E-car owned by Indian firm may be the world’s fastest

The company, Automobili Pininfarina, said the luxury electric vehicle Battista has the potential to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car.
By : Geneva
| Updated on: 06 Mar 2019, 07:06 AM
Visitors look at the new Automobili Pininfarina 'Battista' during the press day at the '89th Geneva International Motor Show' in Geneva, Switzerland on March 5.
Visitors look at the new Automobili Pininfarina 'Battista' during the press day at the '89th Geneva International Motor Show' in Geneva, Switzerland on March 5.
Visitors look at the new Automobili Pininfarina 'Battista' during the press day at the '89th Geneva International Motor Show' in Geneva, Switzerland on March 5.
Visitors look at the new Automobili Pininfarina 'Battista' during the press day at the '89th Geneva International Motor Show' in Geneva, Switzerland on March 5.

Luxury electric vehicles brand Automobili Pininfarina, a part of the Mahindra Group, Tuesday unveiled its luxury electric vehicle Battista Batista which is touted to be faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0-100 km/h sub-two second sprint.

When it arrives in 2020, the Battista will be the most powerful car ever designed and built in Italy. It has the potential to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car, and break the 250 mph top speed barrier all with a potential zero emissions range of over 300 miles, the company said.

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It will deliver a level of performance that is "unachievable today in any road-legal sports car featuring internal combustion engine technology", it claimed.

"This is the most authentic and exciting automotive story imaginable. The Battista is the hypercar of the future, inspired by a legendary past," Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke told reporters here.

Electrification unlocks the door to a new level of performance and a zero-emissions future, whilst a passion and respect for automotive history will define how this landmark car looks and feels, he added.

"We aim for the Battista to be a future classic and automotive icon, writing its own page in automotive history books," Perschke said.

No more than 150 Battistas will be hand-crafted in Italy and allocated equally between the regions of North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia, Pininfarina said.

Customer service will be delivered through some of the world's best luxury car retail specialists, from Los Angeles to London to Tokyo, it added.

The Turin-based company has named the model after Battista 'Pinin' Farina, the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coach building company that he started in 1930. The all-electric hypercar is designed and hand-built in very limited numbers at Pininfarina SpA.

Based out of Europe, Automobili Pininfarina combines its automotive design prowess with Mahindra's growing electric vehicle (EV) expertise, gained from participation in the Formula E electric racing car championship.

The Mahindra Group had acquired Pininfarina in late 2015 for an overall outgo of over EUR 50 million after months of negotiations.

First Published Date: 06 Mar 2019, 07:05 AM IST
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