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1,900-horsepower Pininfarina Battista electric hypercar wrapping up testing

The Battista made a big splash when it debuted last year showcasing nearly 2,000 horsepower.

Photo courtesy of Automobili Pininfarina

Automobili Pininfarina broke ground debuting the first fully electric luxury hypercard last year at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. Now, the model is reportedly close to production-ready.

The Battista's technical development schedule is headed by Automobili Pininfarina Sportscar Director Rene Wollmann, formerly of Mercedes-AMG. "The mule vehicles running the chassis and powertrain concepts for Battista have already achieved 80 per cent of their performance capability without issue," said Willmann. "This means that our EV performance is already equal to the most powerful combustion engine-powered hypercar currently in the world. And in the simulation and wind tunnel testing phase, by fine tuning the aero packaging, we've already seen a significant increase in the potential range of Battista versus our original prediction.

2021 Pininfarina BattistaThe Battista is entering its final stages of testing.Photo courtesy of Automobili Pininfarina

Former Formula One and Formula E driver Nick Heidfeld, now a Development Driver and Ambassador for the Italian luxury car marque will be behind the wheel during testing.

"In the next six months we will progress to delivering a thrilling pure-electric hypercar that seamlessly produces 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque across a range of driving modes to suit varying environments," said Wollmann. Our clients cannot wait to experience this performance alongside Nick Heidfeld."

The next few months will be filled with a full roster of testing, evaluation, and continued development in a variety of climates. It is anticipated that the first hand-crafted Battistas will be delivered to clients at the end of 2020 in Cambiano, Italy.

The Automobili Pininfarina Design Team, led by Chief Design Officer Luca Borgogno, has created a unique livery for Battista prototypes.

2021 Pininfarina BattistaThe Battista sports a unique livery during testing.Photo courtesy of Automobili Pininfarina

"We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response to the aesthetics of Battista since it was first revealed," said Borgogno. "So we have chosen to create a playful and interesting prototype livery design that is clearly inspired by the electrifying performance that lies beneath its beautiful exterior."

The Battista is priced at over $2 million.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

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Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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Chevy offers opens of options for the new Corvette Stingray and Z06.

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After decades of speculation, Chevrolet finally got around to building a mid-engine Corvette. The eighth-generation car, commonly called C8, is brutally quick and paces many (much more expensive) supercars on track. As in years past, however, Chevy's not done with the Corvette after just one version. The automaker typically releases several variations on the car, and the next one we'll see is the Z06, a high-performance, race-bred Corvette. The 2023 Corvette Stingray and Z06 won't be out for a while, but an individual with access to the General Motors Work Bench System shared a dealer options list with the users of Corvette Action Center. The options are numerous, to say the least. Chevy offers more than 20 interior color and material choices, seven wheel options, badges, stripes, and a variety of performance and convenience options.

2023 Chevrolet CorvetteThe Z06 is a race-bred American supercar.Chevrolet

Now a couple years into its eighth generation, the Corvette Stingray is a known quantity. What we don't know is how the Z06 drives, but we do at least have GM-confirmed specs to hold us over until the time comes. The car will come with a 5.5-liter LT6 V8 making 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The engine is a flat-plane crank V8 that makes an incredible sound and runs to an 8,400 rpm redline.

2023 Chevrolet CorvetteThe Z06 features a flat-plane crank V8 with 670 horsepower. Chevrolet

According to the export, the 2023 Corvette enters production on May 9, but dealers can start entering orders on March 24. At this point, it's unclear how abundant either version of the Corvette will be when it finally hits the streets. Supply chain issues have crippled even the most capable automakers' production capabilities, so if you're hoping to get ahold of a Stingray or Z06, it's a good idea to place an order as early as you are able to.

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