Automobili Pininfarina has announced the name of what it promises will be “Italy’s fastest car” when it launches late in 2020: the Battista.

The firm says “no more than” 150 units will be offered at a price estimated between $2-million and $2,5-million (between R28,7-million and R35,9-million) each.

The company describes the Battista as a “fully electric luxury hypercar” with “extreme levels of technology”. Peak outputs will be a claimed 1 417 kW and 2 300 N.m, meaning the Battista “has the potential to accelerate” to 100 km/h in “less than two seconds” (making it, as the company points out, faster than a Formula 1 car).

The Italian automaker says it will also break the 400 km/h top speed barrier, while offering a “potential” zero emissions range of over 480 km.

So, where does the moniker come from? Well, the vehicle is named after Battista “Pinin” Farina, the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coach-building company started in 1930. It will be produced by Pininfarina SpA, whose chairman is Paulo Pininfarina, Battista’s grandson.

“This is genuinely a dream come true. My grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars. This hypercar will boast world-beating performance, technological innovation and of course elegant styling. For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes reality today as we link our glorious past with the future of motoring,” said Paolo Pininfarina.
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