Pininfarina’s first independent model, the Battista, has entered the final stages of testing, ahead of its European market launch in 2020.
The famous Italian firm is conducting final tuning on its all-electric hypercar. Work is being done in the wind tunnel, through computer modelling and on the simulator to refine the car’s aero package, minimise drag over the body, and increase cooling.
Former F1 podium-finisher turned official Battista development driver, Nick Heidfeld, was impressed by “how well the car handled”, finding “the sheer acceleration is totally mind-blowing and incomparable with any car I have experienced, from road or track".
Revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, the Battista is powered by the same drivetrain as the Rimac C_Two. That means it gets a 120kWh battery pack feeding and four electric motors, producing a combined 1451kW of power and 2300Nm of torque.
Pininfarina claims it can sprint from 0-100km/h in under two seconds, towards a top speed of 350km/h. The new Battista will make its North American debut at Monterey Car Week in August.
It will be presented alongside a "vision for the brand's future design philosophy", believed to be a preview of its next model – potentially an 800kW super-SUV based on the American-made Rivian R1S and R1T.