Known as one of the most reputable car shows in the world, the Geneva Motor Show never fails to make jaws drop. But while many expected industry giants like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Koenigsegg, and Bugatti to deliver first-rate automobiles, many were eagerly anticipating Pininfarina’s first electric car masterpiece, the Battista.
So what’s all the buzz about? According to the 89-year-old Italian company, the Battista packs 1,900 horsepower and can achieve a top speed of 250mph. And they claim it can reach 0-62 mph in under two seconds.
This particular electric vehicle (EV) features wide, futuristic-looking LED headlights with an accent that goes from one side to the other. The Battista also boasts a carbon fibre body which is part of the reason why it is lightweight, and it can do 284 miles on a single charge.
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Pininfarina changed its business model last year. The company used to design cars for the likes of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, but now it will start manufacturing its own luxury vehicles with support from India’s automobile powerhouse, the Mahindra Group. The Battista is the first project, and it is named after Battista “Pinin” Farina, the firm’s founder.
Being able to create their own cars is an important development. According to Paolo Pininfarina, the founder’s grandson and current chairman, it’s instrumental in fully realising his grandfather’s dream, which is to see cars on the road under the Pininfarina name.
The company said that it will only produce 150 hyper EV cars and the production will be split equally among a variety of regions. Europe, North America, and Asia will get 50 Battistas each. The production and roll-out will start next year, and interested customers need to apply on the company’s website.
The cars will cost £1.5 million each, and the Battista is likely to become one the most coveted automobiles in the world. It possesses similar qualities to some of the supercars owned by the richest car fanatics in the world. The Telegraph actually made a list of the top lottery winner’s dream cars, including the Aston Martin One-77 which costs £1.2million – not too far from the Battista’s value. The caveat is that unless you are filthy rich you probably have to win the lottery to own one of these magnificent machines. Lottoland states that the Irish Lotto has a £1.7 million minimum jackpot which would be enough to buy a Battista or an Aston Martin One-77. Even with that sort of money, it goes to show what a huge outlay it takes to buy one of these engineering marvels. It goes without saying that taking Pininfarina’s newest model out on the road remains a privilege, often only experienced by the rich and famous.
As for the rest of us, the biggest delight lies in the fact that the world now has an all-electric supercar. If EVs can become more powerful and cooler, more petrolheads might just convert.