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Pininfarina Battista: everything we know about new hypercar

Published: 10 December 2018

► New Pininfarina Battista, née PF0 hypercar
► Automobili Pininfarina's first actual road car
► Rimac underpinnings, sub-2.0sec 0-62mph

Pininfarina Battista is the new name for the Italian nameplate's move into car production. The company has released another teaser image of its new hypercar, previously known as PF0, but the covers are still annoyingly in place.

It's part of a long build-up phase for Automobili Pininfarina’s new electric hypercar. The badge is significant: it's named after Pininfarina founder, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina - and the new/old car maker will show the car at the Geneva motor show, 90 years after Battista founded Carrozzeria Pininfarina.

The company is confident it'll be 'Italy’s most powerful and fastest car' - and it's 'the first model in Automobili Pininfarina’s portfolio of luxury electric vehicles.'

Read on for everything else we know about the new Battista, formerly known only by its PF0 codename.

Pininfarina Battista electric hypercar

Earlier news of the Pininfarina electric hypercar

It’s still just a sketch, but these earlier images of the Battista give us a better idea of the profile of the car, as well as the general stance and silhouette.

As you can see from the image above, project PF0 is looking like a low-slung, super-wide supercar – but there are a few interesting design flourishes that set it apart.

The centre-line of the PF0 is dominated by bulbous, black aerodynamic driver cabin, while lights bar  at the front and rear of the car marry both sides of the car together. It’s certainly futuristic, but what did you expect from Pininfarina?

The all-electric hypercar will be shown for the first time at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in a few weeks – though it’ll be behind closed doors, and for prospective customers only.

‘Our presence in Monterey is an inspiring chapter in the story of realising Battista Farina’s long-held dream: one day there will be beautiful cars solely branded Pininfarina,’ Michael Perschke, Automobili Pininfarina CEO said.

‘These special VIP previews mean that future PF0 owners, most of whom will undoubtedly own numerous modern and historic classics, have an opportunity right now to be part of the birth of the company and their hypercar.’

After its unveil in Geneva at the 2019 motor show, the Battista will be hand-crafted in limited numbers from 2020.

Pininfarina Battista: everything you need to know

Soprattuto deve essere bella’ declared Automobili Pininfarina’s newly-installed Italian design director Luca Borgogno in describing the new hypercar the brand is launching in 2020, before translating for the small global media gathering before him: ‘Above all it must be beautiful.’

Judging from the evocative early exterior sketches just released to the world (and the embargoed detailed digital renders CAR magazine has also seen), there’s every chance.

The new company – dubbed ‘the first 100% sustainable luxury car brand’ by Automobili Pininfarina’s CEO Michael Perschke – has also just released performance targets for its all-electric two-seater, codenamed PF0, which include a Bugatti Chiron-trouncing sub-two-second 0-62mph time, 186mph dispatched in 12 seconds and a 250mph top speed.

Michael Perschke, AP CEO

Potential customers of the circa €2 million hypercar should note that its 310-mile range will be affected continuing at that pace for too long though. ‘Around the Nordschleife it will of course be less,’ Perschke quipped. 

Is that a Rimac underneath?

Probably. The hypercar’s 4WD underpinnings feature a battery pack situated behind the driver and passenger seats rather than below the floor to keep the roof height low and the major weight between the wheelbase for better handling.

Borgogno conceded that it was a very similar mechanical set-up to Rimac’s without quite saying that the Croatian EV start-up would definitively be providing the donor platform, as heavily rumoured: ‘The development of electric platforms takes a little longer than normal. We are looking for alternatives for other products as well but I cannot tell you that we have reached any kind of conclusion.’

Initial digital sketches of the cabin – which have already been shown to buyers as well as CAR – reveal a driver layout featuring two screens either side of a compact steering wheel angled inwards but no conventional driver dials under a cowl. Instead, a head-up display will give all the vital information.

To avoid being saddled with infotainment and connectivity that quickly dates – an issue that super- and hypercars too often suffer – Automobili Pininfarina is looking at suppliers who can provide future-proof software and also aiming to make sure the passenger has a good time as well.

‘In terms of user experience we’ll have mirroring technology, screens and all these kind of things,’ said Borgogno, ‘but it’s about how you live with this car. We have some nice ideas on how we’ll be able to do that and have a different experience inside, beyond what you have in a normal hypercar.

We don’t want a cabin that is too tight and we want the passenger space to receive the right attention too.’ To that end, Perschke has declared the PFO will have serious ‘Internet of Things’ capability and Level 3 or higher autonomous driving ability.   

And what about those luxe SUV rumours to follow?

They’re true. After the PF0 hypercar in 2020 which will be sold as a limited edition of fewer than 100 to keep up exclusivity – although the “Euro Millions” price tag should see to that – a range of Automobili Pininfarina-badged cars will follow. The first could well be a Lamborghini Urus fighter with smaller luxury SUV versions to follow.

Handily, 42-year old Borgogno also worked on the latter production model during a brief stint at Lamborghini between 2015-16, despite being a Pininfarina man for most of his career. I put it to him that Automobili Pininfarina’s luxe SUV ought to look a good deal different from the far-from-perfect Urus? ‘No car is perfect, I totally agree,’ he responded quickly and with a smile. ‘We want ours to be elegant, clean and pure, this is our basic idea of design.’ Phew!

By Curtis Moldrich & Guy Bird

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