New 2020 Pininfarina Battista hypercar set for Geneva debut

The Automobili Pininfarina Battista will be shown in three uniquely-specced versions at Geneva this year, previewing its options list

Automobili Pininfarina will debut its all-new electric Battista hypercar at Geneva in three unique specifications, the firm has announced. The Battista is the first own-branded model from the Italian coachbuilder.

Pininfarina has two stands at this year’s show. The company’s main stand, dedicated to the newly formed Automobili Pininfarina brand, will display two Battista models. The first will be finished in satin grey, featuring a range of satin blue accents, a two tone black and tan leather interior, anodised aluminium trim and unique 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres.

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Automobili Pininfarina’s second show car will be finished in Blu Iconica – a shade which closely matches the coachbuilder’s signature colour used on the early Battista teaser model. Other additions include a series of bonnet and wing-mirror modifications and a reworked LED light strip.

The third Battista will be shown on Pininfariana’s second stand, which is devoted to the Pininfarina SpA design house. Finished in pearlescent white, it features 21-inch alloy wheels, a red coachline above its side skirt, red brake calipers and dark chrome exterior trim. Like the other two models, it will also feature a range of active and passive aerodynamic systems.

Powered by an all-electric drivetrain, the Battista produces 1,900bhp and 2,300Nm of torque, making it the most powerful road car ever produced. Should the rumours be believed, it will go from 0–62mph in under two seconds and reach a top speed of 250mph. Pininfarina also claims the Battista will cover 310 miles between charges, but official figures are yet to be confirmed.

Pininfarina’s new Battista hypercar will launch in 2020. No more than 150 examples will be produced, with the USA, Europe and Middle East getting 50 examples each. Prices are expected to be between £1.5 million and £2 million.

Pininfarina Battista: a brief history

In 2015, the famous Italian coachbuilder and design house was acquired by the Indian firm Mahindra & Mahindra. Shortly after the acquisition, Pininfarina announced it would start producing its own vehicles as Automobili Pininfarina (alongside its existing consultancy business), borrowing the all-electric expertise gained by the Mahindra’s participation in the inaugural 2014–15 Formula E season.

The Battista’s design was carried out under the direction of Automobili Pininfarina’s recently-appointed design director, Luca Borgogno, who moved across from the firm’s existing consultancy division. The sketches released by the firm are said to be Borgogno’s early vision for the car.

Late last year Pininfarina named its new hypercar, dedicating it to the company’s founder, Battista Farina. When making the announcement, the company’s chairman Paolo Pininfarina, grandson to Battista Farina, said: “This is genuinely a dream come true. My grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars. For me, we simply had to call it Battista.”

To celebrate Pininfarina’s technological partnership with Mahindra Racing, a uniquely-liveried example of the Mahindra Formula E racer will feature on the firm’s second stand alongside the firm’s pearlescent white Battista.

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