Puritalia unveils the custommade, 965hp super-hybrid
Berlinetta at Geneva
International Motor Show
Only 150 will be made for demanding car enthusiasts who want the experience of having their
unique car built to their specifications.
Puritalia Automobili, the custom-made, handcrafted,
high-tech Italian sports car maker, presents its new car,
the Berlinetta: a super-hybrid 965 hp, total carbon fiber
body fuoriserie at the 89th Geneva International Motor
Puritalia Automobili was founded by Paolo Parente, who
partnered with car designer Fabio Ferrante, to build
fuoriserie cars in the spirit of the Golden Years of Italian
automobile design using the most advanced technologies.
The Berlinetta, a project that was four years in the making, is the Puritalia experience at its best. A handcrafted,
custom-made Italian sports car that offers a super-hybrid engine – managed by Artificial Intelligence based
proprietary software – in a Berlinetta style carbon fiber
body that offers the ideal 50/50 weight distribution for
the perfect driving experience.
The Berlinetta represents the completion of an intense
research and development effort that lasted for four
years and began after the presentation of the first
prototype, called the “427 Roadster,” in 2015.
What is missing in today’s supercar market, is the
unique experience of having your car handcrafted to
your own specifications, like it used to be in the Golden
Years of the Italian automobile designs of the 50’s and
The Puritalia experience provides this unique experience to the most demanding car enthusiast and collector. You can’t buy a Berlinetta: it will be made-to-order,
to your personal specifications. A real fuoriserie a totally
unique car in the world today.
Only 150 Berlinettas will be made.
Each Berlinetta requires an enormous amount of time
to make: 800 hours just for all carbon-fiber painting and
finishing. That is more than some “industrial” supercars
take for the entire building process to be completed.
Puritalia Berlinetta at glance
The Italian “SuperHybrid”:
the most powerful Italian hybrid supercar
Proprietary hybrid powertrain that
offers the best of both worlds:
front mounted V8 combustion engine +
rear parallel mounted advanced axial
flux electric motor
Combined power: 965 hp – 1.248 Nm
Hybrid carbon fiber / aluminum chassis:
carbon fiber central tub with aluminum
sub-frames and suspension plates fully
CNC machined from a single aeronautical
Pre-preg carbon fiber body panels and
interiors with carbon fiber exposed
Proprietary patented technology
Puritalia Purhydrive© for smart management of the electric power through
auto-learning of driving style and
cloud-based AI (Artificial Intelligence)
Puritalia eMozione© to raise the torque
provided by the electric motor up to
additional 370Nm on-demand.
Puritalia Digital-DNA© – fully connected vehicle control system to manage
the entire car through the interior
touch-screen, vocal controls, and remotely by smartphone.
Puritalia Orchestra© – quad titanium
exhaust system with smart electronic
modulation and active side pipes
Exclusive buying experience reserved
for a select elite of car enthusiasts and
collectors (Puritalia Ambassadors)
Puritalia Sartoria© program providing
a personal design team to assist each
customer during the specification and
building process of their car with the
highest degree of customization and
direct contact with the Design Team.
Production limited to 150 cars
The name Berlinetta is a traditional Italian term that refers to classic
sports cars, specifically luxury two seaters with a shape that is
harmonious and balanced, never extreme.
There is a level of luxury and exclusivity in owning an entirely unique car
– it’s the privilege to be noticed, to stand out from the crowd. It’s an object
that excites, whether you’re driving or simply admiring it.
The front engine and long hood recall the proportions of supercars lost
to the past; sitting further back in the car provides a unique feeling and
experience now abandoned by modern supercars.
It’s a luxury “Gran Turismo” that does not scream its performance to the
world, but hides it – almost deceptively – behind the beauty of its forms.
It’s a term that means a car at the height of automotive technique and
performance, but one with a style that recalls the great coupés and
custom-built cars of Italy’s Golden Age.
It’s a car that is custom built for you, a true connoisseur of sports cars.
For us, the Berlinetta represents all of this and it does so in the distinctive
Puritalia Automobili style.
The Carbon-Aluminum hybrid chassis has been designed to ensure both
lightness and strength, as well as to stand out for its style.
The central tub is made of pre-impregnated carbon fiber and cured in
an autoclave at 180 degrees – it offers maximum torsion rigidity and
the beauty of an object perfectly integrated with the interior style, as it
remains fully visible in the inside of the car.
The front and rear sub-frames are made of aeronautical aluminum with
suspension plates entirely CNC machined from solid billets.
Each of the 4 suspension plates is manufactured from a single block
of 120Kg of this aluminum, but only weigh about 10Kg by the end – an
enormous effort whose final result allows all the suspension components,
including control arms and shock absorbers, to connect on a single
engineered piece without any joints, connections or welds.
This provides not only extreme rigidity and resistance, but most
importantly, a centesimal precision in the position of the suspension
components – and therefore in the suspension geometry and kinematics.
In the most classic of craftsmen’s traditions, each customer can choose
the finish of all components of the frame. Each aluminum piece can
be painted, powder coated, or anodized in the color of choice, and are
brushed and polished by hand, and the carbon fiber tub can be finished
in any degree between full gloss and matte finish.
The complete chassis, including all structural supports for radiators,
engine, transmission and the electric motor weighs only 150Kg.
Puritalia Berlinetta adopts a plug-in hybrid powertrain based on
a front-mounted V8 engine and a parallel rear-mounted axial-flow
electric motor, placed on the rear of the differential.
Compared to the classic hybridization solutions that are generally very
heavy and invasive, Puritalia uses only highly advanced components
and technologies that are able to offer incredible performances (up to
370Nm of additional torque) at the “cost” of only 90Kg.
Internal Combustion Engine
The combustion engine is a modern V8 5.0L 32-valve double overhead
camshafts (DOHC) and dual variable timing independent (Ti-VCT).
To ensure optimal weight distribution and a lower center of gravity, the
engine is positioned entirely behind the front track axle in a rather low
position, thanks to the dry sump lubrication.
The engine is supercharged by a 2.9L twin-screw compressor that offers a
progressive increase in torque, even at low revs, at a constant pressure of
The compressor is equipped with a liquid intercooler with 2 radiators
located in the side air intakes of the front bumper.
The combustion engine alone delivers 750 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and
878 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.
The all-aluminum engine block has been specially developed for the
requirements of the Berlinetta and is supplied by a specialized American
company. The final assembly of the internal components of the engine is
carried out meticulously, by hand, in Italy.
Among the many available options, customers can choose to have the
engine block entirely CNC machined from a single aluminum billet, with
their name permanently engraved in – a technical detail that offers further
personalization and technical refinement to the engine compartment.
The engine’s electronics management is entrusted to a MOTEC ECU,
and is supported by a software package that was specially developed by
Puritalia and a proprietary OBDII control unit that comply with stringent
EURO 6 environmental regulations.
The engine’s ECU is managed by the proprietary system Puritalia
Purhydrive© which acts as the orchestra director to all the components of
the powertrain: combustion engine, electric motor, battery management
system and gearbox AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) system.
The advanced axial flux electric motor is supplied by Yasa and produces
up to 370 Nm of torque and 215hp of peak power at a weight of just
over 25Kg. The engine was integrated by Puritalia directly on the rear
differential, thanks to its extremely compact diameter of 305mm and
axial depth of 106mm.
In this configuration, the torque delivered by the electric motor bypasses
the gearbox gear ratio and acts directly on the rear wheels through the
final ratio only. This configuration is optimal to transfer the enormous
torque provided the electric motor to the wheels, that is always fully
available from 0 to 7,000 rpm.
The control of the electric motor acts alongside the automated gearbox
control AMT, increasing the thrust during the opening of the clutch
necessary for gear shifting. This results in continuous acceleration – even
during gear changes.
Puritalia engineers also incorporated an electronically managed clutch
that disengages the electric motor from the differential in specific usage
conditions to avoid dragging when it’s not needed.
To ensure the performance of the electric motor even during the most
intense periods of use, the engine temperature is constantly monitored
and managed by a cooling system that provides a flow of up to 20 liters /
hour of dielectric oil.
Puritalia Berlinetta has two lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO) battery
packs, entirely designed and built by Puritalia, that guarantee a total
capacity of 5.2 kWh; the main battery pack is positioned under the trunk
area while the secondary is in the area behind the seats, in a low position
for the car’s center of gravity.
The two 700V battery packs are dynamically managed in parallel; they’re
used individually in normal conditions, and in combination (to raise the
current up to 230A) when the Puritalia eMozione© function is activated, in
order to provide the maximum power and torque.
A complete charge of the battery packs requires just over 3 hours via an electric socket and the
special charger supplied with the car. The batteries can also be charged during braking and while
coasting through a special function that can be activated by the driver.
Both battery packs integrate the BMS (Battery Management System) and cooling management
A great deal of attention was given to studying heat diffusion and resulted in the design of
the appropriate cooling systems, because, contrary to what one might think, the electrical
components of the hybrid powertrain generate as much heat as a combustion engine.
The air intake on the hood leverages the air depression to facilitate the expulsion of heat from the
The cooling of the powertrain is carried out by 10 radiators positioned near the air intakes on the
front and rear bumpers and the flat bottom
of the car.
These radiators provide for the cooling of the combustion engine, the intercooler, the transmission,
the differential, the electric motor, the AC inverter, and the battery packs.
The transmission is 7-speed with AMT electro-hydraulic robotization with
steering wheel controls.
For the optimal balance of the weights, the gearbox is positioned in the
rear of the car and connected to the engine by a carbon fiber torque tube
that hosts the light carbon fiber driveshaft.
The 210mm diameter torque tube also acts as a structural element,
helping to substantially increase the torsional rigidity of the chassis.
The AMT system was developed by Puritalia in collaboration with a leading
Italian company in the sector and allows for a gear change in about 150
milliseconds, torque-to-torque. At the same time, the electric motor keeps
pushing its torque to the rear wheels for virtual “zero-delay” shifting.
The AP racing 3-disc clutch, controlled directly by the electro-hydraulic
AMT actuators, is manufactured with custom-made friction material that
has been specifically formulated for the torque specs of the Berlinetta
and its road use purposes, ensuring a smooth modulation and firm
engagement even in standing maneuvers.
The gearshift can be set in automatic or manual mode; when in manual
mode, the gearbox is operated through the paddle-shifters located at the
The limited slip differential is electronically operated (eLSD).
The Puritalia Berlinetta is also unique in the driving modes it offers.
There are 4 driving modes, as well as a bonus one called “Individual”
that can be customized ad hoc, based on the driving style of the owner.
The SuperHybrid is the driving mode that offers maximum driving
enjoyment, intended as a perfect balance of performance and comfort. In
this mode, the car is connected to the Puritalia Purhydrive© cloud-based
system for efficient management of the energy used by the electric motor,
which is dynamically provided by Artificial Intelligence algorithms that
focus on self-learning the driving style, the driver’s habits, and online live
In this mode – still hybrid – the driving is more sporty, thanks to the
progressive stiffening of the suspension and steering. The accelerator
pedal becomes more responsive, and the combustion engine switches on
a more powerful map. The robotized gearbox becomes more aggressive
and reduces shift times to a minimum. All of this is unmistakably
emphasized by the sound of the 4 exhaust tips that, through the Puritalia
Orchestra©, provide a greater opening of the valves that regulate the
active side pipes.
Here, all electronic controls are excluded for the pure track experience.
The electric motor provides its peak power continuously. The combustion
engine switches on the most powerful and aggressive racing map, and
the exhaust sound provided by the Puritalia Orchestra@ system become
And finally – designed for entry and exit from urban centers, the
Berlinetta can travel up to 20Km in this exclusively electric mode. Though
not yet available, E-Power will be with a remote update of the onboard
software in the future.
The Berlinetta production is limited to 150 cars.
Price starts at Euro 465,000 + VAT, depending on the country of delivery.
Each Berlinetta is built to the customer’s specifications to guarantee that
each car is truly unique and adheres to the Puritalia brand philosophy –
according to which, each of its cars:
Must be built strictly by hand, in limited series;
Must be heavily customized for each customer;
Must be built in Italy, exclusively by expert Italian artisans;
Must have a distinctive technological footprint that differentiates it from
Is not for everyone, but only true connoisseurs that appreciate the car in
Owning a Berlinetta is not like any other car.
Owning a Berlinetta means becoming part of an exclusive club of sports
car enthusiasts who embrace the Puritalia philosophy that sees each
customer as an “Ambassador” of the brand.
For this reason, each customer is asked to actively participate in
the building process of their car, and to know every technical and
constructive detail. Each customer shall assist in-person at key stages
of the building process, like the first engine fire-up and the exciting
moment of final delivery.
A rigorous selection process guarantees that each customer embraces
this philosophy, and understands what it means to become a Puritalia
Furthermore, through the exclusive Puritalia Sartoria© program, the
customer will be able to experience this journey of building their own car
as an extension of their taste and personality.
Each customer is assisted by our Chief Designer and the Design Team
who will work with them during every phase of the personalization done
from either pre-packaged or completely custom options.
However, among the many pre-packaged options, there are a few that
qualify as “Exclusive Option” and are reserved for just one car; others are
“Limited Option”, like the exposed carbon fiber bodywork, for only 10 cars;
and a special aerodynamic package is limited to only five.
Carbon fiber central tub with aluminum sub frames and CNC billet aluminum suspension plates.
Two seater – full pre-impregnated carbon fiber bodywork
Puritalia V8 5.0L 32V DOHC Ti-VCT with CNC billet aluminum block
2.9L twin-screw Supercharger
Dry sump oil lubrication system
Compression ratio: 11:1
Power: 750hp @ 7,000 rpm – 878Nm torque @ 4,400 rpm
Advanced AC axial flux electric motor
Oil cooled stator
7.000 max rpms
Dynamic disengagement system
Max Power @700V: 215Cv
Max Torque @700V: 370Nm
Combined power: 965hp @ 7.000rpm – 1.248 Nm Torque
Two 700V lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO) battery packs
Integrated BMS (Battery Management System)
Integrated cooling system
Total capacity: 5.2 kWh
AC inverter – water cooled
External plug-in inlet with external high power charger
7-speeds AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox with steering wheel paddle shifters
Bespoke AP Racing clutch with triple disks
Electronic limited slip differential (eLSD)
Structural carbon fiber torque tube with carbon fiber driveshaft
1 – 2.29
2 – 1.61
3 – 1.21
4 – 1.00
5 – 0.82
6 – 0.68
7 – 0.45
R – 2.70
Final ratio: 3.42
Independent short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone
Anti-dive and anti-squat geometry
CNC billet aluminum control arms and uprights
Twin tube coil-overs with electronic DDC (Dynamic Damping Control) system
Tubular adjustable anti-sway bars – Front: 32mm – Rear: 29mm
Fixed front and rear calipers
Front: Brembo 380mm/32 6 pistons
Rear: Brembo 380mm/28 4 pistons
Drilled auto ventilated steel disks (Optional: carbo ceramic disks)
Performance ABS (Antilock Brake System)
EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution)
Michelin Pilot Super Sport (runflat)
Front: 285/30 R19
Rear: 335/25 R20
Single piece monoblock
Aerospace-grade 6061-T6 forged aluminum CNC machined
Finish and painting at customer specification
Front: 19 x 10-inch
Rear: 20 x 12.5-inch
Steering gear ratio: 12.0 to 16.4
EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering)
Turns lock-to-lock: 2.53
Turning circle: 12 meters
Quad titanium exhaust system
Handmade exhaust headers 4-to-1
Dual high-flow metallic catalytic converters
Four CNC billet aluminum exhaust tips
Active side exhaust pipes with electric actuated valves
Puritalia Orchestra© for dynamic exhaust sound modulation
1410 Kg curb weight
Weight distribution (% front / rear): 50/50
EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution)
eLSD (Electronic Limited Slip Differential)
EPB (Electric Parking Brake)
EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering)
DDC (Dynamic Damping Control)
2007/46/CE – Euro 6b
335 Km/h (electronic limited)
0-100 Km/h 2.7 seconds
0-200 Km/h 7,2 seconds
0-400 meters 9,5 seconds
100-0 Km/h 31 meters