Mahindra Group firm Automobili Pininfarina unveils electric super auto

Only 150 models of the Pininfarina Battista will be made

Only 150 models of the Pininfarina Battista will be made

Automobili Pininfarina, the Italian design firm owned by Mahindra & Mahindra, has unveiled the world's first luxury electric hyper performance Grand Tourer (GT).

"I am delighted that our championship-leading team, Mahindra Racing, and drivers are here with Automobili Pininfarina to celebrate this moment with a bespoke version of our race vehicle dedicated to [company founder] Battista "Pinin" Farina".

Designed and built in Italy, Pininfarina Battista is slated to launch in 2020.

Interestingly, only 150 units of the Pininfarina Battista will be hand-crafted and will be equally allocated in markets like North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia. The year 2020 is also the 90th anniversary of the legendary Pininfarina SpA design house, which has taken the design brief for the Battista and produced a classic Pininfarina. The team behind building the Battista has also worked on the likes of Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, Ferrari Sergio, Lamborghini Urus, McLaren P1, Mercedes AMG-Project One, Pagani Zonda and Porsche Mission E.

The Pininfarina Battista gets gull wing doors
The Pininfarina Battista gets gull wing doors

"Faster than a current Formula 1 race auto in its 0 -100 km/h sub-two second sprint, and with 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque on tap, the Battista will combine extreme engineering and technology in a zero emissions package, " Itlaian automaker said in the release.

Automobili Pininfarina, which is owned by Indian multinational conglomerate Mahindra Group and based in Germany, said the battery will grant around 280 miles on a single charge. Pininfarina mentions that the design of the Battista is inspired and pays homage to designs such as the Cisitalia 202, Ferrari Dino Berlinetta Speciale, Ferrari Modulo, and Sintesi concept vehicle.

Speaking at the Munich show, Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke said for safety reasons a restricted engine version, with a top speed of 350 kmh (217 mph), would be released first. It combines true inspiration and innovation in its technical achievement and emotional appeal. Massive, carbon-ceramic 6-piston brakes (390 mm at the front and 390 mm at the rear) provide fade-free deceleration and hugely effective brake regeneration to the battery will be engineered into the system. The active rear wing features an air brake function.

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