Pininfarina Battista electric hypercar: The $2.5 mn 'faster than a F-16 fighter jet' hits New York streets

Pininfarina Battista electric hypercar: The $2.5 mn ‘faster than a F-16 fighter jet’ hits New York streets

The all-new electric hypercar developed by Automobili Pininfarina had its global premiere last month, at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 and now it has been showcased again this week at an off-site event at the Javits Center for the New York International Auto Show 2019.

A $2.5million all-electric hypercar with a staggering 1,900 horsepower has hit the streets of New York. The Pininfarina Battista reaches 60mph (100km/h) in under two seconds which makes it quicker than an F1 car. It screams to 180mph (290km/h) in less time than it takes an F-16 fighter jet to do the same, courtesy of its electric motors being fed by a 120 kWh battery.

Michael Perschke, CEO of Automobili Pininfarina commented, “The Battista’s arrival in New York is a proud moment for the entire Automobili Pininfarina team, as we can finally begin to bring the next generation of hypercars to discerning customers throughout North America. We’re quite confident that this is the car that makes the United States fall in love with ultra-high-performance electric vehicles.”

The top speed of the luxurious electric speedster is 217mph (350km/hr) and the deliveries are expected for 2020.

Its creators say the Battista will be ‘the world’s first luxury electric hyper GT’ and ‘the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and built in Italy’ when it goes into production next year. As for the range, the company claims that the Battista has a potential zero-emissions range of up to 450 kilometres. The company will provide a system to charge 80 percent of the battery in just 40 minutes at least.

The car is named after the late Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who in 1930 founded the Italian automobile design house Pininfarina, which next year celebrates its 90th anniversary.

The car is built around a single-cell carbon-fibre monocoque with battery packs between the front seats and behind the rear bulkhead. There are four motors, one per wheel. Investment for the new model has come from Indian car giant Mahindra.

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