Legendary Super Car Designer Introduces Electric Vehicle

Pininfarina has worked with a who’s who of European automotive royalty over nearly 90 years, but, until now, has never put its own name on a car.

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

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