Pininfarina’s upcoming Battista electric hypercar looks absolutely amazing in this new video.
We’re not ashamed to admit a bit of jealousy at Top Gear’s latest video. Rory gets to sit inside a real-life Pininfarina Battista before basically anyone else and marvel at its otherworldly design and architecture, not to mention it’s utterly bonkers performance statistics.
The video also gives us a bit of an update on how the Battista is doing, as Pininfarina has been somewhat vague on the details since the Battista’s announcement.
One thing that hasn’t changed since the big reveal at this year’s Geneva Motor Show has been the power figures. Four electric motors provide a combined 1,900 hp and 1,695 lb-ft of torque and help propel the Battista from zero to sixty in under 2 seconds. Zero to 186 mph takes just 12 seconds, which is about as close to a rocket ship as a car has ever been.
Max speed is down from the original 250 mph quoted from Pininfarina’s early press release and is now a slightly more reasonable 217 mph. Range is also down from 300 miles to just 280 miles--still respectable, but not as impressive as the Rimac C_Two which the Battista shares a battery with.
Since each wheel has its own motor, the car can swap from AWD to RWD whenever it wants, and torque vectoring is a simple matter of putting a computer in charge of just how much power goes to each wheel. Massive 390 mm carbon ceramic discs also adorn each wheel with 6-piston calipers and regenerative braking.
Everything is made of carbon fiber, naturally, and there’s a single LED light strip across the front of the car that replaces traditional turn signals. The side mirrors double as aerodynamic wind vectors that push air into the rear cooling intakes, and there’s an active spoiler in the back too.
On the inside, the Battista presents three screens: the left is for technical and performance data, the right is for the infotainment, and the smaller center screen shows your speed and battery levels.
Only 150 Battistas will be made with Pininfarina taking orders now. Pricing was never announced, but it’s one of those “if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it” kind of deals.