The electric supercar is set to debut closer to production form in Geneva next month.
It's been almost a year since Pininfarina first showcased the Battista, laying down the gauntlet with the promise of a 1,900-horsepower electric hypercar to spearhead its forthcoming new line of EVs. The task at hand since has been to deliver on that promise, and it's been hard at work bringing it to life.
In fact, Automobili Pininfarina says that current developmental prototypes have already reached 80 percent of their projected capabilities. "This means that our EV performance is already equal to the most powerful combustion engine-powered hypercar currently in the world," said Rene Wollmann, the former Mercedes-AMG engineer directing the project.
Designed by the legendary Italian design house, funded by Indian giant Mahindra, and backed by disruptive Croatian startup Rimac, the Battista is slated to incorporate four electric motors delivering a combined output of 1,877 horsepower and 1,696 lb-ft of torque, similar to that used in the Rimac C_Two. That's projected to send it rocketing to 60 in about two seconds, to 186 mph in twelve seconds, and on to a top speed of over 217 mph.
The Battista was also projected to travel for up to 280 miles on a single charge to its 120-kWh battery pack, but we're now told to expect even greater range.
Wollmann says that "by fine tuning the aero packaging, we've already seen a significant increase in the potential range of Battista versus our original prediction."
With testing progressing at a suitably fast pace, Automobili Pininfarina expects to complete development in the next six months, and begin delivering the first of those 150 examples to be made to their eagerly awaiting customers by the end of this, the carrozzeria's 90th anniversary year. In the meantime, those clients will be able to drive a prototype on track with Nick Heidfeld, the former F1 driver and Mahindra's current Formula E pilot who's fine-tuning the electric hypercar.
Before that happens, however, we're told to expect "the ultimate expression of Battista hypercar design" to debut at next month's 2020 Geneva Motor Show, one year after the concept first debuted.
"We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response to the aesthetics of Battista since it was first revealed," said chief designer Luca Borgogno. "Yet our ambition is always to further delight our future clients."
We only wish we could be one of them, but we'll just have to watch the project develop like every other fan of Italian supercars - every one of which to date the Pininfarina Battista promises to positively eclipse.