Italy’s most powerful car ever, the Pininfarina Battista, is undergoing final high-speed testing at the Nardò Technical Center. The Porsche-owned facility features a 3.8-mile handling circuit and a 7.8-mile banked oval where speeds well in excess of 200 mph can be achieved.
The all-electric Battista packs a 120-kWh battery driving four wheel motors for a total output of 1900 hp and a monumental 1696 lb-ft of torque. Hoofing it round the handling circuit allows Pininfarina engineers to fine tune the car’s sophisticated traction and torque vectoring control systems. The car offers four driving modes: Calma (calm), Pura (pure), Energica (energetic) and Carattere (character) which ramp up the performance potential in sequence.
The Battista will rocket to 62 mph in less than two seconds, which is faster even than a Formula 1 car. It will reach 186 mph from rest in less than 12 seconds and top speed is 217 mph. All these figures and more are substantiated by the testing program, which also validates Michelin and Pirelli tires offered on 20- or 21-inch forged alloy wheels, and tests the carbon-ceramic brakes and energy recovery systems.
The first customers are set to receive their $2.5 million Battistas in 2021 and no more than 150 will be made by hand in the company’s Cambiano factory.