Salon Privé will be the location of the UK debut of Automobili Pininfarina’s Battista hypercar – the most powerful car designed and built in Italy.
Advanced EV and hybrid technology are certainly at the forefront of this year’s Salon Privé with a selection of international hypercar brands all debuting new cars to the UK market.
One such brand and currently returning from a fabulous series of unveiling’s during Monterey Car Week, is Automobili Pininfarina, who is now preparing to launch their stunning and enhanced Battista at this year’s Salon Privé which takes place at Blenheim Palace from 5th – 8th September.
Having been launched to an eagerly-awaiting world at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and delivering on the Pininfarina family dream to see a range of luxury cars purely badged Pininfarina, Automobili Pininfarina then embarked on the next phase of simulation testing in the wind tunnel and on the track under the guidance of ex-Formula 1 and Formula E racer, Nick Heidfeld, their Development Driver.
From a design perspective, the result of the development programme was a car with a redefined front which reinforced its hypercar look and feel and created a greater visual connection between front and back.
With 1,900 hp and 1,696 lb-ft torque available from its four electric motors, Automobili Pininfarina is aiming for a 0-62 mph sprint below 2 seconds for the Battista along with a single-charge range of 500 kilometres. Essentially, it’s a hypercar on one hand and an eminently drive-able and beautiful luxury car on the other. With a maximum of just 150 examples being made, it will be ultra-exclusive. Just 50 Battistas are planned for Europe, 50 targeted at North America and 50 to the Middle East and Asia and the €2m hypercar will only be available to order through a small network of specialist luxury car and hypercar retailers.
Commenting on the forthcoming debut appearance of the new Battista, Salon Privé Co-Founder & Sales Director, David Bagley, said “I wholly concur with Pininfarina S.p.A Chairman, Paolo Pininfarina when he referred to the Battista as a work of art. It is just that – stunningly beautiful and elegant from every angle and yet its poise is true hypercar – low, wide and purposeful. With power and luxury to match, it is as they say a new reality for electric car desirability, and we are thrilled to be welcoming Automobili Pininfarina and Battista to this year’s Salon Privé.”
Michael Perschke, CEO Automobili Pininfarina said: “It’s exciting to be back in the UK and presenting the new Battista at Salon Privé where we know guests and visitors will appreciate both the beauty and elegance of a Pininfarina design and the power and performance of a luxury hypercar. No doubt there will be many classic Pininfarina designs on display, but the Battista will be the first to be designed and built at their Italian home in their own name. A dream come true for us, the Pininfarina family and for car enthusiasts.”