The Pininfarina Battista is reportedly the most powerful road-legal car ever to be built, with a 0-100 km/h in under two seconds, and 0-300km/h in under 12. More importantly though, it is electric.
Designed and built in Italy, the Pininfarina Battista was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, which got underway last week.
Why should we care?
Since its launch in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron has been regarded as the benchmark for the 21st century supercar.
It had tough specifications to meet: An output exceeding 1,000 horsepower, a top speed of more than 400 km/h and 0-100km in 2.5 seconds.
Now, the automotive industry is on the cusp of nearly doubling that output. But the crucial difference is that this power is coming from a zero-emission all-electric car.
The 1,900 horsepower output of the Pininfarina Battista comes from a battery pack developed by Rimac. The electric Battista, which will reportedly set you back more than £2m, claims to reach 0-100 km/h in less than two seconds and a top speed of at least 217mph.
Infamous Italian design house, Pininfarina SpA will be designing the car for Automobili Pininfarina, a new company fully owned by Mahindra & Mahindra.
Only 150 Pininfarina Battista will be made in total; 50 allocated for Asia, 50 for Europe and 50 for the US.
Full charge for electric vehicles
The hypercar was unveiled after other major electric transport solutions and news continues to dominate the automotive sector.
- Rolls-Royce recently revealed plans to build a zero-emissions plane expected to hit a target speed of over 300mph.
- A report by Deloitte predicted that by 2021, the cost of battery powered electric vehicles will match that of traditionally fuelled cars in the UK.
- An additional 21 million electric vehicles (EVs) will too be on roads across the world over the next decade.
- £20m to create the UK Mobility Data Institute was announced, this to create a focused research centre to collect, process and analyse transport data generated from autonomous and electric vehicles.
- Britain will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, and the UK government has pledged that at least half of all new cars sold in Britain should be low carbon by 2030.
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