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  • Pininfarina has announced that production of its Battista supercar has begun production.
  • The Battista is based on the Rimac Nevera and has a price tag of $1.99 million and a top speed of 217 mph.
  • Other supercar collaborations are sure to follow from Rimac/VW partners such as Audi, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche and even Hyundai.

    Yesterday, Rimac announced that its all-electric Nevera supercar has officially entered production. Italian brand Pininfarina today announced that Nevera-based Battista will begin rolling out its factory doors. Which leads to the next question: How many variants of Rimac Nevera can they make?

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    One year ago, Rimac announced a rather complex ownership deal that involved a number of automakers.

    “The Rimac Group itself is owned by Porsche (24%), Hyundai (12%), founder Mate Rimac (37%) and other investors own the remaining 27%, we wrote last year in a vain attempt to settle the deal. The Rimac Group is split into 100% owned Rimac Technology. For the Rimac group and the new Bugatti Rimac. Among the Bugatti Rimacs, the Rimac group owns 55% while the Porsche owns 45%.”

    Understood?

    But then remember that Porsche and Bugatti are owned by Volkswagen, which also owns Audi and Lamborghini and you see that the Rimac Nevera can easily be reassembled into a number of incredibly fast and expensive supercars. As of last year’s deal, Hyundai (with its 12% stake in the Rimac group) was working on an all-electric Model N.

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    Pininfarina Batista (above) She strives to separate herself from her stablemate, Rimak Never.

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    So who knows what’s coming? For now, all we know for sure is that Rimac makes Neveras in Croatia, and Pininfarina has just started making Battistas from Nevera in Cambiano, Italy.

    How much is Rimac Nevera in each Pininfarina Battista?

    “The rolling Battista chassis, comprising the electric powertrain, T-shaped battery, carbon fiber monocoque body, and all electrical systems, enters the first region for evaluation under Automobili Pininfarina’s stringent quality standards,” Pininfarina told us. “Her case is registered here. This is the first of many electronically managed gates that Batista must pass through as she makes her way through Cambiano.”

    So Pininfarina gets most of what it takes to make a supercar straight from Croatia. From there it begins work on creating “the world’s first pure electric GT – a leading offering for customers and collectors who demand the highest level of luxury, performance and exhilaration.”

    Note the term GT, for Gran Turismo, a category that usually refers to a more comfortable cruiser that can also accelerate like a bolt of lightning.

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    Pininfarina Battista doors pass through the factory in Cambiano, Italy, before being paired with the body.

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    “This is not only the most powerful Italian road-legal car ever built, but also offers an entirely new approach to sustainable motoring luxury, capable of delivering superior performance and rugged refinement,” said Per Svantesson, CEO of Automobili Pininfarina. “It’s a true GT that looks to the future of sustainability, backed by the latest in-vehicle technology and a nearly unlimited scope for customization, both outside and inside.”

    The Batista will have 1,900 horsepower, 1,726 pound-feet of torque, a 0-62 mph “under 2.0 seconds” time, and 300 miles of EPA range. Let’s not forget the $1.99 million price tag and 217 mph top speed. Four electric motors draw power from a 120 kWh battery. Each motor drives a single wheel and can be independently controlled via torque vectoring and electronic control to make the most of all that power. Drivers can choose from five modes whose names probably don’t translate all that well: Calm, Purity, Lively, Angry and Personal.

    “We use power neutral torque vectoring on the Batista,” said Georgios Seropoulos, Chassis Dynamics Manager at Pininfarina. “We recover and convert as much electrical energy as possible, rather than using mechanical brakes that convert the energy into heat, which in turn also heats up the braking system. This active energy transfer takes place directly through the four motors and is much faster and more efficient than the classic brake intervention. Throughout the five dynamic modes, a variety of driving experiences are offered to drivers, from a hyper-accurate racing setup with maximum excitement and engaging dynamic driving, to a setup geared toward the full GT experience of comfort, relaxation and making sure every ride is enjoyable.”

    Rimac Nevera’s next potential replacement may be Bugatti’s Pininfarina Battista, a company already committed to an all-electric future. While announcing the new Bugatti Rimac Design and Engineering Hub in Berlin, the company lit up a picture of the existing Bugatti and Rimac cars. In the lineup are two covered cars, one with a large R badge for Rimac and one with the Bugatti badge.

    Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said he expects an all-electric supercar in the future but not before 2025.

    “The battery is going to be the cylinder of tomorrow, so we still have to investigate the high-power, high-density cells,” Bloom told reporters after the company’s annual general meeting. “We’ll invest in these cells, and when we have the right cell for a high-powered car, we’ll get to the point, but I don’t think about this car until the second half of the decade.”

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    Lamborghini Terzo Millennio wowed the crowd in Geneva in 2018 with supercapacitors instead of batteries.

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    Lamborghini introduced the all-electric Terzo Millennio in 2019, but it uses ultra-high-capacity capacitors instead of batteries. Lamborghini’s Asterion was a three-engine hybrid, and the Sián FKP 37 was another hybrid with an electric motor mounted next to the gearbox. But Lambo said it will build an all-electric supercar before 2030. The Italian brand could also make a production four-door version of the 2008 Estoque concept using the existing all-electric Porsche Taycan platform, but that wouldn’t be a Rimac-based hypercar. Regardless, Lamborghini only makes supercars (and a couple of SUVs), so a future Rimac would make sense, and CEO Stephan Winkelmann said he expects a full-blown supercar by 2028.

    And what about Audi? The automaker Ingolstadt has electric appliances on the market now and has released three electric concepts over the past year: Skysphere, Grandsphere and Urbansphere. Nothing qualifies as an excessive vehicle. Five years ago, speculation about the Audi electric supercar went nowhere. The most likely scenario is a version of a Lamborghini/Porsche supercar similar to the Audi R8, sharing a platform with Porsche and Lamborghini, or a four-door e-tron GT that shares mechanics with the Porsche Taycan.

    Confused yet? We haven’t even discussed what the Hyundai N supercar could be. The South Korean automaker said it’s working on a global modular electric platform that could support Supercar N, but we haven’t heard much about that. Hyundai is still in a big ownership deal for Rimac and was quick to dismiss a report that it had pulled out of it, calling the report “fake news.” So there is hope in Korea.

    Overall, it’s a great time to shop for an electric supercar, and it will get better in the near future.

    Do you think the long queue of All electric supercars Will it help grow the market for mainstream electric vehicles? How many electric supercars does the world need? Please comment below.

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