How is the Battista, the new 100% electric hypercar from the Pininfarina brand, designed? Dive into the heart of a workshop like no other…
The Battistathe 100% electric hypercar from Pininfarinabegan production in a new workshop dedicated to Cambiano, located in the Italian region of Piedmont. Alone 150 copies will be handcrafted in this facility of 2,300 m2.
“Since the launch of Automobili Pininfarina in Rome in 2018, we have developed a team of 118 experts, drawn from 20 nations around the world”, Explain Per SvantessonCEO of the luxury brand. “This diverse ‘family’ is now established both in our Munich headquarters and in our northern Italian home, where a growing team of designers, engineers and vehicle development specialists envision the vehicles of the future. . »
“This large family has met significant challenges in recent years by focusing on the satisfaction of Battista owners”, he continues. “The delivery of the Battista this year marks a leap in the advancement of automotive design and technology, and I’m sure owning one will be both rewarding and remarkable.” »
At the heart of the “Battista workshop”
The Battista workshop is divided into 14 production and quality assurance areas. The construction process respects thelegacy of the establishment’s body construction, thanks to the use of modern technologies, such as new assembly facilitiesand more processes and tools traditionalsuch as pneumatic screwdrivers returned to service.
The complete assembly of each Battistaby 10 artisans, takes 10 weeks, be more than 1,250 hours. the rolling frameincluding the electric powertrain, T-battery, carbon fiber monocoque and all electrical systems, first enters the first area to be assessed.
Three to four week painting cycle
The Battista begins to take shape when the bodywork in white primed is glued to the monocoque. With his “Goccia” roof that surrounds the cab, it gains structural strength and rigidity. Mounted on another test bench bespoke, this two-day process measures and record each dimension and parameter in a measurement area. The bodywork is then dismantled from the chassis with a view to its transfer to a dedicated paint facility.
The standard paint cycle lasts from three to four weeks and uses a new compound with a multi-layer metallic finish. Each panel is mounted on another test bench to ensure perfect color match. While the exterior paint is perfected, the dashboard and interior elements are mounted.
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Two days to assemble 80% of the vehicle
In the fifth zone, 80% of the vehicle is assembledwhich takes two days. An ergonomic lifter with a bespoke jig helps craftsmen achieve the tight tolerances required for items such as wheel arches and the flat floor. The butterfly doors are also mounted at this stage using other mounting equipment.
The first checks and put into service End of line checks are then carried out, using custom software and tools to check that all standards are met. The car then goes into customer mode to make sure everything is working, including battery charging, infotainment and sound signature.
Deliveries will begin this summer
In the last workstation, the Battista is placed on another lift for 24 hours in order to carry out a complete alignment of the wheels and the direction. Each vehicle is then checked in the water management area to ensure that water cannot enter the vehicle, regardless of its intensity, before final signing off and completion of its digital newspaper.
The end of line quality checks are carried out by specialists. They also include functional tests, an aesthetic evaluation in the light tunnel and road tests. This ultimate GT test program is conducted on a bespoke course designed to evaluate each Battista in a way that replicates how owners will use their vehicle on a varied route.
Each Battista is verified by the same test pilot down to the smallest detail, before returning to Cambiano where the protective packaging is removed before a final aesthetic check, to be ready for delivery to customers. Deliveries will begin this summer.
Source: Pininfarina Automobili
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