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The world’s fastest-accelerating production car - electric or otherwise - just broke a host of speed records at India’s Natrax test facility in February. The facility looks amazing.  The rather good-looking Battista by Automobili Pininfarina secured its place as the fastest in the world to complete the both the ¼ mile and ½ mile sprints, in doing so securing the title of fastest road-legal car ever on Indian soil. Why India for a speed test on a German car with Italian names? That’s because the company that owns Automobili Pininfarina is Mahindra, one of India’s biggest automakers. The Battista produces over 1 400 kW (1 900 hp) with a completely ridiculous 2 340 Nm of torque that’s sent across all four wheels via four motors and through a sophisticated torque vectoring system tuned by Automobili Pininfarina’s engineers at the luxury carmaker’s development centre in Italy. Using a V-Box for the speed and acceleration data, the Battista recorded an insane ¼ mile pass with a time of 8.55-seconds and just as scary fast was the ½ mile run that measured in at 13.38-seconds. The testing was carried out by Autocar India’s Hormazd Sorabjee and Renuka Kirpalani who joined the Italian brand’s Performance, Test and Validation Team including Development Driver Stefano Costa. The aim was to show that this exceptional performance is accessible to all Battista owners and drivers.

The acceleration tests used Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R tyres but changed over to the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres for the top speed testing. With Autocar India’s Hormazd Sorabjee at the wheel, he easily posted a top speed of 358.03 km/h on track, far past the previous record of 332 km/h. While it’s not the top speed record for a production car, it is the fastest car ever tested on Indian soil. , which was also held by Autocar India.  Renuka Kirpalani clocked 357.10 km/h, setting the record for the fastest Indian female driver in the world.  These top speed records were validated by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), the Indian sporting body affiliated with the FIA. Paolo Dellachà, Automobili Pininfarina CEO said: “We were very proud to bring Battista to India for the first time.  Collaborative events there with our shareholder Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd were delivered at a significant time for Automobili Pininfarina.  In 2022 we began production of Battista at our new Atelier facility in Italy, with deliveries to customers worldwide starting soon after. This year, new Battista owners are excited to explore the unprecedented performance of this design and engineering masterpiece. These speed records – and independent tests – have validated our ambition to create a new generation of hyper and luxury car leading with Battista, whereby electric power delivers performance that is simply unachievable in the world of ICE powertrains.”
“For Hormazd and his Autocar India team to showcase what is possible with Battista in their hands is hugely important. We conceived Battista as a hyper GT – a special blend of beautiful design and attention to detail synonymous with the Pininfarina brand, allied to extreme electrified performance and a level of vehicle dynamics which sets a new benchmark among hypercars. In these tests, Battista has shown that record-breaking performance is there to be enjoyed by every driver on road or track.” Said Dellachà Hormazd Sorabjee said: “Nothing prepares you for the brutal acceleration and pace of the Battista. It’s like being shot from a cannon. Equally amazing is the ease with which Battista hit its top speed, within just half a straight of Natrax’s high-speed track. Even at VMax, the Battista felt rock solid, relaxed, and discreet. This is the future of speed.” A unique livery adorns the beautiful, exposed carbon fibre body of the Battista tested in India, crafted by Automobili Pininfarina’s talented Colour, Materials and Finishes Design team. The special Battista was the undisputed star of the Hyderabad E Motor Show, then making its spectacular dynamic debut at the 2023 Greenko Hyderabad E-Prix, where former superstar cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was treated to an electrifying lap of the street circuit alongside Mahindra Racing reserve driver Jehan Daruvala.

In 2022 the Battista set a series of performance world records at its test base in Nardò, Italy. Battista’s unique launch control technology contributes to Formula 1 car-beating acceleration, with 0-60mph achieved in 1.79s, 0-100km/h completed in 1.86s, 0-120mph executed in 4.49s and 0-200 km/h obliterated in just 4.75 seconds. Official tests also confirmed Battista achieves the shortest stopping distance of any electric vehicle in the world, completing 100-0 km/h in just 31 metres.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows the company's recent high-speed testing day held in India and marvel both at the facility and of course the fastest accelerating production car on the planet to date showing the world that electricity is the propulsion of the future: Automobili Pininfarina Battista Breaks 1/4 and 1/2 Mile Production Car World Records | Automobili Pininfarina 

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