Automobili Pininfarina starts the Battista Hypercar Development Programme

14 February 2020, 05:29:59

Automobili Pininfarina starts the Battista Hypercar Development ProgrammeAutomobili Pininfarina has announced the start of the Battista Hypercar Development Programme. The dynamic mule testing has begun, with hand-crafted production of the first customer vehicles on schedule to commence in late 2020. The company will publish online #BattistaComingToLife short film series which will follow up on this development programme from the start. Prospective Battista clients will be able to test a prototype of the Battista in the first half of 2020. The 90th anniversary of the Pininfarina design house will be celebrated with a special vehicle unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show 2020.

The Battista's technical development schedule is headed by Automobili Pininfarina Sportscar Director Rene Wollmann, formerly of Mercedes-AMG. In the driving seat of Battista prototype vehicles will be former Formula One and Formula E legend Nick Heidfeld, now a Development Driver and Ambassador for the Italian luxury car marque.

Rene Wollmann commented: "The mule vehicles running the chassis and powertrain concepts for Battista have already achieved 80 per cent of their performance capability without issue. This means that our EV performance is already equal to the most powerful combustion engine-powered hypercar currently in the world. And in the simulation and wind tunnel testing phase, by fine tuning the aero packaging, we've already seen a significant increase in the potential range of Battista versus our original prediction."

"In the next six months we will progress to delivering a thrilling pure-electric hypercar that seamlessly produces 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque across a range of driving modes to suit varying environments. Our clients cannot wait to experience this performance alongside Nick Heidfeld."

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