German vehicle manufacturer, Automobili Pininfarina unveiled the world’s first luxury pure-electric hyper GT, the Battista Anniversario on 2nd March 2020 in Munich. Crafted in honour of founder Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina’s original, legendary Pininfarina coachbuilder, the brand’s new hyper GT celebrates 90 years of establishment and is regarded the most powerful sports car to ever be designed and built in Italy.
Handcrafted in the Pininfarina headquarters of Cambiano, Turin, the Battista Anniversario is the world’s most exclusive automobiles with a total production of only five samples, priced at a minimum of USD$ 2,904,291.
With dynamic ability and bespoke heritage-inspired anniversary livery, each of the five Anniversario cars is finished in a combination of three signature colours: Bianco Sestriere, the never-seen-before Grigio Antonelliano, and Automobili Pininfarina’s signature Iconica Blu.
Building up the finish layer-by-layer, the car is hand-painted over a span of weeks by skilled artisans in Cambiano, through a series of repeated disassembly, to create the most precise and meticulous body of colour.
“Battista Anniversario features one of the most complex paint finishes in the world. The process of creating such a finish is akin to a great artist completing an Old Master painting. The result is more than just a visual work of art. Styling, balanced with ultimate performance, produces a genuine Pininfarina: the beauty of power and the power of beauty.” – Luca Borgogno, Chief Design Officer, Automobili Pininfarina.
Equipped with a ‘Furiosa’ package, compatible with any prior Battista, the Anniversary model features a revised carbon fibre front splitter, side blades and rear diffuser, finished in a two-tone combination of exposed signature carbon and carbon tinted in Iconica Blu with pin stripes in Bianco Sestriere.
With centre-lock forged aluminium wheels and the incorporation of aerodynamic enhancements enabled by the ‘Furiosa’ package, drivers of the Battista Anniversario will experience a reduction in unsprung weight of almost 10kg, dynamic balance, an increased downforce and greater stability at higher cornering speeds of up to 217 mph.
Sustainably crafted from black leather and black Alcantara, the Battista Anniversario’s unique seating showcases a specially engraved chassis plate, whilst its side wings read ‘Anniversario’ and the black anodized dedication door plaques a homage to the founding of Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1930 with signature ‘Pininfarina 90’ logos.
Promising a level of performance, unachievable today in any road-legal sports car utilizing an internal combustion engine, the Battista Anniversario boasts four electric motors generating 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque, a zero-emissions range of over 500 km, and a 120 kWh battery pack mounted within a strong T-shaped carbon frame low down in the chassis.
“I have piloted the quickest road and race cars in the world. I’ve never driven anything as powerful as the Battista. The Battista is faster than many race cars, but it is not a pure racing machine. Drivability in all situations is its primary focus. We will now concentrate our time testing and developing Battista to deliver a car that’s at the forefront of technological possibilities and innovation.” – Nick Heidfeld, Test and Development Driver, Automobili Pininfarina.
This summer, a very limited number of potential customers will be given the opportunity to experience the Automobili Pininfarina Battista’s thrilling performance at special drive events created around the world. With more than 150 Battista hypercars, including five Battista Anniversario cars, hand-crafted in Italy – delivery dates for first owners are set for end of 2020.