It was in Piedmont, Italy, that Pininfarina began production of 150 examples of its electric “hyper GT”, the Battista. A production by hand, and an adaptation pushed to the lips.
We have to go back to 2018 to find the first trace of the Battista, the first car signed by Automobili Pininfarina as a manufacturer. And it was on the shores of Lake Geneva, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, that the electric hypercar was presented to the public for the first time. A “hypercar”, or rather a “hyper GT” as the famous Italian coachbuilder likes to present it, which started the great adventure of car production. Production also started in July 2022 in Cambiano, Italy, in the Piedmont region, where the very first copy of the “production” Battista left the workshops.
Up to 28 weeks per car
The 2,300 m2 workshops set up to assemble the most powerful Italian hypercar currently welcome a group of artisans, divided into fourteen workshops, that combine the latest production machines, and many other artisanal processes.
The standard paint cycle alone takes three to four weeks to apply different coats of one of 28 colors inspired by the Piedmont region. The doors of the elytron as well as for them, are assembled in two days.
As Pininfarina explained in its press release, a total of 10 weeks are needed for a Battista to see the light of day. We are talking about a “basic” Battista, because for the five customers who have already got their hands on the “Anniversario” version with hand painting, another 18 weeks must be added! Ten craftsmen are needed to assemble each Battista, representing no less than 1250 hours of manual work. And again, the more exclusive anniversary model breaks the time up to 1,340 hours.
At the end of the process, each Pininfarina Battista is inspected for 24 hours in an elevator, before leaving for road tests. Once everything is checked, we can remove the protective film for a final inspection of the bodywork.
14 quintillion outdoor suits
The customer experience Pininfarina wanted for its Battista required intense personalization. The goal is to make it obvious that no two are the same. And with 13.9 trillion exterior combinations (body color, brake caliper color, wheel finish…) and 128 million possible interior configurations, the chances that your neighbor’s Battista is the same as yours are slim. to the left.
The Battista is next to the Bespoke space at Automobili Pininfarina’s Atelier Battista in Cambiano.
Atelier Battista’s configuration suite allows customers to draw inspiration from the design team to create the Battista of their dreams.
Customers can choose from a whole range of customization options in the Battista workshop in Cambiano, including interior and exterior color combinations, materials and details.
Pininfarina accompanies its customers in the process of personalizing their car, which especially involves the possibility of going to the lounge set up specifically inside the assembly workshops to touch the materials, learn and discover an the colors … If you pay at least 2.6 million eurosit is the least of things.
And certainly, customers will not be left in the wild with their Battista once delivered: they will benefit from after-sales assistance according to three programs, which can range from maintenance for five to ten years, up to an aftermarket body painted original configuration during production.
100 km/h in 2 seconds
Let’s finish with a note: about the mechanics and performance of the Pininfarina Battista. And they are impressive. Its 120 kWh battery has four electric motors, one for each wheel (two 250 kW and 280 Nm at the front, two 450 kW and 900 Nm at the rear). The power of 1,900 horsepower and the torque of 2,340 Nm allow the Battista to reach 100 km/h, standing start, in less than two seconds (1.8 seconds), and 350 km/h at top speed. As for autonomy, it is estimated at 500 km in the WLTP cycle.
Figures very close to all its designated rival: the Rimac Nevera. 1,914 horsepower, 2,360 Nm of torque, 0 to 100 km/h in 1.97 seconds and a top speed of 412 km/h, on paper, the Croatian electric hypercar retains a very small advantage. All that remains is to decide between them on the track. and with the first customer deliveries of the Battista this summer, there may not be a long wait, especially since Rimac Nevara deliveries have just started! For comparison, the Tesla Model S Plaid announces 0 to 100 km in 2.1 seconds with 1,020 horsepower distributed among its three motors. But it’s a family sedan with a big trunk and very affordable!
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