It’s always the engineers designing the cars. Sure, the designers draw the sketches, and make the concept, but past that point, they get pushed around by the engineers. They’re told the wheels are too big. They’re told it’s too low. They’re told that there’s not enough boot space. But what if the tables were turned? What if the designers could tell the engineers that the front end needs to be shorter?
Form over function worked for Steve Jobs, so the exotic car market has finally taken a page out of Apple’s book. Suffice it to say, it worked. The result is called the Pininfarina Battista, and while on the outside it is a beauty, in terms of mechanics, it’s a beast. It’s Rimac made powertrain produces 1900 hp, and to ensure that you get whiplash, they’ve thrown in AWD as well. All that means a mind-bending 0-60 time of sub two seconds, and a top speed of over 217 mph. To add to the g-forces injuring your neck in the Battista, the car is fitted with some serious aero. Air flows underneath the car through a slat that is in-between the headlights. The new Pininfarina also has an active rear wing that is split into two parts, with connecting carbon fibre joining the flaps. Unfortunately, I doubt you’ll ever get to experience 1900 hp snapping your neck, as Pininfarina will only be making 150 units, and even if you find yourself getting offered an allocation, you’ll have to have deep pockets, as the Battista costs anywhere between 2 and 2.5 million USD. You will have some time to save up though, because the Battista is expected to hit U.S roads in 2021. Mate Rimac signed a deal with Pininfarina allowing them to use his powertrain. That very powertrain is now in the number one competitor to Rimac’s very own Concept_Two. I have a feeling that he will regret the day he put his name on the line. And I am not just talking about signing the paper.