Pininfarina is one of those companies that has seen it all – primarily because as one of the most well-known designers of super cars, they’ve been responsible for some of the most amazing automotive creations of all time.
And although the company has worked with a who’s who of European automotive royalty, including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, the company has never put its own name on a car. Until now.
In 2019 the 88-year-old company will unveil the Pininfarina Battista, which the company is describing as the fastest and most powerful vehicle to ever come out of Italy. The all-electric supercar promises 1,900-horsepower and a top speed of 250 mph.
Borrowing the Battista name from the company’s founder, the company, which has been owned by Mahindra since 2015, will produce up to 1,696 foot-pounds of torque in going 0-60 in under two seconds.
And while the battery probably won’t last as long when traveling in the triple digits, Pininfarina is promising a range of 300 miles between charges. While the Italian company has handled all the design and assembly tasks, it did rely on a powertrain from Rimac Automobil, a Croatian firm with ties to Porsche.
The Battista will enter production in 2020, but in a limited fashion that will supply only 50 cars to be sold in each of the U.S., European, and Middle East/Asian markets. It’s rumored that Mahindra has invested upwards of $100 million to jumpstart this production division of Pininfarina.
Although the company now shares a common experience with their customers by making their own vehicle, they’re still not quite competitors. The Paninfarina Battista will retail for between $2 and $2.5 million.
— by Jeff Reinke