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New Pininfarina Battista Edizione Nino Farina pays homage to first F1 champ


Pininfarina is celebrating the first F1 world champion with a new version of its electric hypercar: the Battista Edizione Nino Farina.

The new model will be limited to just five examples and feature a ‘curated’ specification that includes Rosso Nino paint (a deep red that echoes the liveries of fifties Grand Prix cars), new 10-spoke forged-aluminium Glorioso alloy wheels with a satin-gold finish, and a handpainted ‘01’ on the flanks to celebrate Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina’s title victory in 1950. It’s set to make its public dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with former hillclimb record holder Nick Heidfeld at the wheel.

The car has the same tech as a regular Battista, meaning 1,877bhp, a 0-62mph time of 1.86 seconds and a battery that can take the car up to 296 miles between charges. But Pininfarina believes that its well-heeled customers are likely to snap up a fixed specification that’s been created by the company itself, as well as the bespoke service normally offered on Battista orders.

That was the case with the five examples of the Battista Annivesario, which sold out in 24 hours to collectors who are said to have large warehouse-scale garages of rare vehicles. Pininfarina has not confirmed a price for the Edizione Nino Farina, but it’s likely to at least match the Anniversario’s fee of around £2.3million.

As well as a bespoke two-tone interior treatment, with the driver’s seat in black sustainable leather and the passenger’s seat in beige-and-black Alcantara, each of the Battista Edizione Nino Farina vehicles will have an individual themed plaque to set it apart from the others. The five bespoke aluminium passenger-door plates will celebrate different milestones in Farina’s life: his date and place of birth, his first F1 and debut win in the 1950 British GP, his second victory in that year’s Swiss GP, his third and final race win at the 1950 Italian GP and his 1950 F1 title success.

Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina, was the uncle of Nino Farina, and took him as a 16-year old to participate in his first ever race. Dave Amantea, Automobili Pininfarina’s Chief Design Officer, said, “This is our tribute to a family dynasty – to the man who will forever be known as the first driver ever to be crowned a Formula One World Champion, and to our founder, the man responsible for igniting his passion for racing.”

Automobili Pininfarina’s CEO Paolo Dellacha said, “Our clients demand rarity, exclusivity and the quality of execution synonymous with unique and coachbuilt Pininfarina designs of the past. In our imagination, Nino would have dreamt to drive with his uncle Battista, pushing the car to its limits. As he did every time he raced.”

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