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Pininfarina's 1900 horsepower Battista EV will go over 217 MPH

Take that, Rimac.
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As it promised last year, Pininfarina is taking on Rimac with the Battista, a 1900 horsepower/2,300 nm (1,700 ft-pound) hypercar EV that the company calls "the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and built in Italy." Suffice to say, this car will be quick, with a top speed of "over 350 km/h" (217 MPH) and a zero to 62 mph time of "under 2 seconds." Though the target market might not care much, it will have a 120 kWh battery that'll give it about 450 km (279 miles) of range.

The aggressive EV looks like it's searching for the nearest track, and is evocative of Pininfarina's many Ferrari and other designs. The company has yet to reveal a price, but only 150 copies will be built, exactly like Rimac's Concept Two. So imagine the most money you can pay for a car, double it, and you might have the Battista's price.

Gallery: Pininfarina Battista world premiere | 36 Photos

After Pininfarina pulled the wraps off the Battista, I saw a car that was pretty interesting from nearly every angle. As you'd expect from an experienced design company, it didn't hit any false notes, other than a rear-end that looked slightly too large from directly behind. Given its heritage, I'm a bit surprised that Pininfarina didn't unveil a red car (there will be white, gray and blue versions), but the white model at least has red accents.

Last year at Geneva, Rimac unveiled the Concept Two, which is also a 1,900 horsepower EV hypercar. It too, will be built in a limited 150 car production run, so it's hard not to see Pininfarina's Battista as a pure rival. At the same time, Pininfarina might be starting off "easy" with an expensive, limited edition car, with plans to ramp up to cheaper EVs to compete with Porsche, Audi, Jaguar and others.

Gallery: Pininfarina Battista press photos | 19 Photos

The Battista will be built in partnership with Mahindra Racing and and enlist performance car experts that worked on Porsche's Mission E and other EVs. Pinifarina calls it a "halo car" for a future range of luxury EVs. Despite the ridiculous performance and power, it's a true, 100 percent electric car with zero emissions -- quite a halo, indeed.

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Steve should have known that civil engineering was not for him when he spent most of his time at university monkeying with his 8086 clone PC. Although he graduated, a lifelong obsession of wanting the Solitaire win animation to go faster had begun. Always seeking a gadget fix, he dabbles in photography, video, 3D animation and is a licensed private pilot. He followed l'amour de sa vie from Vancouver, BC, to France and now lives in Paris.

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