Chandan B Mallik, Kolkata: Michael Perschke, the Managing Director and CEO who was instrumental in the creation of Mahindra-owned Munich Germany-based Automobili Pininfarina’s business model and strategy has decided to step down. Perschke joined Automobili Pininfarina in 2018 and before that, he was associated with the company as an advisor for a year. It was under Perschke’s watch, Pininfarina introduced its first Battista Hypercar in 2019 at the Geneva Auto Salon.
Mahindra released a statement saying that Per Svantesson has been appointed to the role of managing director and CEO of the company as an interim arrangement, effective immediately.
Announcing the appointment of Per Svantesson, Automobili Pininfarina chairman and Mahindra & Mahindra managing director Pawan Goenka said, “We are pleased to appoint Per Svantesson as the Managing Director and CEO for Automobili Pininfarina with immediate effect. Per has worked closely with our business since 2017 and calls upon 36 years of international experience in senior automotive industry positions.”
“Per will now work under the guidance of the Board as we continue on our mission to make Automobili Pininfarina the most desirable and sustainable luxury electric carmaker in the world,” said Goenka.
Battista: world’s fastest Hypercar
Battista is an electric sports car which uses state-of-the-art technologies in its build. The company has also partnered with specialists like Croatia-based Rimac for powertrains and system management. The lightweight hand-built car has been designed in the style centre of Cambiano, led by Carlo Bonzanigo. The design ethos has been simple: build the most powerful street-legal vehicle ever produced with lines are unmistakably those of a Pininfarina.
With form and function in mind, the Italian design company which has a long association with Ferrari has exhibited its expertise in developing ideal proportions of this car while factoring in its technical make-up that includes A full carbon-fibre monocoque, bonded composite roof, rear subframe with crash structures of carbon fibre and aluminium, and its lift and tilt butterfly wing style doors.
Pininifarina prefer to design cars with minimalist ideologies and this ethos also transcends in the Battista with a simple line that connects A- and B-pillars that defines the shape of the doors and glass area. The line ends just above a bridge that connects the cabin to the rear end and channels air into the rear cooling zone.
The cabin also mimics the exterior carbon fibre theme with a composite material steering wheel in front of two large LCD screens on either side, displaying vital data to the driver. The luxury interior is upholstered in leather and seats are quilted for comfort.
The car is technically an AWD as it uses four motors on each wheel which are powered by lithium/manganese/nickel liquid-cooled 120 kWh battery pack. The combined power output of all motors is whopping 1,877hp with jaw-dropping 2,300Nm of torque.
Performance figures are staggering, with 0 to 96km/h in under 2 seconds and top speed north of 347km/h.
The carmaker claims on a single charge there’s enough juice for it to be driven up to 450km. DC fast charging will also be provided.
An important feature that will assist drivers in its handling is torque vectoring which enables independent distribution of torque and power to each wheel. Torque vectoring is must in such cars to manage infinitely variable dynamic responses that are in lieu of the traditional stability control and traction control systems.
The deliveries of the $2mn plus car is expected to begin this year, the year Pininfarina celebrates its 90th anniversary, but could be delayed due to the current COVID-19 crisis in Europe.