1,900 hp Hyper GT most powerful car built in Italy
Ready for limited deliveries starting later this year
The all-electric hypercar from Pininfarina is one step closer to production as retired Formula 1 racer Nick Heidfeld has joined the project to help the development team tune the car’s dynamics at one of the largest test facilities in the world.
The Pininfarina Battista GT is a 1,900 hp electric with a motor at each wheel, a simulated range of more than 500 km on the WLTP cycle, and able to hit 100 km/h in under two seconds.
That much performance means that chassis setup is crucial, and Automobili Pininfarina thought Heidfeld was perfect for the job. After driving in Formula 1 for various teams between 2000 and 2011, the German driver moved to electric open-wheel series Formula E for its inaugural 2014 season. He currently drives for Mahindra Racing in that series, part of Automobili Pininfarina parent company Mahindra and Mahindra.
Even at the Nardo Technical Center in Italy, Heidfeld isn’t able to give the hyper GT car, as the company calls it, the full beans. “With the prototype at an advanced stage of development, we are testing Battista with around 80 per cent of its potential power, the performance and acceleration is already beyond anything I could imagine,” the driver said.
About the car’s dynamics, Heidfeld said that “what really surprised me was how natural the Battista feels on the track. We are creating a hyper GT to be enjoyed at all speeds, yet here in Nardò the cornering control and speed we achieved were exceptional. Minimal traction control and torque vectoring are active at this stage of prototype development, yet there is so much grip to exploit.”
The first of the Battistas are set to be delivered later this year, with maximum production capped at 150 cars.