Built in strictly limited numbers, the striking new model will be the Mahindra-owned brand’s fastest and most expensive of the range, which will also include performance SUVs. It also uses a similar design principle seen in many Pininfarina-designed cars as well as Ferraris. In true Pininfarina fashion, the Battista has a simple, yet elegant design with lots of swoops and curves. It combines form with extreme functionality integrated into the body work. Some of the technical detailing includes a large bonnet scoop, a front carbon-splitter and large active rear diffuser, which adds downforce. The highlight of the front-end is a single LED strip that runs across the width of the car between the Battista’s headlights.
The contrast roof is aerodynamically shaped and has a cab-forward design – ideal for packaging, as the batteries require a long wheelbase – but a design feature of the Battista that stands out is the split tail-section. The cut-outs on the top of each end of tail section look like two separate fins but are actually joined by a carbon-fibre panel, forming a pop-up spoiler. This serves as an air brake, while also creating downforce. The Battista sees extensive use of lightweight materials in an effort to keep weight under 2,000kg. It uses a full carbon-fibre monocoque, a carbon roof and a rear carbon subframe. There will be multiple drive modes to control the level of power. Pininfarina will also offer a “performance package” with the Battista with an aim to deliver a higher top speed in a “controlled environment” such as a race track, with specific trims and tyres.
The Battista will use a 120 kWh lithium battery – the same as its powertrain and battery-technology supplier Rimac’s C_Two hypercar; and will even have the same 2,745mm wheelbase as the C_Two. The brand is also taking inputs from the Mahindra Racing Formula E team, which has huge experience in battery-management systems. There’s all-wheel drive capability with four individual motors at each wheel – with a highly efficient torque vectoring system in place – producing a total of 1,900hp and 2,300 Nm of torque, propelling the Battista from standstill to 100kph in under 2sec. 300 kph can be achieved in less than 12sec and the hypercar is capable of achieving a top speed of 350kph (using the performance package). The hypercar will provide a range of 450km.
“The two biggest technical challenges for us are in integrating heavy batteries into a carbon structure and how we apply the car’s control systems.” The company wants the Battista to have a ‘natural’ sound, as opposed to a recorded artificial engine noise. Company engineers will tune the body work and use a combination of wind noise and airflow. Company engineers will tune the body work and use a combination of wind noise and airflow. Other key factors in sound generation include the electric motors, the air flow, the HVAC system, and carbon monocoque resonance. Interestingly, the driver will have a choice to be able to set his or her bespoke sound as well.