New Delhi: Automobili Pininfarina on Tuesday christened its first car, so far code-named PF0, as Pininfarina Battista. Named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, who found the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coach-building company in 1930, the Pininfarina Battista electric hypercar will be designed and hand built at Pininfarina SpA in Cambiano, Italy, under the supervision of Paulo Pininfarina—Battista’s grandson and the current chairman of Pininfarina.

The luxury electric hypercar will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in mid-March next year. Only 150 units of the car will be produced.

Bought by Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd in December 2015 for €168 million, Pininfarina is one of the world’s leading automotive design and specialist production companies. The Pininfarina Battista, and the creation of Automobili Pininfarina, were announced earlier this year.

“This is genuinely a dream come true. My grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a standalone range of Pininfarina-branded cars. This hypercar will boast world-beating performance, technology innovation and of course elegant styling. For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes reality today as we link our glorious past with the future of motoring", said Paulo Pininfarina.

“We are really proud and grateful that Paolo and his family have allowed Battista’s name to be given to what will be a beautiful, elegant and technologically game-changing car. That is so appropriate for a car branded Pininfarina as these are core elements that have defined Pininfarina’s legendary automotive design for nearly 90 years. Now we hope to respectfully work with that legacy and deliver a stunning car that is worthy of his name," said Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group.

Claiming to be the world’s first fully-electric luxury hypercar, and the fastest and most powerful Italian car, the Pininfarina Battista makes 1,900 BHP of power and 2,300 NM of torque and can accelerate to 62mph in less than two seconds.

The firm claims it is faster than a Formula 1 car, and break the 250 mph top speed barrier, with a range of 300 miles.

A sum of €20 million will be invested in the new brand to underpin the design, development and production of the Pininfarina Battista and the future range of Automobili Pininfarina cars at Pininfarina.

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