Automobili Pininfarina’s ground-breaking Battista luxury electric hypercar will be revealed in three different beautiful specifications at the World Premiere of the all-electric hypercar in Geneva on 4th March at 20:30 (CET). All three examples will then be available to view by visitors to the Geneva International Motor Show 2019.
Visitors to this year’s Geneva show will see Automobili Pininfarina present two examples of the ground-breaking Battista hypercar on its stand. Potential clients wishing to express interest in owning Battista are invited to meet the Automobili Pininfarina sales team to discuss their requirements with the new brand on Stand 2146, in Hall 1 of the Palexpo exhibition centre.
A Grigio Luserna Battista features anodised aluminium detailing and accents in satin Blu Iconica on its dramatic satin grey body. With its unique, strong wheel design and a duo-tone black and tan interior, this specification presents a strong, well-defined and dynamic expression of Battista that still remains elegant.
The second Battista presents the Battista design pack, Iconica by Automobili Pininfarina. This Blu Iconica car represents the closest of the three cars to the traditional Pininfarina brand colour with an interpretation of Pininfarina blue. More electric in tone than Pininfarina’s traditional blue, reflecting the technological innovation within, multiple layers of paint make it a deep blue representing the ambition to deliver electric performance in a luxurious package. Aesthetically the car is more dramatic with bonnet and wing-mirror modifications that visually link the bonnet to the windscreen via carbon fibre blades. The front wing above the front LED light strip is visually divided into two, reflecting the car’s rear wing graphic and unifying the overall design.
Automobili Pininfarina’s Design Director, Luca Borgogno, explains: “We wanted Battista to be very Italian, with sensual curves to give back a feeling of the cars of the ’60s and the moment in time when sensual design in cars was to the fore and when Pininfarina really became iconic. The body form speaks this Italian language, with the details developed in collaboration with each car’s owner adding the accents and personality.”
Also in Hall 1 is Pininfarina SpA, on Stand 1241, where a third Battista design model will be displayed. The Pininfarina SpA team will be promoting its own specialist design services to prospective corporate clients throughout the show.
Finished in Bianco Sestriere, a pure pearlescent white, small colour details hark back to historic Pininfarina cars such as the legendary Ferrari Modulo concept, a classic example of how the Italian Carrozzeria produces understated, elegant and visually striking cars. One such design detail adds a red aluminium line along the flanks between the rocker and door, immediately ahead of the front wheel and running along the back from the rear wheels. This adds a ‘light touch’ of design, adding to the overall elegance of proportions. Red calipers and a dark chrome line over the window are the limits of decoration making this Battista the most purely representative of Pininfarina’s styling excellence.
The three Battistas clearly present Automobili Pininfarina’s solutions for ultra-high performance and beautiful style and each car’s exterior design shows how to elegantly integrate active and passive aerodynamics and performance functionality. Inside, there is an ergonomic obsession to ensure the car is accessible for every driver’s experience and skill – the layout of controls completely focused on maximizing drivability at 30 km/h or 300 km/h.
Feedback from the first Battista clients has also been incorporated in some of the three cars’ detailing with variations on a pure and classic Pininfarina design to more dramatic interpretations.
Further exciting personnel announcements will be made on the night including the arrival of one of the most highly respected engineers responsible for the development of a Formula 1‑inspired hypercar from a world-class luxury car brand. His name will be revealed alongside the three Battistas, which will be presented on the night by an exciting line-up of leaders and senior management at Automobili Pininfarina, Mahindra and Pininfarina SpA. These include Anand Mahindra, Michael Perschke, Paolo Pininfarina, Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing’s Formula E drivers and other special guests from the world of motorsport and sustainable motoring.
To illustrate the close links and technological synergy between the Battista and the Mahindra Racing cars, a uniquely liveried Formula E car will also be presented by Mahindra Racing, who currently lead the Formula E team and drivers’ championships.
Mahindra Racing’s involvement in the ground-breaking Formula E race series since race one, season one has built up a knowledge of electric powertrain technologies and systems management that will be of direct benefit to the Battista. Key engineering challenges such as power storage and delivery, cooling and software systems controls have been fine-tuned on the Mahindra Racing cars as the Formula E series has developed significantly since its first race in 2014. This fast-paced technological development helps fast-track the Battista’s testing and development cycle, especially considering that this programme will be led by Mahindra Racing’s most experienced driver, Nick Heidfeld.
Dilbagh Gill, CEO & Team Principal, Mahindra Racing Formula E Team, said: “The world premiere of the Battista hypercar is a pivotal moment in the evolution of performance cars driven by EV technology. I am delighted that our championship-leading team, Mahindra Racing, and drivers are here with Automobili Pininfarina to celebrate this moment with a bespoke version of our race car dedicated to Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina.”