This Road-Legal Electric “Hypercar” Is as Fast as a Bullet Train

Italian carmaker Pininfarina just revealed the Battista at this year's Geneva Motor Show: a road legal 1900 horsepower hypercar.

The Battista

The BBC calls it “the fastest road car in the world.”

Italian automaker Pininfarina just revealed a monster of an electric car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: the Battista — a road-legal electric supercar as fast as some bullet trains.

2019 #GenevaMotorShow: 1,900PS #Pininfarina #Battista can touch 100kmph in less than 2s! Has a driving range of 450km. Will be launched in 2020.

Read: https://t.co/OHhDkQNYaD@GimsSwiss @automobiliPinin #GIMS2019 pic.twitter.com/a6RZY2GMkI

— OVERDRIVE (@odmag) March 5, 2019

The “Formula 1-inspired hypercar” is being hailed as “the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and built in Italy,” by its creators, and is slated to arrive in 2020.

That’s all thanks to the electric drivetrain: “a feat that would simply be impossible to achieve with internal combustion technology,” according the company.

The specs are seriously impressive: zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds, zero to 186 mph (300 km/h) in under 12, and a top speed of 217 mph (349 km/h) — which is as fast, for comparison, as the maximum operating speed of some bullet trains.

Specially designed motors on each wheel give the Battista a blistering 1900 horsepower — roughly twice the power of a Formula 1 racecar — and a substantial 120 kWh battery gives it a range of up to 280 miles (450 km).

Roadster Vs. Battista

The specs are reminiscent of Tesla’s much-hyped Roadster, also expected in 2020. In November 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the Roadster will accelerate from zero to 60 in as little as 1.9 seconds with a total range of 600 miles (1,000 km). The roadster’s top speed of 250 mph (400 km/h), according to Musk, will be even faster than the Battista.

Only 150 Battistas will ever be made and they’ll cost about $2.2 million dollars each — whereas the Roadster will cost only about $200,000.

But we’ll have to wait until car enthusiasts have a chance to battle it out for the title of the fastest ever road-legal hypercar.

READ MORE: Pininfarina’s Battista is a 1900-horsepower all-electric hypercar [Electrek]

More on hypercars: Elon Musk Says An Upcoming Tesla Roadster Will Hover. Is He Joking?

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