Geneva Motor Show 2020

World premiere of Battista Anniversario all-electric hypercar teased ahead of Geneva debut

Ahead of its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, Automobili Pininfarina is teasing the Battista Anniversario all-electric hypercard

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With Battista development well underway, Automobili Pininfarina is teasing its next vehicle, the Battista Anniversario. Designed as a limited volume, hand-crafted electric grand touring hypercar, the Battista Anniversario is a collectors showpiece.

Just five models will be built in Cambiano, Italy, a city near Turin in the historical heart of Italian supercar design. According to a release, the model sports aerodynamic design and a heritage-inspired livery that "blends signature Pininfarina styling cues with a new array of design elements crafted by Automobili Pininfarina's design team."

Battista Anniversario teaser Geneva 2020 Pinnifarna describes this picture as being the "e-heart" of the Battista Anniversario. Photo courtesy of Automobili Pininfarina

The car is being built to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Pininfarina and pays tribute to its founder, Battista 'Pinin' Farina.

The announcement of the Battista Anniversario debut comes as Pinnifarina revealed even more details about its Battista model as it enters an expanded testing phase.

The Battista Anniversario will be officially unveiled during the Geneva International Motor Show on March 2. Until then, start counting your pennies. It's likely the cost of this vehicle will be in the millions of dollars.

The Austin Automobile Dealers Association has cancelled the 2020 version of the Austin Auto Show.

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The Austin Auto Show has gone the way of the New York International Auto Show and North American International Auto Show. Its 2020 version has been cancelled.

Originally slated for April 17-19, organizers have opted to not have a make up date later in the year. Instead, the show will go on next year - April 9-11, 2021.

The annual event is organized by the Austin Automobile Dealers Association, which has been around since 1946. Like other auto shows around the country, the Austin event serves as a way for attendees to cross-shop vehicles all in one place, often without the hassle of dealing with sales personnel.

A recent study by Capital One found that 74 percent of shoppers do not describe themselves as confident car shoppers. Cars.com research indicates that potential car buyers would rather clean toilets than go through the hassle of buying a car from a dealership.

The 2021 Austin Auto Show will be held at the Austin Convention Center and will be open to the public from morning until night on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Ticket pricing has yet to be announced.

More information about the Austin Auto Show can be found at www.autoshowaustin.com.

The exclusive Battista Anniversario celebrates the 90th anniversary of the bespoke coachbuilding company.

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Automobili Pininfarina has debuted a new all-electric luxury supercar celebrating its 90th anniversary. Only Battista Anniversario models will be built and each will start at €2.6 million.

Each Battista Anniversario will be hand-crafted at the home of Pininfarina in Cambiano, Turin, Italy.

"For 90 years, the Pininfarina name has been at the forefront of automotive design and performance, and the Battista perfectly encapsulates these values," said Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina. "This ultimate expression of Battista, the Anniversario, is the distillation of everything that the brand has stood for in the past and which we now strive for in the future, creating a new pinnacle of desirability for electric cars."

Pininfarina Battista Anniversario

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Each of the five models will be finished in a combination of three of the coachbuilder's signature colors, new and old: Bianco Sestriere, the never-seen-before Grigio Antonelliano, Iconica Blu. Each car will take several weeks to paint as the color is applied layer by later by artisans. The body is disassembled and reassembled three times so pinstripes in the three separate colours can be hand-painted directly onto the body.

"Battista Anniversario features one of the most complex paint finishes in the world," said Luca Borgogno, Chief Design Officer, Automobili Pininfarina. "The process of creating such a finish is akin to a great artist completing an Old Master painting. The result is more than just a visual work of art. Styling, balanced with ultimate performance, produces a genuine Pininfarina: the beauty of power and the power of beauty."

Each Battista Anniversario comes equipped with the new Furiosa package, which will be made available on any model in the Battista lineup moving forward. The package includes a evised carbon fibre front splitter, side blades and rear diffuser.

To add a touch of specialty to the anniversary model, those parts are finished in a two-tone combination of signature carbon and carbon tinted with Iconica Blu with pinstripe in Bianco Sestriere.

Besides the package, each Batista Anniversario is finished with a bespoke rear wing, rear aero fins, and other unique details. It is 10 kg lighter than the Battista thanks to a new wheels design, which moves to center-lock forge aluminum wheels that are now 21-inches as opposed to the previous model's 20-inchers.

Buyers also get unique seats that are finished in sustainably-crafted black leather and black Alcantara. An engraved chassis plate, headlight engraving, "Anniversario" script on the side wings, black anodized dedication door plaques, "Pininfarina 90"logos, and a specially engraved chassis plate between the seats of the coupe finish the details.

Like the Battista, the car is powered by a 120 kWh battery that is paired with four electric motors that generate 1,900 horsepower. This makes the model quicker than a Formula 1 car, getting from zero to 100 km/h in less than two seconds.