1873-HP Pininfarina Battista EV Undergoes High-Speed Testing

  • The electric Pininfarina Battista has finished its first high-speed test at the Nardò test track in Italy.
  • This is one of nine prototypes being used to tune the car, which has torque vectoring and five selectable driving modes.
  • Pininfarina will build 150 examples of the 1873-hp Battista, with first deliveries scheduled for 2021.

    After completing engineering work on simulators and in wind tunnels, Pininfarina engineers have put the Battista hypercar on a real-world playing field. The electric coupe, with its claimed 1873 horsepower and 1696 lb-ft of torque, whizzed through its first round of high-speed laps on the 7.8-mile-long banked circuit at the Nardò test track in southeastern Italy.

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    Pininfarina would have had some insider trading about what to expect on the speed and handling courses there, since Croatian hypercar maker Rimac tested the upcoming—and closely related—Rimac C_Two at the same place almost exactly one year ago. Pininfarina paid Rimac $91 million for the carbon chassis and EV powertrain, the same as the one found in the C_Two.

    Next up is a testing program that puts nine prototypes on more tracks as well as public roads. People in white coats and Balenciaga sneakers need to hone the Battista’s suspension, four-motor torque-vectoring system, brake feel, aerodynamics, and regeneration from the Brembo CCMR carbon-ceramic brakes. There are also five driving modes to tune: Calma, Pura, Energica, Furiosa, and Carattere.

    On top of that, the Battista needs its soft luxuries fettled, including the “external soundscape” the hypercar creates while moving slowly. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R or Pirelli P Zero tires wrap around a set of 20-inch Prezioso wheels, or staggered 20- and 21-inch Impulso wheels, both in forged aluminum. Pininfarina promises a zero-to-62 mph sprint in less than two seconds, a run to 186 mph in less than 12 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph. It’s expected to reach customers starting in 2021.

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