Updated: Mar 6, 2019
Founded by Battista "Pinin" Farina in Turin, Italy in 1930, we are now welcomed into the future by a historic car builder. Pininfarina has designed and built cars for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and Cadillac, yes Cadillac. The 1947 Cisitalia 202 coupe Battista designed was the first car to become part of the Museum of Modern Art's Permanent collection. This car is now part of a rich history.
Boasting 1,874 horsepower and 1,696 lb-ft of torque, the car will hit 0-60 MPH in 1.9 seconds. All of this is achieved via an e-powertrain provided by Rimac Automobili. Yes, this car is fully electric. The design slightly resembles a Ferrari 488, which is a good thing. The overall design characteristics of this beauty are of a mid-engine super car. The carbon-fiber body makes for an overall weight of 4,500 lbs even with the heavy battery pack. Despite not needing air to provide the horsepower, the car still boasts five radiators located around the car to help manage the temperatures of the T-shaped, 120-kW-hr, lithium-manganese-nickel battery pack, and the four liquid-cooled Rimac synchronous permanent magnet e-motors. The beautiful arch in the fenders flows effortlessly to the rear accentuating the split rear wing while allowing for down-force.
"I love the wing," says design director Borgogno. "It looks like two separate fins. On other supercars the rear wing leaves an ugly, dead hollow space when it's raised, but on the Battista the wing is so thin it leaves just a shallow indentation, the floor of which we have perforated so that you can see into the rear airflow section."
The Battista will be built in Italy, adding to the impressive resume of cars built in Italy. With the way the car looks, the Battista will not look out of place surrounded by its Italian competition. Pininfarina claims the Battista will go 280 miles per between charges. Of course mileage will vary dependent on conditions and driving habits. The dynamics of the car were overseen by former F1 and Le Mans race driver Nick Heidfeld, who is also a development driver for Mahindra Formula E team. Alongside him is Peter Tutzer, who began his career with Porsche and eventually made chief engineer for their race car program. Tutzer has also worked for Pagani and Bugatti. It is safe to say that this car should hold some impressive lap times at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. Welcome to the future.