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Pininfarina Battista scoops up four production car acceleration records

Pininfarina Battista scoops up four production car acceleration records
Running a 1,900-horsepower Rimac powertrain, the Pininfarina Battista has just scooped up a swag of production car acceleration records
Running a 1,900-horsepower Rimac powertrain, the Pininfarina Battista has just scooped up a swag of production car acceleration records
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Running a 1,900-horsepower Rimac powertrain, the Pininfarina Battista has just scooped up a swag of production car acceleration records
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Running a 1,900-horsepower Rimac powertrain, the Pininfarina Battista has just scooped up a swag of production car acceleration records
That doesn't look like a sticky drag-prepped track to us
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That doesn't look like a sticky drag-prepped track to us
The Battista now has some of the most coveted acceleration records in the bag
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The Battista now has some of the most coveted acceleration records in the bag
It claimed a braking record as well
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It claimed a braking record as well
Most importantly, the doors go up, so you're definitely getting your US$2.2 million dollars' worth
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Most importantly, the doors go up, so you're definitely getting your US$2.2 million dollars' worth
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It seems Rimac has been beaten by its own mighty powertrain. The Rimac-powered Pininfarina Battista electric hypercar has just snatched the production car acceleration records from 0-60-120 mph (and 0-100-200 km/h), and it's set a braking record too.

At the Dubai Autodrome, the pretty Battista laid down its new record times on what appears to be an untreated piece of racetrack, rather than a drag strip sprayed with VHT or PJ1 TrackBite resins for extra grip on takeoff. Either way, from a standing start, it went from 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 1.79 seconds, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 1.86 seconds, 0-120 mph (193 km/h) in 4.49 seconds and 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 4.75 seconds – making it the fastest production car ever to those vaunted marks.

Most importantly, the doors go up, so you're definitely getting your US$2.2 million dollars' worth
Most importantly, the doors go up, so you're definitely getting your US$2.2 million dollars' worth

The previous best was the Rimac Nevera, which measured a 1.9-second 0-60-mph mark in August last year on a prepped drag strip. The Battista is built on a Rimac powertrain, but specified for a measly 1,900 horsepower instead of the Nevera's far more substantial 1,914 hp. The Battista weighs less, at about 2,063 kg (2,548 lb) to the Nevera's 2,150 kg (4,740 lb), but since both electric hypercars are so wildly overpowered, maybe it's traction that separates them. Pininfarina uses Pirelli, Rimac uses Michelin, and Pininfarina says it uses a "unique launch control technology."

Sadly, the Battista didn't record a full quarter mile, so we can't see if the Nevera would catch up and take a drag race due to its higher outright top speed.

The Battista did manage to set another record on the day, though, claiming the world record for the fastest-braking EV by pulling up from 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 31 m (102 ft). For reference, SupercarLists quotes the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series as taking 28 m (92 ft), making it the outright production street car stopping champion. I guess weight is the enemy here; the Black series weighs around 75% of what the Battista does, lugging a 120-kWh battery pack designed for some 500 km (310 miles) of range autonomy.

Check out a video below.

Watch Battista Undergo the 200 km/h Acceleration Test

Source: Pininfarina

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5 comments
5 comments
usugo
we need just to find a Nevera and a Batista and put them head to head.
Shouldn't be that hard to find a couple of them at any walmart parking lot! :-P
paul314
'Pininfarina says it uses a "unique launch control technology."'

Spinning the tires on takeoff is pretty, but it's also wasteful. So likely the same kind of sensing that gives you antilock braking, only applied to acceleration, and with a few thousand times fancier algorithms...

guzmanchinky
This is the supercar future, no matter how badly many don't want it...
claudio
while the car is super cool, the wheels are soooo un-original
Daishi
I've actually seen one of these in the wild before. It took googling it to learn what it was. I'm not surprised to learn that Bugatti decided to merge with the parent company (Rimac) responsible for the tech behind this thing. That relationship should continue producing a lot of stuff I will never afford outside of using them in video games lol