.97 crore (GBP 1.7 million), before taxes. Pininfarina has its eyes set on developing a five-model family by 2025 with the Battista the first of the lot. Following the Battista is an all-electric SUV that will debut in 2022.

The Pininfarina Battista will get e-SIM based connected car technology that will allow owners to easily access online services in more than 50 countries worldwide. The vehicle will be launched with an embedded SIM and roaming technology with Deutsche Telekom’s roaming partner network and roaming traffic steering logic, enabling the vehicle to search for the strongest network, ensuring minimal communication black spots even when crossing international borders.

The Battista will also get Over-The-Air (OTA) updates with the system able to remotely update 26 individual electronic control modules across functions covering the electric powertrain, safety and driving dynamics systems, vehicle control, infotainment as well as digital services. These software updates can be delivered via WiFi when parked within range or using the embedded SIM.

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