Pininfarina Begins Battista Electric Supercar Production And Details The Incredible Process
Pininfarina has officially started production of the all-electric Battista marking a significant moment in history for the brand and the country. After an unveiling in 2019, the production facility is now hard at work to deliver all 150 examples of the 1,900-hp (1,416 kW) supercar. As these cars roll off of the line they go straight to the front of the line as the most powerful production sports cars ever crafted in Italy.
From start to finish the production cycle of just a single Battista will take 10 weeks and a total of some 1,250 hours. That process takes place in the Battista Atelier located in Cambiano, Italy. Formerly used as a study center for the brand, it’s been completely revamped to build this car and elevate the status of Pininfarina in the automotive world.
The company claims that the Battista will accelerate from 0-60 in less than 2 seconds and provide a WLTP range of some 300 miles (500 Km) too. It also says that no two examples will be identical and it’s given us some insight into how customers are involved before and during the build process. There’s even a five-unit special edition that takes 18 weeks to build.
Per Svantesson, Automobili Pininfarina CEO said: “The Battista hyper GT is the realization of a dream, which began with design icon Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina’s ambition to create a beautiful car bearing only the Pininfarina name. We are proud to have achieved that goal and in doing so, we lead a movement into an exciting new luxury era, where design purity and a focus on sustainable innovations will shape a series of incredible new vehicles from Automobili Pininfarina.” From all that the company has released today, we believe it.
Each Battista will be built by just 10 people over the span of 10 weeks. 14 different production and quality assurance zones make up the Atelier. That includes a three-week paint process and multiple zones requiring a stop of two days or more before the car can move on. When it gets to its final workstation it’s placed on a lift for 24 hours to complete a thorough wheel and steering alignment.
Those five special cars mentioned above are called the Battista Anniversario and they’re already sold. Each one of them takes 18 weeks to build and a total of 1,340 hours. They feature a heritage-inspired livery along with other design cues that pay homage to the famous Italian coachbuilder.
Not A Nevera In A New Suit
There’s no denying that the Battista shares much of its powertrain technology with the Rimac Nevera. That includes both the carbon tub and the electrical architecture but Pininfarina calls the Battista a pure-electric hyper GT. That phrase has been used to describe the Nevera too but the Battista seems less focused on pure lap times and instead aims squarely at providing a tailored suit approach to the car.
Each owner is invited to the Atelier to meet the production team and see their car being crafted. Pininfarina says that “a bespoke design proposal is created for each client before they are invited to Cambiano to work face-to-face with the designers, where they then refine their final specification.” A number of interior and exterior options exist all the way down to interior engravings and custom wheel finishes.
The options are so vast that Pininfarina says there are 128 million possible interior configurations and 13.9 quintillion exterior combinations. It sounds like it’ll have no problem making each of the 150 cars different enough.
The Ownership Experience After Purchase
Buyers get set up pretty well after taking delivery of their Battista. The automaker says that client services will be available for the lifetime of ownership and then extends a flying doctor service when needed. That’s right, a person or persons with “encyclopedic knowledge” of the car will fly anywhere in the world to help get it running at full power should there be a problem.
In addition, Pininfarina offers a trio of aftersales packages including Eccellenza, a five or 10-year maintenance program. Then there’s Futura which extends the powertrain and battery warranty for a total of ten years. Finally, Eterna offers buyers the chance to add replacement body parts (for future use if needed) that are constructed and painted along with the car itself to ensure a perfect match.