The Automobili Pininfarina Battista will be on display in a new exhibition at the world-famous Petersen Museum in California, US.
The pure-electric hyper GT is the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and produced in Italy. Just 150 will be created and each will be individually hand-crafted at the Pininfarina SpA atelier in Turin, Italy. The world’s only luxury pure-electric carmaker is represented by a total of seven retailers in North America, with two located on the West Coast, including O’Gara Coach in Los Angeles. The first cars will be delivered to clients later this year.
One of the original design models of the Automobili Pininfarina Battista from 2019 is on dipslay at Petersen Museum. It delivers the vision of the new business and shows how its design has been influenced by and pays tribute to some of those historic models positioned close by. Alongside the new Battista are legendary designs from Pininfarina’s past. These include a 1931 Cadillac Model 452A Boattail Roadster, the first Pininfarina body mounted on a non-Italian chassis, and a 1947 Cisitalia 202 coupe, famed for its sleek aerodynamics and regarded as revolutionary in its design. A 1966 Dino Berlinetta 206 GT Prototype will be replaced with a 1967 Ferrari 365P Berlinetta Speciale “Tre Posti,” the last vehicle bodied by Pininfarina for a private client.
The visitors of the exhibition will be able to discover the incredible achievements and key moments over the past 90 years of Pininfarina history, stretching all the way back to 1930. It also highlights the ongoing family lineage, starting with the original coachbuilders, right through to the creation of the Automobili Pininfarina business back in 2018. In addition to the exhibition, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta, a 1989 Ferrari Testarossa, a 1991 Ferrari F40, and 2004 Ferrari Enzo feature in the ongoing “Supercars” exhibit. At The Vault section of the museum, visitors will find, among others, a 1953 Nash-Healey Roadster, 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, and the 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi from “Magnum PI”, all of which owe their beautiful designs to Pininfarina.
Following the opening of the new museum exhibit, Automobili Pininfarina plans to return to the US ahead of Monterey Car Week in August this year, where Battista will be showcased and experienced in production form by clients, collectors, and experts in the area for a series of motoring celebrations. The hyper GT is currently undergoing the next phase of dynamic testing at the Nardò Technical Center In Italy with engineers, including ex-Formula One and Formula E driver Nick Heidfeld.