Pininfarina’s Battista is set to become the most powerful car ever produced in Italy — more powerful than any Ferrari.

just 150 examples of the 1400kW pure-electric, zero emissions Battista will be built in 2020 at the home of Pininfarina S.p.A. in Cambiano, near Turin. .

Automobili Pininfarina has placed an example of the car on public display for the first time in a bespoke enclosure at the British Library’s main Piazza.

The stunning Battista design model, in a unique exterior finish, is in London, in recognition of Automobili Pininfarina’s partnership with the British Library’s Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion exhibition.

A new film of this unique Battista has been produced celebrating the luxury electric car company’s ambitions for extreme performance, innovative engineering and beautiful style – principles of modern-day Italian automotive design that resonate back to Leonardo’s inspirational work.

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with the British Library and celebrating the life and work of a true Italian genius,” Automobili Pininfarina Design Director, Luca Borgogno, said.

“Leonardo proved that design and engineering can be revolutionary, functional and beautiful and this is a principle by which Pininfarina has lived throughout its 90-year history.

“The Battista will set new levels for performance and deliver innovative engineering solutions in an elegant and beautiful body, so we hope it represents how we, as Italians, have been inspired by Leonardo for centuries.”

Unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the name Battista is a tribute to Pininfarina’s founder Battista Farina.

Battista is powered by a 120kWh battery pack, with individual electric motors to power each wheel.

Combined power is 1400kW and 2300Nm of torque, with 0-100km/h taking about 2.0 seconds, top speed of 350km/h and range of 450km..

Battista shares shares half of its components with the Rimac C Two (Rimac supplies the battery pack)

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.