Pininfarina, of course, claims that the Battista will be the new pinnacle once it arrives with customers in 2020. The simulator stats back up that theory too. The Battista will pull 0.5g more acceleration than the Formula E car and even on Calafat’s short main straight there would be a 50mph difference in speed.
“One might believe you know what to expect with the Battista, but you don’t,” says Heidfeld.
“I’ve driven the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit in the simulator. It’s a circuit I know very well – I’ve driven GT cars, Formula Ford, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and Formula 1 there. Normally the braking points are in roughly the same place, because in F1 you arrive much quicker but you also have a lot more downforce and you have slicks on, so braking points don’t change massively. But in the Battista this completely changes, because the acceleration out of the previous corner is just mind blowing for a normal road car. It’s unique in the way that you have to adjust your driving style and anticipate the next corner.”
That’s quite the gauntlet thrown down for Pininfarina’s first hypercar then. And anything that warrants this kind of driver programme has our interests piqued.