A company that started off with the vision of making the most powerful hypercar in the world has successfully wrapped up its first test run in Nardò, Italy. Automobili Pininfarina’s new Battista is well on its way to claim the intended title seeing how its first ever high speed and handling test was ground breaking in itself.
Combining luxury and sustainability, two aspects that automobile companies seldom claim to work well together, are the ground principles on which Automobili Pininfarina develops its vehicles. Keeping up with their fundamental of retaining environmental viability while delivering off-the-chart performance led to the creation of the hyper GT Battista prototype, a hypercar run purely on electricity. A fairly new automotive company that offers this level of output from an electric prototype is an immeasurable feat in itself.
The test vehicle at Nardò Technical Centre is just one of the total nine tests and validation models of this hyper GT. The insights gained from each of these models, when driven in various conditions, will further be used to make any necessary tweaks and homologate the vehicle for use on public roads as well as private tracks. The tests were conducted by the renowned Test Driver and Vehicle Dynamics Manager Georgios Syropoulos on the 12.6 km Nardò-ring and the 6.2 km handling track.
Syropoulos said, “The phenomenal performance potential of the Battista is clear. Our clients will never have experienced acceleration like this before, yet giving them the opportunity to tailor their experience using a range of drive modes means this hypercar offers much more than just speed thrills. With a zero-emissions range of 500kms and sophisticated all-wheel drive technology, every drive in Battista will be a pleasure.”
Sporting a 120 kWh battery which simultaneously delivers energy to its four electric motors at each wheel and gives a total power output of 1,900 hp, the Battista is as efficient as it is powerful. Smart allocation of power ensures that this hyper GT remains stable on every type of track. Bolstering this smart tech are the five driving modes that drivers can choose from as per their preference- Calma, Pura, Energica, Furiosa and Carattere.
Customers can look forward to receiving their first models of Automobili Pininfarina Battista sometime in 2021. Limited to a total of only 150 hand built pieces, the sports car will be highly exclusive- fitting for a unique car such as this. The test did not just prove Battista’s potential, it also gave designers and engineers an opportunity to once again hone vehicle dynamics and modify a number of other technical areas.
New additions and omissions to existing tech equipment ranges from brakes and chassis to exterior aerodynamics, all developed in order to optimise the vehicle to its fullest. First to feature the Brembo CCMR carbon-ceramic brake technology, the brakes will be worked upon to make the Battista even more energy efficient and reliable. Improvements in torque vectoring, aerodynamics, custom-made chassis etc. ensure vehicle range and driver satisfaction.
Automobili Pininfarina also makes true on its promise of luxury. Joining hands with Deutsche Telekom, the car makes has established an unbreakable network of online connectivity for its customers all over the world. Over-the-air updates, ChargePoint charging and a hypercar coloured wallbox are just some of the parts of this luxurious package. Battista accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in an astonishing sub two-seconds and has a top speed of 350 km/h; it also takes a mere 12 seconds to go from 0 to 300 km/h. The car is as much a ‘dream come true’ for automobile enthusiasts as it is for Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who first dreamt of a car that bears the name ‘Pininfarina’.
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