Naim Audio partners with Pininfarina for all-electric Battista hypercar

posted on Tuesday, 28th July 2020 by Steve May

Hi-fi  High-end  Automotive 

Automobili Pininfarina has announced a new partnership with high-end UK Hi-Fi outfit Naim Audio, which promises to combine the most powerful Italian sports car of all time with the best in-car listening experience. Is this a marriage made in high-tech heaven? 

The Battista is said to be capable of a level of performance unachievable in any road-legal sports car featuring internal combustion engine technology.

Faster than a current Formula 1 race car in its 0 -100 km/h sub-two second sprint, and with 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm torque on tap, the Battista combines extreme engineering and technology in a zero emissions package. Its 120 kWh battery provides power to four electric motors, one at each wheel, with a simulated WLTP range of over 500 km (310 miles) on a single charge.

Battista Cabin

Battista Rear Spoilr

Every Battista hypercar will be hand-crafted by Pininfarina, in Cambiano near Turin Italy, with deliveries to clients worldwide scheduled for early in 2021. No more than 150 hypercars will be created, each specified with a bespoke in-car sound system by Naim.

“Our clients are eagerly anticipating the unprecedented 1,900 PS driving performance of Battista,” says Rene Wollmann, Automobili Pininfarina Director of Sportscars, “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 seamlessly integrated Battista audio system delivers 1300 Watt of amplification through 10 speakers arranged inside the cabin. A Dual Voice Coil Subwoofer sits between driver and passenger seats, with super-tweeters situated behind the seats and in the panels of Battista’s signature butterfly doors.

Naim Audio has drawn on the expertise of fellow VerVent Audio brand, Focal, to optimise all the speakers for this unique environment. Naim has tuned the hypercar’s amplification and built-in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) system, to create ‘a truly immersive listening experience’.

Tuning has been optimised for both driver and passenger, with a symmetrical speaker layout creating an auditorium-like studio effect. It will seem as if musicians are playing inside Battista itself, we’re told.

Naim Audio Battista Hypercar

Naim Audio Battista Sound System (1)

“I am thrilled that our first EV hypercar audio system has been created specifically for the groundbreaking Battista by Automobili Pininfarina,” adds Charlie Henderson, Naim Audio’s Managing Director. In the electric vehicle era, audio becomes more important than ever, he notes.

“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.”

A bit about Naim Audio...

Every Naim product is conceived, designed and engineered entirely in service of the sound, revealing a pure experience of music that is as close as possible to its original live source...

Naim Audio

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Tel: +44 (0) 1722 426 600

Website: https://www.naimaudio.com/

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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