Pininfarina’s 1900bhp Battista hyper-EV

Pininfarina’s 1900bhp Battista hyper-EV


Say hello to the most powerful road-legal car ever to come out of Italy. It’s not a Ferrari. It’s not a Lamborghini. And it’s not a Pagani. It’s the Pininfarina Battista – a mad hyper-EV with approximately 1,900bhp and 1,696 torques. Let Rory Reid be your guide. First Looks: Car Walkarounds: Chris Harris Drives: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here. Make sure you’re subscribed to the official YouTube channel:

This is the Pininfarina Battista, a hypercar that's had a good, long
studious look at the hypercar manual, and then torn it to pieces with its teeth. To say this thing is slightly deranged might be a little bit
of an understatement. What we're looking at here
is what Pininfarina calls the world's first pure electric luxury
Hyper-GT. It'll go up against the likes of the
forthcoming Rimac Concept Two, Tesla Roadster,
hybrids like the McLaren Speedtail, and if we're talking about power,
I don't know, God? I think I'll get straight to the numbers
because everything else kind of pales in insignificance. Power, 1900 horses. Torque, 2300 Newton-meters. Emissions, none. It's difficult to wrap your head
around those kinds of numbers, but I'll put it another way, This is a road car with almost twice
the power of a Formula One racing car, more than three times the torque
of a McLaren F1, and the same environmental footprint
as a Nissan LEAF. Now, Pininfarina are saying
acceleration is going to be savage. Nought to 60 in under two seconds, That's F1 level of acceleration. Nought to 186 miles per hour
will take 12 seconds, quicker than a McLaren Speedtail, and it will have a V-max
just north of 217 miles per hour. You just don't see those kinds of numbers
on a normal road car, and there's a reason for that. They're just not possible
using an internal combustion engine. Pininfarina say, "If you want this kind
of acceleration, you have to go electric. Under the skin, they have used a big T-shaped lithium-manganese nickel
battery pack with a 120-kilowatt-hour capacity, supplied by the guys and girls at Rimac. It's essentially the same unit you get
in a Rimac Concept Two, and it's big enough for a range
of 450 kilometers. That battery pack feeds electrons to four separate electric motors,
one for each wheel. As you'd expect,
this allows for torque vectoring. The car can intelligently send
more or less power to each wheel independently to aid handling, or hypothetically switch
between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive to suit your taste. Those motors deliver instant torque. So much torque and so instantly that most of this car's driving modes actually limit the amount of torque
you have available in order to give the driver
a little bit of thinking space before the car launches you
into the next postcode. As for noise, well, they're promising
it won't be completely silent. Pininfarina say you'll not only hear
the motors, but they're also working
on an artificial sound that fits the car's personality. Think Tron 2.0. Those motors also provide an element
of energy recuperation through braking, but Pininfarina hasn't cheaped out
on the traditional brakes. Here, they've installed massive
390 mm carbon ceramic discs attached to six-pot calipers So the Battista should stop
just as violently as it accelerates. I wanted to get the numbers
out of the way first because they're so ludicrous. But the design is very important,
because design is what Pininfarina is most famous for. The company made its name styling some of the most iconic cars
on the planet, not to mention a few not-so-iconic ones. If you remember the Hyundai Matrix,
you'll know what I'm taking about. Pininfarina has kept the finest piece
of design for themselves, though. This thing is genuinely stunning. There's a lot going on here. I can almost see little bits
of Ferrari influence towards the front, maybe a touch of McLaren 720S
in this teardrop-shaped roof section. And I can almost see a little bit
of BMW i8 here going on towards the rear. The body is made entirely
of carbon fiber, on top of which we have this sweeping
teardrop-shaped glass canopy. At the front, you'll see a single
dynamic LED light strip between the headlights
used as a DRL and indicator, below which you'll find a smattering
of passive aerodynamic extras. At the side, the designers
have gone for quite a sensual but well-sculpted look.
Let's start with these wing mirrors. Now, these are actually functional
aero devices. They funnel air along the side of the car and into these vents,
feeding the radiators. Air also flows over the top of the car
and onto the split rear spoiler. Now, naturally, this is an active unit
that provides three levels of downforce and also acts as an air brake. Now, let's talk doors. This wouldn't be a pure electric
luxury Hyper-GT if it didn't have silly doors, right? And luckily, this has some of the silliest
in the business. Check this out. Butterfly doors. Very cool. And these are hinged on the roof itself
to give you an even larger opening to help you get in and out more easily. Speaking of which,
it would be rude not to. Oh, yes. I could get used to this. Screens everywhere. Leather.
Lots of buttons I want to press. The whole thing is designed
around the vanishing point concept. Now, I don't know exactly what that
means, but what I can see is that there are three primary displays. On the left-hand side,
we have a screen showing all your driving dynamics
and car settings. On the right-hand side,
we have your media and your sat nav. and in the center,
all your vital information, including your gears
and what speed you are doing. As for buttons, well,
it's a very minimalist design. There aren't too many in here,
but on the left-hand side, we do get a drive-mode selector
which can let you select Pura, Energica, and the most violent mode
of all, Furiosa. Plus in the center, we have
your gear selector switch essentially which puts you in drive,
neutral, park, or reverse. The whole thing, upholstery-wise, can be customized to within inch
of this car's life, which is another carrot that Pininfarina is dangling in front
of prospective buyers. Pininfarina's objective with the Battista is to create a blank canvas
and work with customers to create something that reflects
their individual personalities. You'll probably never see two Battistas
that look the same, but they should all look incredibly cool,
whether it's this matte gray with blue accents and aluminum detailing,
that's my favorite. Or the Pininfarina Blue
with chrome highlights. Actually, that's my favorite. Or the Pura pearlescent white.
Classic, understated, striking, and also my favorite. It's all very lovely and all very
exclusive as you might expect. Only 150 examples will be built, which means that by the time the car
is released in 2020, many of us might not actually get
a chance to see one in the carbon, which will be a massive shame
because it is just beautiful. Now, in terms of pricing, Pininfarina
haven't yet announced a figure. But if you got to ask, you might be better off shopping around
for something like a BMW i3. Elon, your move, buddy.

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