We may refer to the first Pininfarina-branded car, Battista, as an electric ’supercar’, but in actual fact, it transcends the supercar realm into a domain touched by only a handful of cars – the hypercar space. Yes. It is indeed a hypercar and it has a hyper price to boot. But more on that later. So, just how ‘hypercar’ is this hypercar? Well, how does 1,900 horsepower and 2,300 Nm (1,696 lb-ft!) of torque sounds? Absolute mind-bending, I would say.
Apparently, it is so fast that comparing it to a Formula 1 car wouldn’t do it cos’ it is fast than a F1 race car. In fact, the Pininfarina Battista Hypercar is faster than a fighter jet – specifically, the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. Battista is capable of rocketing to 60 mph (97 km/h) in under 2 seconds and it can hit 180 mph (290 km/h) quicker than it takes an F-16 to do so. Yes, seriously. Or at least, that’s what the Italian coachbuilder best known for cars like Dino 206GT, Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Lusso, and Ferrari Enzo – just to name a few, claims.
The Rimac electric drive is fed by a 120 kWh that charges up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes and offers a range of 450 kilometers (280 miles) on each full-charge. One of the contributing factor of its incredible performance was the car’s all carbon fiber monocoque body that provides it with the rigidity it needs while remaining incredible lightweight. Aesthetically, it is gorgeous, though we can’t help but to notice a slight resemblance to the McLaren P1 Hybrid.
Only 150 examples will be made, of which 50 is allocated to North America. If you want one, you’d better act fast because, we heard over half of it were already spoken for – even if it commands an astronomical $2.5 million a piece. You can get in line by “applying to own Battista” now at Automobili Pininfarina website.
Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar made its first appearance in a private showing at the Monterey Car Week and it has now made its global debut at the New York International Auto Show. I am guessing it was at Monterey that half of it were snapped up.