The Pininfarina Battista – Pininfarina’s new 1900bhp electric hypercar – arrives in London and will be free to drive in the ULEZ.
The Pininfarina Battista makes its UK debut this week at the Goodwood Members Meeting, with former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld – now Pininfarina’s development driver – on hand to help pitch the Battista’s credentials. And they’re pretty good credentials.
With a design by Pininfarina, the Battista is a properly good-looking hypercar – electric or not – and with much of its underpinnings from Rimac it has terrific EV credentials too.
It means an electric hypercar with 1900bhp, capable of 0-62mph in under 2.0 seconds and a range of 300 miles. Although the downside is a price in the millions.
But Pininfarina has a way of demonstrating that, although the price is high, it really doesn’t matter when you can drive the Battista in London’s new ULEZ (which comes in to effect next week) without paying a penny. Yes, you’ll save £12.50 a day. Although every Euro4 petrol and Euro6 diesel can claim the same.
Pininfarina are keen to point out that the Battista will arrive just as the ULEZ gets extended out to the north and south circular in 2021, which means an even bigger area the Battista will be able to drive in without paying. Just like every Euro4 petrol and Euro6 diesel.
But it’s a strong pitch for the Battista; by our reckoning, at £12.50 a day ‘saving’, it’ll only take around 440 years to recoup your £2 million purchase price. Although, to be entirely fair, the Battista is exempt from the regular congestion charge too. Although that ends for EVs in 2025.
So it’s a real no-brainer. Order your Battista now.