Italian automaker Pininfarina just revealed a monster of an electric car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: the Battista — a road-legal electric supercar as fast as some bullet trains.
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The “Formula 1-inspired hypercar” is being hailed as “the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and built in Italy,” by its creators, and is slated to arrive in 2020.
That’s all thanks to the electric drivetrain: “a feat that would simply be impossible to achieve with internal combustion technology,” according the company.
The specs are seriously impressive: zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds, zero to 186 mph (300 km/h) in under 12, and a top speed of 217 mph (349 km/h) — which is as fast, for comparison, as the maximum operating speed of some bullet trains.
Specially designed motors on each wheel give the Battista a blistering 1900 horsepower — roughly twice the power of a Formula 1 racecar — and a substantial 120 kWh battery gives it a range of up to 280 miles (450 km).
Roadster Vs. Battista
The specs are reminiscent of Tesla’s much-hyped Roadster, also expected in 2020. In November 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the Roadster will accelerate from zero to 60 in as little as 1.9 seconds with a total range of 600 miles (1,000 km). The roadster’s top speed of 250 mph (400 km/h), according to Musk, will be even faster than the Battista.
Only 150 Battistas will ever be made and they’ll cost about $2.2 million dollars each — whereas the Roadster will cost only about $200,000.
But we’ll have to wait until car enthusiasts have a chance to battle it out for the title of the fastest ever road-legal hypercar.
READ MORE: Pininfarina’s Battista is a 1900-horsepower all-electric hypercar [Electrek]
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