BATTISTA ANNIVERSARIO Potent Celebration of Legendary Pininfarina Design

Potent Celebration of Legendary Pininfarina Design

Automobili Pininfarina describe it as the world’s first luxury pure-electric hyper GT. The Battista Anniversario is, they declare, “the ultimate design expression of the most powerful road-legal Italian car ever made”. Officially unveiled just before the coronavirus pandemic shut down Italy, and most of the rest of the world, the hypercar was designed as a celebration of 90 years since Battista “Pinin” Farina created the legendary Pininfarina coachbuilder and design house. It will be hand-crafted in Cambiano (Turin), where Pininfarina have their design centre and headquarters, and only five will be produced, each priced from €2.6 million. The Anniversario is presented in a Pininfarina bespoke heritage-inspired design theme with aerodynamic enhancements, and features new forged aluminium wheels and performance-oriented tyres, with a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). No more than 150 Battista hypercars, including the five Anniversario models, will be built, and they are expected to enter into production by the end of 2020. “For 90 years,” says Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke, “the Pininfarina name has been at the forefront of automotive design and performance, and the Battista perfectly encapsulates these values. This ultimate expression of Battista, the Anniversario is the distillation of everything that the brand has stood for in the past and which we now strive for in the future, creating a new pinnacle of desirability for sustainable and luxurious electric cars.”

Added Pininfarina SpA chairman Paolo Pininfarina, “My grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina- branded cars. The Battista Aniversario, named in his honour to mark 90 years of the carrozzeria that he started, is a glorious way to link our past with the future of motoring.” Each of the five Anniversario cars is finished in a combination of three signature colours: Bianco Sestriere, the new Grigio Antonelliano, and the signature Iconica Blu. According to Automobili Pininfarina, skilled artisans in Cambiano take several weeks to paint each car, building up the finish layer-by-layer and color-by-color – all by hand. The body is disassembled and reassembled three times so pinstripes in the three separate colours can be hand-painted directly onto the body. The process of creating such a finish, explains chief design officer Luca Borgogno, “is akin to a great artist completing an Old Master painting. The result is more than just a visual work of art. Styling, balanced with ultimate performance, produces a genuine Pininfarina: the beauty of power and the power of beauty.”

The Battista Anniversario is also equipped with the “Furiosa” package, comprising a revised carbon fibre front splitter, side blades and rear diffuser. The aerodynamic enhancements enabled by the Furiosa, exterior changes are said to deliver increased downforce and greater stability at higher cornering speeds and a more dynamic balance to the car. The Anniversario’s handling dynamism is further sharpened by a reduction in unsprung weight of almost 10 kilograms, thanks to a new wheel design featuring center-lock forged aluminium wheels. Technically, the Anniversario shares its underpinnings with the Battista. “Its carbon fibre monocoque chassis and body provide the strong foundation and backbone of the hyper GT, with its four electric motors generating 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque, apportioned to each wheel by the most advanced torque vectoring system. This delivers a level of performance that is unachievable today in any road-legal sports car with an internal combustion engine. Faster than a current Formula 1 car in the sub-two second 0-100 km/h sprint, the Battista accelerates from zero to 300 km/h in less than 12 seconds.” These performance levels are delivered alongside a zero-emissions range of over 500 kilometres. The car’s 120 kWh battery pack is mounted within a strong T-shaped carbon frame low down in the chassis. Referring to Battista’s dynamic testing phase, test and development driver Nick Heidfeld says, “I have piloted the quickest road and race cars in the world. I’ve never driven anything as powerful as the Battista. The Battista is faster than many race cars, but it is not a pure racing machine. Drivability in all situations is its primary focus. We will now concentrate our time testing and developing Battista to deliver a car that’s at the forefront of technological possibilities and innovation.”

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