Over the years, many have equated the design of a Pininfarina as a work of art, and now the latest hypercar is adding more credibility to the statement as the Battista had its public debut in the UK in support of an exhibition to Leonardo da Vinci.
The Italian sports and luxury car creator partnered up with The British Library, in London, to showcase the new Battista the facility’s main Piazza in support of the library’s landmark Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion exhibition, which runs through the summer.
“Leonardo proved that design and engineering can be revolutionary, functional and beautiful and this is a principle by which Pininfarina has lived throughout its 90-year history,” said Luca Borgogno, Automobili Pininfarina Design Director. “The Battista will set new levels for performance and deliver innovative engineering solutions in an elegant and beautiful body, so we hope it represents how we, as Italians, have been inspired by Leonardo for centuries.”
The display is promoted through a short film that celebrates the unique display car and Pininfarina’s ambitions for extreme performance, innovative engineering and beautiful style.
Scheduled to be hand-produced in 2020, Battista is the most powerful car ever produced in Italy. It’s also a zero-emissions, pure-electric coupe powered by a 1,900-hp, 1,700 lb-ft powertrain (four 350-kW motors, one at each wheel, fed by a 120-kWh battery).
Just 150 bespoke models will be made, each reported to accelerate to 100 km/h in about two seconds, and able to reach a top speed of 350 km/h.
The Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion exhibition commemorates the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death. The artist and inventor has become known as a thinker fascinated with the exploration of nature and motion, and the exhibition focuses on his notebooks, writings and drawings, such as the Codex Arundel, Codex Forster and Codex Leicester (all of which will be displayed together in the UK for the first time).