Last year, the Pininfarina Battista was shown at the Monterey Car Week as a prototype. In 2019, the company will bring it to the event in an updated form, marking its local public debut after its presentation at the Turin Auto Show in Italy last month, and the Goodwood FoS last week.
Before greeting the audience at The Quail on August 16, the Battista has entered the final wind tunnel testing phase, where the performance met its creators’ expectations.
Working together to tune the dynamics program, power and torque for the Battista are Rene Wollmann, Director Sports Cars, and Nick Heidfeld, who led the development of the Mercedes-AMG Project One and has two decades of expertise in racing and developing Formula 1 and Formula E cars.
Heidfeld, who’s also Pininfarina Automobili’s Chief Development Driver, experienced the Battista in the simulator and described it as “an amazing experience”.
“The preparation, set-up and execution of the first runs of a brand-new hypercar with unprecedented levels of performance were excellent; comparable to any first simulation sessions I ran in my motorsport carrier”, he said. “Most impressive was how well the car handled. But of course, as I expected, the sheer acceleration is totally mind-blowing and incomparable with any car I have experienced, from road or track.”
Limited to 150 examples, the Battista is the most powerful car made in Italy ever. It features four electric motors that kick out 1,900 PS (1,873 HP / 1,397 kW) and 2,300 Nm (1,696 lb-ft) of torque. Powering the motors is a Rimac-sourced 120 kWh battery that allows it to travel for 450 km (280 miles) in between charges, according to Pininfarina, who expects it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than two seconds, and over 350 km/h (217 mph).
With a €2 million (~$2.3 million) starting price, the Battista is a vehicle aimed at the 1 percent. Deliveries will commence at the end of 2020.
As part of the Monterey Car Week presentations, the brand will also show its future design vision, named ‘PURA’.