Pininfarina will reinvent itself as an electric carmaker.
Italian design house Pininfarina has a long and lustrous history, designing cars for such great names as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Rolls Royce. Their designs have gone on to win countless races and awards, with many of their engineers going to work for the very companies they’re contracted by.
But Pininfarina can see that change is on the winds. Gas is out, and clean electricity is in. That’s why they’ve decided to become a leading name in electric cars.
With the help of Indian can manufacturer Mahindra, Pininfarina will begin designing fully-electric cars, starting with a new electric hypercar. The new car will share the same platform as the Rimac C_Two, and will have the horsepower to rival a Bugatti Chiron.
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According to Autocar, Mahindra will invest $100 million each year for the next five years in Pininfarina to create not just an electric hypercar, but also a line of electric crossovers ranging from large to compact size. These crossovers will be marketed against the Lamborghini Urus, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Porsche Macan.
Development on the hypercar has already begun, while the crossovers will start development shortly after. Internally the hypercar is called “Project Montana,” and will have something in excess of 1500 hp.
Pininfarina will have Project Montana on the roads sometime in 2020, while the crossovers will have to wait until 2024.
We last heard from Pininfarina at the Geneva Motor Show where the company showed off their H2 Speed hydrogen-powered hypercar. The engine is fueled by clean-burning hydrogen fuel and powers four electric motors with a combined 653 horsepower. Zero to sixty is accomplished in 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 184 mph.
While it’s too early to know the exact specifications of Project Montana, the Rimac C_Twois known to have over 1900 hp, a theoretical top speed of 258 mph, and a zero to sixty time of less than 2 seconds. If Project Montana even accomplished have of that, it will be a very fast car indeed.