Pininfarina won’t simply let you wait for your Battista, it’ll prepare you
I'm afraid I will have to resort to a bit of a faff. Buying a new car is always an occasion. At least for the people heavily invested on this website and cars in general. But I was still curious to know, as to how long can you wait for your recently bought four-wheeler to get delivered to you?
The results may be surprising, although I hope the majority doesn't go beyond the six-month timeline. If the same gets reflected, the majority clearly possesses a lot more patience than I do. I wouldn't be able last a week. My fingers usually keep typing the car's name on google images while my eyes continuously scour through the brochure until the car gets delivered to me.
I firmly believe I'm not the only one who does that. There are more like me. And for people like us, Pininfarina seems like an exciting company to look forward to. How does a limited-production 1900hp electric hypercar manufacturer make a compelling proposition? Because while their factory workers toil around assembling the upcoming hypercar, their engineers are on track, prepping the customer up. Waiting couldn't get better!
In a bid to prepare their clients for their upcoming EV feast machine, Automobili Pininfarina has come up with a preliminary initiative. Named 'Hyperdrive', the even will be accessible by only the customers of the Battista, the 1900hp electric hypercar, clients will be made to go round Spain's Circuit de Calafat in a range of track-focused EVs, under the guidance of racer Nick Heidfeld. Did I mention the range also includes Mahindra's Formula E racecar?
1900hp. That's more than twice the amount of power in Hamilton's Formula 1 car. And yet it takes months of training for him to manoeuvre that car with some skill. Naturally, the owners will also require some profound training before they're let out loose into the world in their two-second hypercars.
With less than a year away until production begins in Italy, clients will be made to sit closely with the Battista's development team. The team's expert personnel will train customers on how to master various upcoming motorsport-inspired technologies, also offered in the Battista. This Calafat drive experience is not just for the clients to experience instant power and performance of the Battista, but also for the engineers to observe how quickly can the customers, mostly first-timers, adapt to the almost visceral electric performance.
Nick will personally discuss each of the customer's drive experience in the Formula E racecar along with their expectations from the Battista. "By embracing Formula E technologies proven on the racetrack and combining them in a package that will also deliver superb levels of comfort, luxury and connectivity, we aim to provide clients with a hypercar that offers both jaw-dropping performance and day-to-day driveability," he said.
"This amazing Hyperdrive experience is just one step in the Battista customers' intimate journey with us, and a major step towards making car enthusiasts fall in love with electric power." While I'm yet to experience an electric car myself, I'm totally sold on the idea involving customer training and involving them in the development process.
Although many gruelling years of work and salary days await before I can get myself one of these, I might be weeks away from planning a heist and placing an order for one of these. While I may land up in jail by the time of delivery, I feel quite sure I'll be content with the drive experience that precedes it. Italy, Spain, Jail - I'm coming, in that exact order!