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Pininfarina’s Hotly Anticipated All-Electric Battista Hypercar Is Now Officially in Production

Pininfarina’s Hotly Anticipated All-Electric Battista Hypercar Is Now Officially in Production

Automobili Pininfarina’s electric hypercar is now a reality.

The coachmaker-turned-manufacturer announced on Wednesday that the Battista has entered series production at its atelier in the Piedmont region of Italy. And with an all-electric powertrain that can pump out 1,900 hp, the futuristic coupé is sure to give its close relative, the Rimac Nevera, a run for its money as the top performance-oriented EV on the market.

Production of the $2 million car, which Pininfarina is calling the “world’s first pure-electric hyper GT,” will be carried out in a dedicated 7,546-square-foot space located at the marque’s headquarters in Cambiano. A team of 10 craftspeople will build each Battista at the facility. Each EV takes 1,250 hours to complete, with the ultra-exclusive Anniversario variant requiring an additional 90 hours of work because of bespoke elements and a hand-applied finish.

Production of the Battista has begun in Italian city of Cambiano. 

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Why is it such a big deal that the Battista is going into production? Because the EV, which will be limited to just 150 examples, is a genuine battery-powered hypercar. It features a sleek, flowing design that’ll look familiar to anyone familiar with the coachbuilder’s past work. Even more impressive, though, is the powertrain that it shares with the Nevera. The setup includes four electric motors connected to a 120 kWh battery that combine to churn out an astonishing 1,900 hp and 1,696 ft lbs of torque (which is somehow still less than the 1,914 hp and 1,740 ft lbs of torque produced by its cousin). Thanks to all that power, the Battista can rocket from zero to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 217 mph. It does all this while still maintaining a real-world range of 300 miles.
“The Battista hyper GT is the realization of a dream, which began with design icon Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina’s ambition to create a beautiful car bearing only the Pininfarina name,” the marque’s CEO, Per Svantesson, said in a statement. “We are proud to have achieved that goal and in doing so, we lead a movement into an exciting new luxury era, where design purity and a focus on sustainable innovations will shape a series of incredible new vehicles from Automobili Pininfarina.”

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The company isn’t kidding about the Battista having entered production, either. Accompanying the announcement were pictures of the first production example of the car at its debut client test experience in Monaco, according to Motor1.com. That same EV will also be on hand at the Monterey Car Week next month for anyone who wants to see it in person.

Pininfarina Designed a Striking New Tractor for Grape Picking

Pininfarina Designed a Striking New Tractor for Grape Picking

We tend to think of tractors as purely functional vehicles, but there’s no reason one can’t turn heads, too.  New Holland Agriculture has enlisted famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina to help design its new striking new Straddle Tractor Concept.

Typically, grape vines are grown atop steep slopes separated by just about five feet of space. Because the pathways are so narrow the fruit has to be picked by hand. That’s because a conventionally sized tractor would likely damage the grapes and vines. This is why the Straddle Tractor Concept has such a distinctive physique, especially when compared to the tractors normally used for agriculture. Its tall, forward-leaning cab is widest at its peak before tapering into a much narrower base, giving it a look vaguely resembling a champagne flute. This shape is also meant as a nod to the premium wine makers that will make use of it. More practically, it helps the vehicle navigate the narrow pathways in a vineyard.

The Pininfarina-designed New Holland Agriculture Straddle Tractor Concept 

New Holland Agriculture

The concept tractor features a plush cab that will also make grape picking easier. It’s fitted with wraparound glass, giving the operator an unobstructed view of their surroundings. There’s also a comfortable seat that rotates and handsome wood trim that nods to wine barrels. Finally, the entire rig will be powered by an electronic traction system. New Holland didn’t provide specs, but its fair to say it would run significantly cleaner than a traditional, gas-powered model.
“Our ground-breaking straddle tractor concept offers a glimpse into the future that premium wine growers with narrow, high-value vineyards can aspire to,” Carlo Lambro, New Holland’s president, said in a statement.

Inside the Straddle Tractor Concept 

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Though Pinanfarina is best known for cars designs—like the Ferrari Testarossa, Maserati GranTurismo and the just-unveiled Foxtron Model E—this isn’t the company’s first shot at tractor design. In 2015, the coachbuilder designed another concept for Zetor Tractors. The tractor never went into production, but elements from the design made their way into future models from the company.
Let’s hope the second time’s a charm.

Watch: Pinanfarina Shows Off the All-Electric Sedan It Designed With Foxconn

Watch: Pinanfarina Shows Off the All-Electric Sedan It Designed With Foxconn

Earlier this week, Apple manufacturer Foxconn announced it was getting into the car business with a new line of electric cars. The EV line is called Foxtron, and the most promising of the trio is the Model E luxury sedan designed by Pininfarina. Now, the legendary Italian coachbuilder is sharing a guided video tour of the upcoming battery-powered saloon, led by the brand’s chief creative officer Kevin Rice. And, while we still have plenty of questions, we’re even more intrigued by the EV than before.

At a glance, the Foxtron Model E doesn’t look entirely dissimilar from Lucid’s eagerly anticipated debut EV, the Air. Both sedans feature a design that’s at once sleek and commanding, though Foxconn’s car—in true Pininfarina fashion—has even smoother lines and curves. Where the Model E really separates itself, though, is its lighting package. In addition to its ultra-bright headlamp strip and taillights, the vehicle’s front, sides and rear feature smart surfaces that help it communicate with the outside world. Thanks to these integrated light-up panels, your car will indicate when it’s turning, greet you as you open your door and alert pedestrians when it’s safe to pass. It’s a feature that’s both cool and useful.

The Foxtron Model E’s smart surfaces at work 

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Rice also took time to go over what to expect from its spacious interior. It may not be revolutionary—unlike what we’ve seen from the Mercedes-Benz EQS and its 57-inch “hyperscreen”—but it does look sophisticated, with leather upholstery, metal accents and ambient lighting all complementing each other. In the front, a large display panel extends from the driver-side door to the middle of the dashboard. In addition to housing the vehicle’s facial recognition safety feature, it appears that it will also include a digital gauge cluster as well as a large screen for infotainment purposes. Unfortunately, Rice didn’t say anything about the rear-seat “dedicated mobile office” that Foxconn teased on Monday.

Inside the Foxtron Model E 

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From the video footage, the Model E looks every bit the part of a luxury sedan. If Foxconn can also deliver the performance specs it’s promised—750 hp, sub-three second 0 to 62 mph time and a 466-mile range—it might be able to compete with cars like the Air, EQS and, the current industry leader, the Tesla Model S. Whether Apple will someday trust Foxconn to design the first Apple EV is an open question.

An iPhone Maker Just Debuted a Luxury EV Sedan Concept Designed by Pininfarina

An iPhone Maker Just Debuted a Luxury EV Sedan Concept Designed by Pininfarina

Foxconn wants to join the electric revolution.

The Taiwanese tech company, which is best known for manufacturing the Apple iPhone, announced official plans to get into the electric car business on Monday. And to show just how serious the company is about its surprising pivot, it unveiled three battery-powered prototypes: a luxury sedan, a crossover SUV and a bus.

As is the case with its most famous product, it doesn’t sound like Foxconn plans to sell EVs itself. They will instead be released under the “Foxtron” brand in partnership with other automakers, like Taiwan’s Yulon Motor Group, which built the prototypes on display Monday, according to a press release. It would seem that Foxconn’s real focus is on the platforms on which the vehicles are built. The company is promising some pretty big things from its all-new electric architecture, too, like 400-plus mile range and lightning-quick acceleration.

Foxtron Model C SUV 

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Perhaps the most intriguing of the trio us the Model E luxury sedan. The commanding four-door has a sleek design courtesy of longtime-Ferrari partner Pininfarina and a brutish powertrain. It’s unclear how many motors it will feature, but the tech company promises it will be capable of delivering 750 hp, launching from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and have an impressive 466-mile range. Those figures would put the Model E in the same league as the more powerful versions of the Lucid Air, Tesla Model S and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
Interestingly, the sedan does promise one novel amenity that those cars don’t. The company claims that the rear seating area can be transformed into a “dedicated mobile office.” There were no further details about what this will entail—and Foxconn did not respond to a request for elaboration from Robb Report—but it promises the vehicle will seamlessly connect with your mobile devices, something that could come in very useful for those whose jobs require constant connection, even while on the road. Other tech-oriented features include “smart windows” and doors that unlock via facial recognition.

Foxtron Model T bus 

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Like nearly every company looking to get into the EV game, Foxconn also intends to roll out a crossover SUV. The Model C features just as much interior space as the Model E, including seating for seven, despite its smaller size. It’s unclear how powerful it will be, but the company says the car will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and travel 434 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, the Model T—which we have to assume will have to undergo a name change if it’s ever released stateside—is a large bus that will be able to carry a full load of passengers 250 miles without stopping.

No release dates were announced for the Foxtron line of EVs, but it would seem Foxconn is ready to get to work. Last month, it acquired EV startup Lordstown Motor’s Ohio factory, according to CNET Roadshow. And earlier this summer, the company also bought its own semi-conductor chip plant. We’ll soon find out whether phones or electric cars make for better business.

First Drive: The All-Electric, 1,877 HP Battista Shows How Pininfarina Became Both Artist and Automaker

First Drive: The All-Electric, 1,877 HP Battista Shows How Pininfarina Became Both Artist and Automaker

Within the past several years, many of Europe’s few surviving coachbuilders have had to redefine themselves as boutique carmakers, with mixed results. Of these, Italy’s Pininfarina, arguably the most revered carrozzeria of them all, hopes to set the benchmark for both design and execution with its offshoot Automobili Pininfarina and the new 1,877 hp, all-electric Battista hypercar.

Testing the two-seater in Southern California’s high desert, we can’t come close to teasing its limits, but no matter. Pressing the throttle in Energica mode—“limited” to a mere 1,495 hp—is like teleporting to the next apex with a side effect of intense chest compression; dialed up to Furiosa, which allows access to every last horse, the acceleration feels like one of them kicked you in the solar plexus. No surprise, since the power train is supplied by EV wunderkind Mate Rimac and is the same one that underpins his Rimac Nevera, the fastest-accelerating production car in the world.

With four electric motors, the 1,877 hp Battista can be piloted from full stop to 60 mph in under two seconds. 

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Named after Pininfarina’s founder, the $2 million-plus Battista is equipped with an electric motor at each wheel and a 120 kwh high-power-density battery pack. The results are stats that read like typos: 1,696 ft lbs of torque, a 217 mph top speed and a zero-to-60 mph time under 2.0 seconds—quicker than MotoGP prototypes. Just when you’ve caught your breath from the absurd thrust, the Battista’s cornering prowess snatches it away again. The car vectors torque in a way we’ve simply never experienced, spinning the outside wheels faster than the inside front rubber in a corner, allowing the car to pivot on a tighter radius, or so it feels.
The Battista also turns a corner when it comes to the constructor’s design language. Automobili Pininfarina’s design director Luca Borgogno’s sleek, elegant work is a worthy offering to the gods of balance and proportion; squint and you just may glimpse a Ferrari 458 in the hips and sensuous haunches. But details such as the razor-thin rear LEDs and a split active-aero rear wing confirm that this beast is sui generis, the first product from a new Pininfarina, one that has evolved into artist and automaker both. No more than 150 examples of the Battista will be sold, with US deliveries starting in 2022.

Pininfarina’s Racing Simulator Lets You Cruise the Nürburgring From Home—and This One Is Up for Grabs

Pininfarina’s Racing Simulator Lets You Cruise the Nürburgring From Home—and This One Is Up for Grabs

Imagine being able to race your dream supercar around the Nürburgring whenever you please. That could soon be a (virtual) reality for the lucky collector who nabs Pininfarina’s high-tech driving simulator at auction.

Created in collaboration with The Classic Car Trust (TCCT), the Leggenda eClassic simulator was unveiled last year to mark Pininfarina’s 90th anniversary. On September 17, the futuristic machine will go under the gavel at RM Sotheby’s St. Moritz sale, where it’s estimated to fetch between CHF 120,000 and CHF 150,000 ($131,000  to $164,000 at current exchange).

This particular simulator is the first of nine that were handmade at Pininfarina’s factory in Cambiano, Italy. It aims to replicate the thrill of driving a rarified supercar on the most iconic tracks the world has to offer. And with chic European styling of a Pininfarina classic, it looks the part, too.

The curved Dell monitor provides an immersive experience. 

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The simulator’s design was inspired by by the famous Cisitalia 202. This two-seat grand tourer from the 1940s was so influential in postwar automobile design that it was showcased in the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark “Eight Automobiles” exhibition in 1951. In 1972, MoMA made it the first car ever to join an art museum’s permanent collection because of its statement-making bodywork. The Leggenda sports the same elegant lines and a timeless Argento Vivo (quick silver) paint.
It’s finished to Pininfarina’s meticulous standards, too. The lavish cabin is finished in rich tobacco-colored leather and is fitted with a comfy bucket seat that can support hours of driving. Like an actual car, the simulator is equipped with a wooden steering wheel, manual gear shifter and three pedals. It even has a vintage Hanhart chronometer mounted to the dash.
Arguably its most important feature is the hi-res Dell monitor, which curves to give the driver a more immersive experience. Through it, you can explore world-famous racetracks, such as Spa, Brands Hatch and Monza, along with serpentine alpine roads that emulate hill climbs.
The perks are aplenty, too. In addition to the sim itself, TCCT will scan and virtually recreate a classic car of the new owner’s choice. That means you can pick a special ride from real life to add to your digital garage. You’ll also get access to the eClassic Club for three years through which you can partake in training sessions, coaching, races or informal group drives.

All that makes a couple hundred thousand sound like a bargain.
Check out more photos below:

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Pininfarina Unveils the First Road-Ready Battista EV Hypercar, and It’s a 1,900 HP Beast

Pininfarina Unveils the First Road-Ready Battista EV Hypercar, and It’s a 1,900 HP Beast

The Pininfarina Battista is finally ready for the lime light.

Nearly two years after it was first announced, the battery-powered hypercar has been unveiled in its road-ready form by the Italian coachbuilder-turned-automaker. What better way to kick off Monterey Car Week than by delivering on promises that at one point seemed impossible to keep.

Pininfarina Battista electric hypercar 

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As part of the debut, Pininfarina released a slew of photos of the production-spec EV ripping around the curving roads of California. Fortunately, the car looks remarkably similar to prototype the brand first showed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019. The lines of its exposed carbon-fiber body flow gloriously from its sharp front fascia to the robust rear. Despite its elegant shape, the Battista was also clearly designed to go fast and has the pop-up rear wing to prove it.

Inside the Battista 

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Also unchanged are the Battista’s specs. The EV is powered by a 120-kWh battery pack connected to a quad-motor drivetrain that can generate up to a staggering 1,900 hp and 1,696 ft lbs of torque, making it the most powerful production vehicle built in Italy. The brand promises the ­car can rocket from zero to 62 mph in less than 2 seconds (which would give the Tesla Model S Plaid a run for its money). No top speed was mentioned, but it’s previously been quoted as 217 mph. Additionally, Pininfarina says the car has a range of 310 miles, according to the European WLTP testing cycle. (EPA test numbers tend to come in lower, so expect it to be closer to 280, which would still be more than respectable.)

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Pininfarina also unveiled the Battista’s artificial engine sound. It’s designed to be a kind of music to your ears—classical music, specifically. That’s because the EV’s unique soundscape has a core frequency of 54 Hz, which is a multiple of 432 Hz, or what Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi called “pure sound.” As you accelerate, the sound in the cabin will grow louder, but only in multiples of 54 Hz.
If you’d like to see the Battista for yourself, the $2.4 million electric hypercar will be on display at Monterey Car Week this weekend. Also on display will be the one-of-five Anniversario edition, which features aerodynamic enhancements and an even-more-expensive $2.9 million price tag.
Check out more photos of the Battista below:

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