Automobili Pininfarina

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Automobili Pininfarina GmbH
GmbH
IndustryAutomotive
FoundedMunich, Germany (2018 (2018))
Headquarters,
Germany
Key people
  • Michael Perschke, CEO
  • Luca Borgogno, Design Director
Production output
Automobiles
ParentMahindra Group (100%)
Websitewww.automobili-pininfarina.com

Automobili Pininfarina GmbH is a high-performance sports car and luxury electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany with roots in the Italian car design firm and coachbuilder Pininfarina SpA.[1] The company also has a design facility and office locations in Turin, Italy. Its first car, the Battista (originally codenamed PF0 and named after the founder of Pininfarina SpA, Battista Farina), will be produced from 2020. It was introduced at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and 150 units are planned for production.[2]

History[edit]

On 14 December 2015, Mahindra Group acquired Pininfarina SpA, granting the Mahindra Group rights to its name. On 27 February 2018, Autocar India reported that Michael Perschke, former director at Audi India, will head a new Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. EV project known internally as "Project Montana".[3] This project was later confirmed to be Automobili Pininfarina when Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. announced the launch of Automobili Pininfarina at the 2018 Rome ePrix, a Formula E electric car race, on 13 April 2018.[4] It was here that Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina SpA, revealed that “this project [helped] me and my family to realize my grandfather’s dream of seeing outstanding innovative cars solely branded Pininfarina on the roads.”[5] Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd Anand Mahindra later commented that “Pininfarina is a hell of a story. But it is an unfinished story. Mahindra will help Pininfarina finish that story and dream of having a ‘Pininfarina’ badged car."[6]

Automobili Pininfarina confirmed the joining of Luca Borgogno from Pininfarina SpA as its Design Director on 18 April 2018.[7] At the same time, it was announced that Automobili Pininfarina will produce the first Pininfarina-branded "ultra-low volume zero-emissions luxury hypercar", codenamed PF0, from 2020.[8]

On 28 September 2018, Automobili Pininfarina introduced Formula E driver Nick Heidfeld as the Development Driver and brand ambassador. It also announced its technical partnership with Croatian electric car startup Rimac Automobili that will be supplying the EV powertrain and battery technology for the PF0.[9]

On 27 November 2018, Automobili Pininfarina announced that it had invested over €20 million in Pininfarina SpA for its service along with its new "PURA" design philosophy which promises a balance between design and engineering.[10]

On 11 December 2018, PF0's name was unveiled as Battista after Pininfarina's founder, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina.[11]

Models[edit]

Battista[edit]

The Battista at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Originally announced as PF0, the Battista is the first Pininfarina-branded high-performance luxury electric sports car. It is powered by a Rimac T-shaped 120 kWh battery pack and has four non-synchronous motors placed on each wheel. The car is built on a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and carbon fibre body panels to keep the weight low. Only 150 will be made, with a price of just under €2 million according to the manufacturer. According to Automobili Pininfarina the Battista has a power output of 1,400 kW (1,903 PS; 1,877 hp), has a top speed in excess of 349 km/h (217 mph), can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in less than 2 seconds, and 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in less than 12 seconds. The Battista incorporates technology from Rimac Automobili.[12][13]

PF1[edit]

The PF1 is to be an all-electric battery-powered crossover sport utility vehicle based on the Rivian Automotive R1 platform technology.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pattni, Vijay (13 April 2018). "Pininfarina will build an electric hypercar by 2020!". Topgear. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ Dobie, Stephen (27 September 2018). "Pininfarina's PF0 supercar will have nearly 2000bhp". Topgear. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ "SCOOP! Michael Perschke to head new Mahindra EV subsidiary". Autocar India. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  4. ^ Pollard, Tim (13 April 2018). "Automobili Pininfarina to launch new electric hypercar in 2020". Carmagazine. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Automobili Pininfarina, the World's Newest Sustainable Luxury Car Brand, Launched by Mahindra". Mahindra. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Mahindra & Mahindra's Automobili Pininfarina to build electric hypercar to take on Bugatti Chiron". Times Now. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Pininfarina drops the load with teaser of upcoming 250-mph PF0 hypercar". Topspeed. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Automobili Pininfarina Confirms Indicative Performance Targets and Design Inspiration for PF0: a Zero-Emissions Hyper-Performance Electric Car". Automobili Pininfarina. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  9. ^ Beaumont, Will (27 November 2018). "Automobili Pininfarina takes one step closer to unveiling all-electric 1900bhp hypercar". Evo. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Automobili Pininfarina to invest over €20m in 'PURA' design cooperation for luxury & performance electric vehicle range". Automotive World. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ Holmes, Jake (11 December 2018). "Automobili Pininfarina names its all-electric hypercar Battista". CNET. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  12. ^ Courtney, Will (17 April 2018). "Pininfarina Says Electric Hypercar to Be Revealed in 2019 With Sub-2 Second 0-60 MPH, 250+ MPH Top Speed". TheDrive. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  13. ^ Pratik Sinha (11 December 2018). "Pininfarina PF0 Electric Hypercar to be called Battista". Drivers Magazine.
  14. ^ Peter Cavellini (7 December 2018). "Pininfarina to launch electric super-SUV using Rivian tech". Autocar UK.

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