World's first electric 'hypercar' unveiled, and it's the most powerful road legal car ever

Pininfarina Battista, described as an electric Ferrari, can go 0-60mph in under two seconds

Automobili describes the Pininfarina Battista as 'the hypercar of the future'
Automobili describes the Pininfarina Battista as 'the hypercar of the future'

The world's most powerful road-legal car has been unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – and it's electric.

The Battista is the first vehicle produced by the Munich-based Automobili Pininfarina and has been described by its makers as "the hypercar of the future".

Only 150 Battistas will be built – half of which have already been sold – with delivery beginning in the second half of 2020.

Executives and engineers from Formula 1, Formula E, Lamborghini and Porsche came together to develop the electric car, which is expected to cost between $2m (£1.5m) and $2.5m.

“The world premiere of the Battista hypercar is a pivotal moment in the evolution of performance cars driven by EV technology," said Dilbagh Gill, CEO and team principal of the Mahindra Racing Formula E team.

The Automobili Pininfarina Battista features an innovative T-shaped battery

Its specs rival and occasionally surpass the most impressive supercars currently on the market, proving how far electric cars have come in recent years.

The Battista is capable of launching from 0-60mph in under two seconds and has a top speed of around 220mph.

An innovative 120KWh T-shaped li-ion battery pack that sits between and behind the driver and passenger seats allows the car to run for 280 miles between charges.

"This is the most authentic and exciting automotive story imaginable. The Battista is the hypercar of the future, inspired by a legendary past," said Michael Merschke, chief executive of Automobili Pininfarina.

"It combines true inspiration and innovation in its technical achievement and emotional appeal. Electrification unlocks the door to a new level of performance and a zero-emissions future, whilst a passion and respect for automotive history will define how this landmark car looks and feels."

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