Former Formula 1 (F1) and Formula E driver Nick Heidfeld will showcase the new pure electric Pininfarina Battista hyper GT at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting.
Set to enter production in Italy in 2020 and launch toward the back end of the year, the 1,900-hp car has 2,300 Nm of torque, making it theoretically capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in less than two seconds – faster than a contemporary F1 racer.
In his role as Pininfarina’s lead development driver tasked with tuning the Battista’s dynamic performance, Heidfeld will appear alongside the hypercar at the members-only Goodwood meeting – one of the most exclusive events on the motorsport calendar – on April 5th.
Heidfeld holds the record for the fastest ever time in the legendary Goodwood hillclimb. In 1999, the German completed the narrow, snaking 1.16-mile track – which has an elevation increase of 92.7 metres from start to finish – in just 41.6 seconds, at an average speed of 100.385 mph, while behind the wheel of a McLaren MP4/13 F1 car.
Attendees of the Goodwood Members’ Meeting will have the chance to quiz the former Jordan, Williams and Sauber driver on the Battista’s technology and performance, as well as how it felt to set his record-breaking time on Goodwood Hill two decades ago.
“It is a privilege to return to Goodwood for the UK debut of the Pininfarina Battista,” said Heidfeld.
“The Members’ Meeting is full of legendary sports cars that in many cases have become game changers. We aim for Battista to be regarded in the same way in the future and to be recognised for the perfect combination of beautiful aesthetics and unprecedented performance.”
Prospective owners of the Battista have to register their interest online ahead of the car’s UK launch in late 2020.
No more than 50 Battistas will be available in the whole of Europe, with the car currently expected to carry a price tag of €2 million (£1.7 million).