Throughout all of human history, the desire to be quicker, to go faster, and push the boundaries of what is thought to be possible has always been a constant. From the challenge to break the 4-minute mile to the race to create the quickest accelerating production car, humans have always sought to push their limits.
It was once believed that certain physical feats were impossible for humans to achieve. Running the mile in less than four minutes was one such feat, until Roger Bannister broke the barrier in 1954 with a time of 3:59.4. Once that wall came down, many other people followed Bannister's lead, and now the current record is held by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, who ran the distance in 3 minutes and 43.13 seconds.
In the world of supercars, accelerating from 0-60 mph in less than two seconds was once thought impossible too, until the Tesla Model S Plaid and Rimac Nevara shattered that notion with their blistering speeds.
However, these contenders have been outshone by the Automobili Pininfarina Battista Hyper GT, which has recently broken a large number of records and claimed the title of "King of Quick" during recent tests in India. With its unparalleled speed and performance, the Battista Hyper GT has established itself as the ultimate champion of the hypercar world. It is the quickest accelerating production vehicle ever made.
A Legacy of Automotive Design
For nearly a century, Pininfarina and its founder, Battista 'Pinin' Farina, have been known as the go-to choice for designing elegant and beautiful works of rolling art, including icons like the Alfa Romeo Spider 'Duetto,' Fiat '124 Sport Spider,' and 65 of Ferrari's greatest vehicles.
While the company saw unparalleled success in their field, designing vehicles for other companies wasn't Farina's ultimate dream. He wanted a vehicle that was 100% Pininfarina. Unfortunately, it wasn't until 2018, 88 years after the company's creation and 52 years after his death, that the ultimate dream of Pininfarina's founder was realized.
It was that year, 2018, when the Automobili Pininfarina name was born and the pinnacle of the modern hypercar was born.
The Most Powerful Italian Sports Car Ever
In a world where electrification is quickly becoming the only powertrain option to consider, Automobili Pininfarina has partnered with the Croatian electric hypercar maker Rimac to provide unparalleled battery, drivetrain expertise, and hardware for the Battista. The result is nothing short of incredible - with a 120 kWh battery and four motors sending a combined 1,900 horsepower to the wheels, the Battista sets a new performance benchmark in the world of hypercars, achieving extreme speed and power with zero emissions.
It's a feat that would be impossible to achieve with internal combustion engine technology.
The Sultan of Speed
In November 2022, the Battista made its way to Dubai to demonstrate its incredible performance and set new world records for production cars. Pininfarina held nothing back and Battista achieved feats previously thought impossible:
Not content with these incredible achievements, Automobili Pininfarina took the Battista to India this February to push its limits even further. Equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and VBOX data systems to record its performance, the Battista took the title of fastest road-legal car ever on Indian soil.
Under the watchful eye of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), Hormazd Sorabjee piloted the Battista to a top speed of 358.03 km/h, breaking the previous top speed record in India by a staggering 26 km/h. Renuka Kirpalani also made history by becoming the fastest Indian female driver in the world, reaching a top speed of 357.10 km/h.
But the Battista wasn't done yet. With its incredible acceleration, it also set new production car world records for sprints over ¼ and ½ mile distances, achieving a time of 8.55 seconds and 13.38 seconds, respectively.
With only 150 of the $2.2 Million bespoke Battista Hyper GTs set to be hand-built in Italy, this electric masterpiece is truly one of a kind. But more than that, the Battista represents the pinnacle of performance and technology in the world of hypercars. Each test and track run push the boundaries of what's possible; shattering records and cementing its place as a trailblazer in the automotive industry. As it continues to shatter expectations and reach new heights, the Battista is a testament to the boundless potential of electric performance and the dedication to innovation that drives Automobili Pininfarina.