This 1900 horsepower electric hypercar will make you forget the Tesla Model S poster.

It was in Piedmont, Italy that Pininfarina began production of 150 examples of its electric “hyper GT” Battista. Manufactured by hand and customization taken to the extreme.

We need to go back to 2018 to find the first trail of the Battista, the first car signed by 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 first presented to the public. A “Hypercar” or rather “Hyper GT” as the famous Italian coachbuilder likes to represent it, embarking on a great automotive manufacturing adventure. The production of which also began in July 2022 in Cambiano, Italy, in the Piedmont region, where the very first copy of the “serial” Battista left the workshops.

Up to 28 weeks per car

Created to assemble the most powerful Italian hypercar to date, the 2300 m2 workshops are staffed by a team of craftsmen divided into fourteen workshops that combine state-of-the-art production machines and many other craft processes.

The standard paint cycle alone takes three to four weeks to apply different layers of one of 28 colors inspired by the Piedmont region. The elytra doors, as far as they are concerned, are assembled in two days.

Battista in Monaco 2

As Pininfarina explains in her press release, Battista will be released in a total of 10 weeks. We’re talking about the “basic” Battista because for the five customers who already got their hands on the hand-painted version of the “Anniversario” there’s still 18 more weeks to add! Each Battista requires ten craftsmen to assemble, amounting to at least 1,250 hours of handmade work. Once again, a more exclusive anniversary model extends runtime to 1,340 hours.

At the end of the process, each Pininfarina Battista is inspected for 24 hours on a lift before it goes on a road test. After everything is checked, we can remove the protective film for the final inspection of the body.

14 quintillion streetwear

The customer experience that Pininfarina wants for its Battista requires the utmost in personalization. The goal, obviously, is that no two are alike. And with 13.9 quintillion (billion trillion!) exterior combinations (body color, brake caliper color, wheel trim…) and 128 million possible interior configurations, the chances that your neighbor’s Battista is the same as yours is nil.

Pininfarina accompanies its customers in the process of personalizing their car, which includes the opportunity to come into a showroom created especially in the assembly shops to touch the materials, discover and define the colors… When you pay at least 2.6 million eurosthis is the bare minimum.

And, of course, customers will not be left alone with the delivery of their Battista: they will receive after-sales service through three programs that can range from service for five to ten years to after-sales service of a body painted in its original configuration at the time of production.

100 km/h in 2 seconds

Let’s end with a reminder: about the mechanics and performance of the Pininfarina Battista. And they are impressive. A 120 kWh battery powers four electric motors, one for each wheel (two of 250 kW and 280 Nm at the front, two of 450 kW and 900 Nm at the rear). With 1,900 horsepower and 2,340 Nm of torque, the Battista can accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in less than two seconds (1.8 seconds) and to 350 km/h at top speed. As for autonomy, it is estimated at 500 km on the WLTP cycle.

Figures that are very close to their avowed rival: Rimac Nevera. With 1,914 horsepower, 2,360 Nm of torque, 0-100 km/h in 1.97 seconds and a top speed of 412 km/h, on paper the Croatian electric hypercar retains a very small lead. It remains only to decide between them on the track. As well as with the first deliveries of Battista to customers this summer, the wait is not long, especially since the supply of Rimac Nevara has just begun! In comparison, the Tesla Model S Plaid accelerates from 0 to 100 km in 2.1 seconds thanks to 1020 horsepower distributed between three engines. But it’s a family sedan with a big trunk and a lot cheaper!

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