Pininfarina Battista claims title of most powerful Italian car

Pininfarina Battista uses a 350-kW motor at each wheel for all-wheel drive

Published: April 6, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:54 PM

Pininfarnia Battista

Pininfarina’s latest creation, the Battista, is a 1,900-hp limited-edition $3-million hypercar that can go from zero to 100 km/h in under two seconds. It’s the most powerful car to be designed and built in Italy. And it’s electric.

Named after the company founder Battista Pininfarina (originally Battista Farina, nicknamed Pinin, or youngest/smallest), the Pininfarina Battista uses a 350-kW motor at each wheel for all-wheel drive and uses a 120-kWh battery that gives it a range of 483 km, while also endowing it with a top speed of 350 km/h.

“The Battista is a truly beautiful, guilt-free hypercar – the first EV to really fall in love with – because electricity enables us to develop it with zero emissions and as the most powerful car that will have ever been designed and built in Italy,” said Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina. “We hope that the Battista inspires a generation to consider electric cars, not just through the benefits of zero emissions, but also through the beauty and the performance that electrification offers.”

The carbon-fibre bodied Battista is the flagship of Pininfarina’s EV business (announced in 2018) and was reportedly 40% sold out before it was even introduced. Its unique combination of performance and Pininfarina design is expected to also make it desirable to supercar collectors.

There are still several of the hand-made cars available to be claimed, though it’s not known what part of the world they are in — production allotment is evenly split between North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.