OFFICIAL: Pininfarina Battista Hyper GT Enters Production

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It takes a lot of people a ton of time to build these incredible machines, and the process has now begun.

We live in the age of craft beer, artisanal strip clubs, and bespoke hypercars. No longer is the world of supercars dominated by big names such as Ferrari or Lamborghini: smaller manufacturers are delivering massively impressive machines that rival the best, and in the world of EV supercars, the Pininfarina Battista is one of the coolest looking, and most promising. Pininfarina presented the first production-spec vehicle at Monterey Car Week last year in August, and since then we've been able to enjoy the sound of its fierce electric powertrain, and even get a glimpse at how this special car is pieced together. Now Pininfarina has given us the ultimate peek into how this car is built at its newly revamped Atelier space in Cambiano, Italy, and it looks almost as cool as the car itself.

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The Pininfarina Battista, which competes against only a handful of electric hypercars like the Rimac Nevera, is one of the most exclusive EV supercars around, and the world's first pure-electric hyper GT car according to the Italian carmaker. With only 150 vehicles being built, and with each taking up at least 1,340 hours of the build team's time, the space in which this car is created needs to be as special as the machine itself.

Pininfarina has completely revamped its manufacturing facility in Piemonte, which features 2,300 square meters of car-engineering heaven. The new space is split into 14 zones dedicated to production and quality assurance and uses new mounting rigs and old-school tools such as pneumatic screwdrivers that respect Pininfarina's coachbuilding heritage. F

rom start to finish, each Battista takes approximately ten weeks to complete, but special editions such as the hand-painted Battista Anniversario take up to 18 weeks. Each car requires a team of ten craftspeople.

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The life of a Battista starts when its rolling chassis, electric powertrain, battery pack, carbon-monocoque and electrical system enter the first quality evaluation check. The primed white body is then bonded with the monocoque, a process that takes two days, and tons of precise measurements. The paint cycle takes three to four weeks, with each body panel being attached to its own rig for perfect color matching. Pininfarina offers the Battista in 28 different colors inspired by the Piemonte region. While the exterior gets painted, craftsmen begin assembling the dashboard and other interior elements. Most of the work on the car gets completed in the fifth zone, where Pininfarina technicians work on the flat floor, wheel arches, and delicate butterfly doors of the car. This entire process takes another two days to complete.

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After this process, the first end-of-line checks are done in 'Plant Mode' after which 'Customer Mode' is switched on to check that all electrical systems are functioning correctly. Checks are done on the battery, and infotainment system. The final physical check takes over 24 hours, and includes a water check for any water ingress. After leaving the production line, each Battista is put through its paces by the same professional driver.

What makes this entire process more special is how Pininfarina has incorporated its customers into the build phase. Each Battista customer gets a chance to meet the entire team, and experience a thorough consultation session with lead designers to get each car as bespoke as possible. Everything from the interior color, upholstery materials, to brake caliper colors can be selected, and Pininfarina claims that there are 13.9 quintillion exterior configurations on offer. The interior has 128 million possible configurations, with leather, aluminum and Alcantara being some of the main materials on offer.

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"With Battista we have an opportunity to bring true personalization and craftsmanship to an entirely new sector. Merging innovative technology with Pininfarina's rich design heritage is a real privilege, using sustainable materials and processes that we will take forward and elevate with future projects," says Sara Campagnolo, director of color and material design.

Pininfarina offers its clients global coverage. Its team of mechanics will fly to any location in the world to work on the Battista, and the company offers its clients a range of warranty options, including a five- or ten-year maintenance plan, an extended warranty on the powertrain and battery system, and a service for ordering specific body parts called Eterna.

Pininfarina will commence deliveries this summer, in three designs: the standard Pura, the more aggressive Furiosa, or the ultra-exclusive Anniversario edition.

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The Pininfarina Battista is a true weapon and features a 120-kWh battery and four electric motors producing a massive 1,877 hp and 1,696 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph sprint takes two seconds, 0-186 mph is reached in twelve seconds, and the Battista can reach a top speed of over 217 mph.

"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," Per Svantesson, Automobili Pininfarina CEO concludes.

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