Autocar writers' cars of 2021: Pininfarina Battista

Autocar writers’ cars of 2021: Pininfarina Battista

Three cars have really stood out for me this year.

One, the Caterham Seven 170, has a mere 660 cubic centimetres of three-cylinder engine capacity and makes just the 84bhp. It’s a joy. Two is the Hyundai i20 N, a car that I found incredibly easy to adore. It’s light, has the ‘right’ amount of power and is so agile and adjustable that it’s pretty much everything I want in a small hot hatchback.

Then there’s the third. And, well, it goes about life in a slightly different manner.

The Pininfarina Battista exists basically to say that Pininfarina exists as a. carmaker as well as the famous design house. There’ll only be 150 Battistas and they’ll each cost £2m. They’re electric. And they have 1876bhp. Pininfarina’s follow-up EVs won’t be like this.

Pininfarina calls the Battista the world’s first electric hyper GT car. Now, I don’t know about you, but the Battista, as well as two other electric hypercars the Rimac Nevera which is broadly similar underneath, and the Lotus Evija, which isn’t, were not things I’d expect to call driver’s cars.

They weigh two tonnes or thereabouts – 2.2 in the Battista’s case – and that is not conducive to making a car fun to drive, even if it can do 217mph and 0- 62mph in less than two seconds.