To celebrate the designer’s 90th anniversary, the Battista EV supercar has been released.
It took three weeks to finish painting the Anniversario. It is drawn entirely by hand, even the small blue stripes separate the gray and the white. The Battista’s body notably needs to be disassembled after each coat of paint, which partially explains why Anniversario production is strictly limited to five not-inexpensive examples.
Luca Borgogno, the company’s design director, said Anniversario inaugurated a package called Furiosa. With this package there will be more front splitters, side rotors and wider air diffuser. By creating force down, the carbonfibre add-ons make the car faster around corners. Edition-specific logos add a finishing touch to the look.
Minimizing 10kg for the body is the central locking forged aluminum wheels wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero tires. The cabin receives redesigned seats, which will also be available on the standard Battista, and blue accents that match the exterior pinstripe.
The more ergonomic handlebars make taller and narrower as well as a relocated charging port surrounded by LEDs. Apparently the Anniversario illustrates the subtle changes that Pininfarina has made to hypercar since its announcement as a production-friendly concept at the 2019 edition of the Geneva motor show.
The charging port lights up when the car is plugged in so you’ll be able to recognise a Pininfarina from a distance. This will be on every car we produce in the future,” Borgogno pointed out.
Preparing for the Anniversario is still its four-motor powertrain that provides 1900bhp and 1696lb ft of torque. R Rene Wollmann, the company’s sports car director, shared that Battista was faster around Spain’s Calafat than Mahindra Racing’s one-seater vehicle taking part in Formula E events.
Engineers are notably learning how to make the powertrain more efficient, how to run more accurate simulations, and how to improve the battery. Some technologies being developed for the track will dive into future Pininfarina models in the 2020s.
Reliably repeatable performance inevitably comes up when the conversation turns to high-performance electric cars, Porsche cites it as one of the Taycan’s biggest selling points, but Pininfarina said it’s not a big concern because the Battista is not designed for intensive track use. Wollmann told Autocar his team will nonetheless wirelessly monitor every Battista in real-time and analyse the data to detect any and all powertrain-related faults. This practise is not unusual in this segment. Engineers will contact owners immediately if they notice a problem, though Wollmann added customers can opt out of this program if they’d rather not share driving data with Pininfarina and deal with potential issues themselves.
This model will be tested off the track about half of 2020. The model will make its dynamic debut at the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed and deliveries will begin by the end of the year.
Pininfarina priced the Battista Anniversario at €2.6 million (about £2.2 million), an astonishing increase over the standard car’s £1.7 million base price. And yet, it may already be too late to buy one. “The demand for the Battista Anniversario greatly exceeds the limited offer of just five cars.