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1900bhp, 2300Nm, 400kmph, sub 2 sec­onds to 100kmph, `16 crore – these are just some of the mind bog­gling fig­ures of Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina’s al­l­elec­tric hy­per­car

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BAT­TISTA PIN­IN­FA­RINA'S DREAM of a range of solely Pin in fa­rina branded cars will fi­nally be re­alised, 90 years since he founded the leg­endary styling house, when the wraps are pulled off the aptly name Bat­tista, Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina's very first car. The all-elec­tric, lim­ited-pro­duc­tion hy­per­car will make its full de­but at the Geneva mo­tor show in 2019. The hy­per­car will be the first in the range of sev­eral Pin­in­fa­rina-badged lux­ury elec­tric cars, of which the com­pany has al­ready in­vested over `160 crore in their devel­op­ment.

Code named PF0, the firm's hy­per­car will be the first full car to be sold as a Pin­in­fa­rina; up un­til now only con­cepts and ve­hi­cles just styled or built by the Ital­ian de­sign house have been avail­able. But rather than the whole of Pin­in­fa­rina di­vert­ing its fo­cus from de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing projects to pro­duc­ing cars, an en­tirely new com­pany has been set up to man­u­fac­ture a range of road cars, Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina. This new firm, headed by for­mer Audi In­dia head Michael Per­schke, will op­er­ate along­side its sis­ter com­pany Pin­in­fa­rina SpA, which will con­tinue to cre­ate de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions for third party man­u­fac­tur­ers. It is Pin­in­fa­rina SpA that has re­ceived the sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment from Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina to take on the devel­op­ment of any fu­ture mod­els and to build all 150 units of the hy­per­car – and both com­pa­nies are owned by the Mahin­dra Group though in­vestors are be­ing sought for Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina with early buy­ers be­ing given pref­er­en­tial al­lot­ments.

Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina has con­firmed its elec­tric hy­per­car will be con­structed us­ing a be­spoke mono­coque chas­sis and body pan­els all made from car­bon­fi­bre. A bat­tery pack will sit aft of the two seats and will power four elec­tric mo­tors, one for each wheel. Ri­mac, creator of the ex­cep­tional Con­cept 1,

will be a tech­ni­cal part­ner and will sup­ply the bat­ter­ies and driv­e­train for the fi­nal car. The ex­act power fig­ure hasn't been con­firmed, but Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina says it will have 1900bhp and 2300Nm of torque. With an es­ti­mated kerb weight of less than two tons – not light, but un­der­stand­able given the weight of bat­tery packs – Pin­in­fa­rina ex­pects its car to ac­cel­er­ate from 0 to 100kmph in less than 2 sec­onds.

Un­like most elec­tric cars, Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina is ex­per­i­ment­ing with in­clud­ing two for­ward gears in its hy­per­car to give a greater range of speed. Ul­ti­mate top speed isn't a pri­or­ity for Pin­in­fa­rina, ap­par­ently, but the com­pany still an­tic­i­pates its first model will be ca­pa­ble of over 400kmph.

The newly re­vealed im­ages pre­view Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina's new vis­ual phi­los­o­phy that the com­pany's de­sign di­rec­tor, Luca Bor­gogno, has cre­ated to give a dis­tinct iden­tity to the com­pany's fu­ture mod­els. Even though the PF0 has been de­signed around a fairly un­con­ven­tional driv­e­train, it still looks just as you might imag­ine an Ital­ian hy­per­car to look. There's hints of the LaFer­rari in its cock­pit-style roof line and sharp front end, and the full-width front light bar is fa­mil­iar to any­one who's seen Pin­in­fa­rina's Fer­rari Ser­gio. Its al­most con­form­ist look, how­ever, means there's very lit­tle that's chal­leng­ing to the eye, and over­all it's a very pretty car.

The most ob­scure el­e­ment of the en­tire car is the rear end seen in pho­tos with Paolo Pin­in­fa­rina, grand­son of Bat­tista “Pinin” Fa­rina, the de­sign com­pany's founder. As you can see, with­out the same ex­treme cool­ing mea­sures that a hy­per­car with a large in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine needs, there's not the gap­ing holes at the back to al­low for hot air to es­cape. In­stead there's a lot of body­work, mak­ing it look slightly bulkier than the rest of the del­i­cate shape.

At the rear there are also two float­ing wings that orig­i­nate from the rear haunches and fin­ish with two tail­lights on their trail­ing edge. How­ever, it was re­vealed that the two wings won't be com­pletely sep­a­rate on the fi­nal car and will be joined by a strip of car­bon­fi­bre.

In­side the PF0 con­cept, the fo­cus is on the driver. Many of the pro­posed in­te­rior styles that Pin­in­fa­rina has put to­gether in­clude a dif­fer­ent coloured driver's seat from the pas­sen­ger's. The driver is also flanked by two ro­tary di­als, one in the door and the other in the cen­tre con­sole. One dial is akin to a trans­mis­sion se­lec­tor, and al­lows the driver to se­lect drive, re­verse or park, while the other is to tog­gle be­tween the car's driver modes – how many of which has not yet been de­cided.

The most notable el­e­ment is the dash directly in front of the driver. Rather than one in­stru­ment pod, there are two tablet­like screens that sit on the dash, leav­ing a gap in the mid­dle for the driver to fo­cus on what's ahead. There's a third, much smaller screen, directly in the mid­dle and in line with the steer­ing wheel that only dis­plays vi­tal in­for­ma­tion.

The two-screen dash lay­out is some­thing Pin­in­fa­rina's chief test driver and F1 alumni, Nick Hei­d­feld, ap­proves of, as he wants to keep driver dis­trac­tions to a min­i­mum and thinks the small cen­tral screen will help this.

There's al­ways a worry when F1 and rac­ing driv­ers get in­volved with road cars, that their ex­act­ing stan­dards and de­sire for cars to be as fast as pos­si­ble won't trans­late into a fun and us­able road car. But Hei­d­feld's in­ten­tions are promis­ing. De­spite the car hav­ing around 1900bhp and fancy torque-vec­tor­ing on all wheels, Hei­d­feld wants Pin­in­fa­rina's hy­per­car to have ac­ces­si­ble per­for­mance and be fun for any­one. Still, some sort of train­ing with Hei­d­feld will be avail­able for Au­to­mo­bili Pin­in­fa­rina cus­tomers.

Those orig­i­nal fears are reignited, how­ever, when Hei­d­feld re­veals he in­tends to sell his Porsche 959 S. But then he ad­mits it's so he can buy a Car­rera GT, and all faith in the fu­ture hy­per­car is re­stored. Hope­fully, Hei­d­feld can in­cor­po­rate some of the V10 su­per­car's char­ac­ter into Pin­in­fa­rina's elec­tric car.

Fac­ing page, above: CEO Michael Per­schke and Paolo Pin­in­fa­rina, grand­son of Pin­in­fa­rina founder Bat­tista Fa­rina with the PF0

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