It is in Piedmont, Italy that Pininfarina began producing 150 examples of its electric “hyper GT”, the Battista. A production by hand, and an adaptation pushed to the limit.
We have to go back to 2018 to find the first trace of the Battista, the first car signed Automobili Pininfarina as a manufacturer. And it was on the shores of Lake Geneva, at the Geneva Motor Show 2019, 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 to those embarking on the great adventure of car production. Production which also began in July 2022 in Cambiano, Italy, in the Piedmont region, where the very first example of the “production” Battista left the workshops.
Up to 28 weeks per car
The 2,300 m2 workshops, designed to assemble the most powerful Italian hypercar at the moment, welcome a team of craftsmen divided into fourteen workshops that combine the most modern production machines and much more artisanal processes.
The standard paint cycle alone takes three to four weeks to apply the various layers of one of the 28 colors inspired by the Piedmont region. The doors in the elytron as for them, are assembled over two days.
As Pininfarina explains in its press release, it will take a total of 10 more weeks before a Battista sees the light of day. We are talking about a “basic” Battista, because for the five customers who have already got their hands on the hand-painted “Anniversario” version, another 18 weeks must be added! Ten craftsmen are needed to assemble each Battista, representing no less than 1250 hours of manual labor. And again, the more exclusive anniversary model bumps the time up to 1,340 hours.
At the end of the process, each Pininfarina Battista is checked for 24 hours on a lift before heading off for road tests. Once everything is checked, we can remove the protective film for a final check of the bodywork.
14 quintillion outdoor suits
The customer experience Pininfarina wants for its Battista requires extreme personalization. The goal is of course that no two are alike. And with 13.9 quintillion (billion trillion!) exterior combinations (body color, brake caliper color, wheel finish…) and 128 million possible interior configurations, the chance that your neighbor’s Battista is the same as yours is reduced to nothing.
The Battista next to the bespoke room in 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 full range of customization options at the Battista workshop in Cambiano, including interior and exterior color combinations, materials and specifications.
Pininfarina accompanies its customers in the process of personalizing their car, which in particular involves the possibility of coming to the lounge set up specifically within the assembly workshops to touch the materials, discover and define the colors… When you pay at least 2.6 million eurosit’s the smallest things.
And customers certainly won’t be left in the wild with their Battista once it’s delivered either: they’ll benefit from after-sales assistance under three programs, which can range from maintenance for five to ten years, up to an aftermarket, painted to original configuration at the time of production.
100 km/h in 2 seconds
Let’s finish with a reminder: the one concerning the mechanics and performance of the Pininfarina Battista. And they are impressive. Its 120 kWh battery drives four electric motors, one in 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 enable 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 on the WLTP cycle.
Figures very close to its all designated rival: 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 slight advantage. All that remains is to choose between them on the field. And with the first customer deliveries of Battista this summer, there might not be a long wait, especially since deliveries of the Rimac Nevara have just started! For comparison, the Tesla Model S Plaid announces 0 to 100 km in 2.1 seconds with its 1,020 horsepower distributed among its three engines. But it is a family sedan with a large trunk and much cheaper!
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