Italian hypercar manufacturer teams up with UK audio company

Automobili Pininfarina, the German-Italian manufacturer of the 1,900 hp Battista all-electric hypercar, has announced a new partnership with UK-based audio company Naim Audio.

News of the partnership was revealed as the luxury electric car creator is preparing a small fleet of prototype Battista hypercars for the final stages of its test programme.

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Every Battista will be hand-crafted by Pininfarina in Cambiano near Turin in Italy, with deliveries expected in early 2021. No more than 150 vehicles will be manufactured, each specified with Naim Audio’s in-car sound system.

Automobili Pininfarina Naim Audio rear speaker

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Rene Wollmann, Automobili Pininfarina Director of Sportscars said: “Our clients are eagerly anticipating the unprecedented 1,900 PS driving performance of Battista, and now we will provide an equally thrilling 1,300 Watt 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.”

The newly developed Battista audio system will deliver 1,300 Watts of sonic power through the use of 10 speakers, which will be placed throughout the car’s cabin. The new system features a Dual Voice Coil Subwoofer located between the driver and passenger seats, with super-tweeters amplifying higher frequencies situated behind the two seats and within the vehicle’s butterfly doors.

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Naim Audio has drawn on the expertise of its fellow VerVent Audio brand, Focal, to optimise all of the Battista’s speakers. The UK audio company has also built-in a Digital Signal Processing (DSP) system to further improve the listening experience.

Tuning of the system has been optimised for both the driver and passenger. Pininfarina has said “the symmetrical speaker layout creates an auditorium-like studio effect, which creates realism and ambience that will make it seem as if musicians are playing inside Battista itself.”

Charlie Henderson, Naim Audio Managing Director, said: “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.”

Automobili Pininfarina Naim Audio side

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The Battista will be the most powerful car ever designed, where it will deliver a level of performance that is unachievable today in any road-legal sports car featuring internal combustion engine technology.

It’ll be faster than a current Formula 1 race car, with a sub-2s 0-62mph, and 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque on tap. Its 120 kWh battery will provide power to its four electric motors – one at each wheel – with a simulated WLTP range of over 310 miles (500 km) on a single charge.


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