News of the partnership has been revealed as the luxury electric car creator Automobili Pininfarina prepares a small fleet of prototype Battista hypercars for the final stages of a rigorous test programme beginning in August.
Every Battista pure-electric hypercar will be hand-crafted by Pininfarina in Cambiano near Turin in Italy, with deliveries to clients worldwide beginning early in 2021. No more than 150 of these cars will be created.
Rene Wollmann, Automobili Pininfarina Director of Sportscars says, “Our clients are eagerly anticipating the unprecedented 1,900 PS driving performance of Battista, and now we will provide an equally thrilling 1,300W in-car sound experience for their pleasure.
“We will also harness the sound of Battista’s four e-motors, which will provide a unique and exciting soundtrack when this hypercar accelerates at speeds up to 350 km/h. Electrification creates an entirely new dimension and opportunity for sound tuning throughout Battista.”
Automobili Pininfarina’s engineers and designers have seamlessly integrated new Naim Audio speakers and associated electronics into the luxurious interior of Battista.
The newly developed Battista audio system delivers 1,300W of sonic power through 10 speakers arranged inside the appointed cabin of Automobili Pininfarina’s first pure-electric car. The new system features a dual voice coil subwoofer located between driver and passenger seats, with super-tweeters amplifying higher frequencies situated behind the seats and in the panels of Battista’s dramatic butterfly doors.
Naim Audio has drawn on the expertise of its fellow VerVent Audio brand, Focal, to optimise all speakers for their unique environment, while Naim Audio masters have tuned the hypercar’s amplification and built-in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) system to deliver in-car audio with an immersive listening experience. Tuning is optimised for both driver and passenger: a symmetrical speaker layout is designed to create an auditorium-like studio effect.
Charlie Henderson, Naim Audio Managing Director, adds, “I am thrilled that our first EV hypercar audio system has been created specifically for the groundbreaking Battista by Automobili Pininfarina. In the electric vehicle era, audio becomes more important than ever.
“At cruising speeds, the nature of Battista will be serene and peaceful and in this scenario, sound quality will be critical. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to create an all-new sound experience that is as revolutionary as Battista itself. Using the finest components from audiophile-grade automotive speakers, alongside our expertise in DSP and audio tuning, Battista will offer an exceptional sonic experience.”