If you drop €1.98 million on a Pininfarina Battista, you’ll have to deal with the ignominy of knowing eventually, 149 other people will have a car just like yours. For shame!
However, for those craving ultimate exclusivity, we’ve good news. Automobili Pininfarina has released the Battista Anniversario, a special version of the electric hypercar of which only five will be made. Reassuringly, at €2.6 million, it’s also even more expensive.
The anniversary the car refers to is the 90 years that have past since Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina founded famed coachbuilder Pininfarina. Each of the birthday specials will be finished in a tricolour livery made up of Bianco Sestriere, Grigio Antonelliano and Iconica Blu. The finish takes several weeks to apply, with the bodywork taken apart and put back together three times for the painting of the different coloured pinstripes. Automobili Pininfarina design chief Luca Borgogno calls it “one of the most complex paint finishes in the world”.
The Anniversario also comes as standard with the brilliantly named ‘Furiosa’ pack, giving the car fancy carbon aero parts - a splitter, side blades and a rear diffuser. The parts are now available as an option on the regular Battista.
Elsewhere, centre-locking forged wheels drop the unsprung mass by 10kg. They’re wrapped in new “performance-oriented tyres” - we know they’re Pirelli P Zeroes of some sort, but that’s it. We’ll update this piece if we’re able to clarify.
Inside, the Anniversario has unique Alcantara and leather-clad seats, between which there’s an engraved chassis plate.
The output is unchanged, although with 1877bhp on tap from a Rimac-sourced powertrain, the Battista didn’t exactly need any help in this regard. 0-62mph happens in less than two seconds, and the top speed is 217mph.
The Battista Anniversario was due to make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, but the event was cancelled last Friday after Swiss authorities banned large gatherings to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.