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Bring a Trailer Introduces New Premium Services

BRING A TRAILER INTRODUCES PLUS AND WHITE GLOVE PREMIUM SERVICES FOR A CUSTOM SELLING EXPERIENCE

The Plus Service includes professional photography and listing assistance while the White Glove Service provides sellers of high-end collector vehicles with a concierge listing experience with a customizable menu of services and direct communication with Bring a Trailer staff.

Online collector car auction host Bring a Trailer has expanded its available services with two additional ways to help sellers and buyers connect. In addition to its current $99 Classic listings, the site now offers Plus listings which include professional photography and writing consultation as well as the new White Glove Service which provides assistance to sellers through the process from start to finish – custom tailoring the listing services to the needs of the seller. A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is the first collector car to be listed using Bring a Trailer’s White Glove Service and will sell at no-reserve on the Bring a Trailer Premium Services landing page, bringatrailer.com/premium.

Bring a Trailer’s new Plus listings offer sellers the same features that users are familiar with but adds professional photography services courtesy of its photography partner Snappr as well as staff consultations to help sellers show their automobile in its best light. This will help buyers better communicate the details of their automobile to the Bring a Trailer audience leading to a better experience for both. The new service charges a flat rate of $349.

For owners of rare and valuable collector vehicles or vehicle collections, the new, top-tier White Glove Service custom tailors an exclusive catalog of listing services to the specific needs of each seller. This custom selling experience can include professional photography as well as writing and curation of the listing, but there is no limit to the marketing which can be done with this option through both internal and external promotion. Pricing for the White Glove Service is dependent on the services desired. Both Plus and White Glove listings can now also be hosted for up to 21 days.

 “Our mission is to simplify the selling and buying process as much as possible,” said Bring a Trailer Founder Randy Nonnenberg. “These two additional methods of listing an automobile on our site are about providing more to our customers. More convenience, more services and, ultimately, more great cars. We are excited to be able to connect cars and car people on our site through our Premium and White Glove Service listings.”

Bring a Trailer’s new services is now available and hosts its first sale, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, at no-reserve immediately. Click here to see the listing, and here to learn more about the two new services.

About Bring a Trailer

Bring a Trailer was founded in 2007 to help connect buyers with the best rare, unique and collectible cars in the world. Site staff sift through submissions to offer only the best and most interesting cars in a unique, usable and community-oriented platform. Sellers can speak directly with bidders, answering questions and sharing photos. Over 15,000 cars have been listed on Bring a Trailer since its inception with more being added every day. Bring a Trailer auctions are listed at a flat-rate starting at just $99 with a sell-through rate of 75%.

Supercar-inspired Design in this Classic British Defender 110

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for its prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, built its latest Defender 110 with design inspiration from modern supercars.
The custom wide-body Defender 110, also known as Project Soho, was designed with inspiration from the client’s collection of modern supercars. It’s finished in Quantum Gray, an Audi original color, but in an eggshell finish chosen by the client for a more exotic look.

There’s no shortage of power in Project Soho which features a 6.2L V8 engine that has been tuned to produce up to 565 horsepower. Adding to the modern dimension of this custom British icon, is the edition of E.C.D’s fully adjustable air suspension, providing an ultra-smooth ride, making it ideal for comfortable daily use. The difference in ride quality between the standard suspension and the air suspension is unmistakable. The interior of Project Soho was designed with elements influenced by McLaren. Luxurious Alcantara suede and premium Italian leather throughout. The Corbeau RRS seats are upholstered in Spinneybeck Prime Meridian Grey leather and grey suede with Carmen Red leather trim. The finished look reminds you of the interior of the elite 720S supercar.

“You could think that grey suede and red leather shouldn’t be in a Defender. I think when you see Project Soho, the opinion changes. It’s an absolute showstopper,” says Tom Humble, co-founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

Project Soho Vehicle Specifications:

Model — Custom Wide-body Defender 110
Engine — 6.2L LS3 V8 with 565-hp
Transmission -— 6-speed automatic
Suspension — E.C.D fully adjustable air suspension
Exhaust — Borla Performance with Kahn Crosshair tips

Paint

Body — Quantum Grey in eggshell finish
Roof, Hood, Wheel spats — Black in eggshell finish
Brake Calipers — Red in full gloss

Exterior

Wheels — 20” Kahn Mondial wheels
Tires — BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A
Grille — Kahn X-lander grille
Bumper — Slimline front bumper with LED daytime running lights
Lights — LED headlights; Two 7” LED bar lights
Additional — Full-length side steps; KBX wing-tops; Steering guard; Boomerang Xtreme tire cover; Swing-away wheel carrier

Interior

Front & Middle-row Seats — Corbeau RRS (heated & ventilated)
Load-area Seats — Removable bench pads
Seat Material — Leather, Suede
Suede Color — Alcantara Black
Leather Colors — Spinneybeck Prime Meridian; Spinneybeck Sabrina Carmen
Stitch Color — Scarlet Red
Seat belts — Flame Red
Center Console — Custom E.C.D extended center console
Steering Wheel — Nardi Deep Corn in black suede with red stitching
Gauges — Autocross gauges in red

Audio & Electronics

Radio — Alpine infotainment with Car Play
Speakers — JL Audio 8-speaker amplified sound system with subwoofer
Remote Start System — Viper with keyless entry
Additional — Wireless charging for mobile devices; Rear AC; in-vehicle WiFi; LED interior; Power windows; Power locks

View Project Soho automative design video here

Visit E.C.D website for the Project Soho showcase

Which metro areas are the most revved up about cars?

It’s no secret that there are thousands of car enthusiasts across the country. Many car enthusiasts, like myself, aspire to collect at least a modest collection of notable automobiles.

It’s true that not all of us can achieve the car collection of our dreams. But there are a few select cities where you are more likely to find America’s hidden horsepower than others.

Here’s the deal, WikiLawn, a lawn care company wanted to know which cities top the list when it comes to car enthusiasts. So, they drummed up some US Census data and found out which cities have the highest number of households owning 3 cars or more.

And the results are quite interesting.

In fact, did you know that there 4 cities in the United States where one in four households own 3 cars or more?

That’s a lot of horsepower!

So which city tops the list? Let’s take a look!

5. Nashville, TN

Occupied housing units: 691,266
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 164,594
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 23.81%

Nashville has long been known for its country music; however, car enthusiasts know a different sound that comes from Nashville. That sound is the revving of high horsepower machines. Coming in at number 5 of most revved-up metro areas in the US comes Nashville, Tennessee. With over 160,000 residents owning at least 3 cars. Car fanatics makeup just over 23% of all of Nashville’s residents.

4. Salt Lake City, UT

Occupied housing units: 382,620
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 98,057
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 25.63%

Located deep in the heart of the mid-west, is a city whose motors can be heard as far away as Vegas I am told. Salt Lake City is in at number four when it comes to automobile ownership. Salt Lake City is also one of four cities on this list in which 1 in 4 households have more than three cars. With lots of racing activities and access to the wide-open spaces in the mid-west, it comes as no surprise that Salt Lake City is one of the top 5 revved up cities in America.

3. Richmond, VA

Occupied housing units: 479,256
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 123,195
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 25.71%

Home of the Richmond Raceway and well over 300,000 automobiles, Richmond is more than the state capital of Virginia, it’s a hub for car enthusiasts. If you want to find some of the hidden gems parked in the garages of Richmond, VA, why not check out Cars and Coffee, a bi-monthly gathering of all the top car enthusiasts in Richmond.

2. San Jose, CA

Occupied housing units: 647,891
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 174,268
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 26.90%

California makes this list a number of times, and this perhaps comes as no surprise. California is loaded with automobiles. In fact, according to a 2004 New York Times article, California is noted as the number one state when it comes to car ownership. Surprisingly, there are nearly as many cars as people in California, maybe that’s why the traffic is so bad!

1. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

Occupied housing units: 1,335,366
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 378,794
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 28.37%

In at number one according to WikiLawn’s research is Riverside-San Bernardino, CA. Now, this place is revved up! With a whopping 378,000 households owning at least three cars, it leaves one to wonder just what kind of horsepower is hiding in San Bernadino’s city limits.

In Conclusion
Whether you are an avid car collector, or simply like to admire amazing cars. You would likely feel at home in any of these 5 cities.

It gets better however, there are actually 12 cities which made the list of revved up cities. Including Virginia Beach, Los Angeles, and Denver Colorado. If you want to check out the whole list compiled by WikiLawn’s research, check out The 12 Metro Areas That Are the Most Revved Up About Cars.

All Hail the Driverless Car!

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson and SAFE Autuomous Vehicles VP Amitai Bin-Nun won a recent Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion “All Hail the Driverless Car!” by convincing more of the live NYC audience that a self-driving future would lead to fewer accidents, less traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and greater accessibility.

Their opponents, arguing that driverless cars might never be truly safe or affordable to anyone beyond the wealthy, were NYU data journalism professor Meredith Broussard and MIT transportation researcher Ashley Nunes.

Hear the complete debate as a podcast now here (or on all podcasting platforms under “Intelligence Squared U.S.”): https://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/all-hail-driverless-car

Read selections from all four debaters’ remarks in the new issue of Automotive News: https://www.autonews.com/debate-all-hail-driverless-car

Jaguar Land Rover Unveil North American Debuts

Jaguar Land Rover Unveil North American Debuts at 2019 New York International Auto Show

British automaker showcases its largest model and powertrain line up to date

Jaguar Land Rover has showcased its largest model and powertrain lineup to date from both brands at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

The show, held from April 19 – 28, will serve as the stage for the North American debut of the newly refreshed 2020 Jaguar XE sports sedan and the 2020 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition, as well as the second U.S. auto show appearance for the all-new next-generation 2020 Range Rover Evoque.

The 2019 New York International Auto Show also serves as a milestone in the company’s commitment to electrification, as all electrified Jaguar and Land Rover powertrain options currently offered will be showcased on the stand. In addition to the all-electric (BEV) 2019 Jaguar I-PACE; mild-hybrid (MHEV) 2020 Range Rover Evoque; and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 2020 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the new mild-hybrid (MHEV) inline six-cylinder Ingenium engine debuting in the 2019 Range Rover Sport demonstrates the brand’s continued push to offer an electrified option in every one of its models that are new or significantly redesigned from 2020 onward.  

The Jaguar brand will display a number of vehicles from its current lineup, including the new 2020 Jaguar XE sports sedan, 2019 Jaguar XJ50 limited-edition 50th anniversary luxury sedan and 2020 F-TYPE sports car. The brand’s ‘PACE’ family of SUVs will also be on view, including the new high-performance 550HP 2019 Jaguar F-PACE SVR; the all-electric 2019 Jaguar I-PACE; and 2019 Jaguar E-PACE compact performance SUV.

Land Rover will showcase the latest from its lineup of premium SUVs, including the complete Range Rover family: Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, and the all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque. The Discovery family will also be represented by the Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport.

2019 BUICK ENVISION

by Vaughn Lowery x Tara McDonough

As of late, we had the chance to witness some of the most brilliant talent in Division 1 college basketball conquer the court during March Madness. Exactly like we saw Gonzaga and Texas Tech soar during the championship, we are seeing a fresh new imprint emerge within the auto industry, Buick. State of the art technology at an arms reach coupled with a feisty yet responsive 2.5L 4-cylnder engine. Starting at $32,990, the Buick’s Envision is certainly poised to become a leader within the luxury compact SUV market, sprinting towards perfect with the manufacturer’s potent DNA underneath it’s skin.

PERFORMANCE
The Buick Envision’s 2.0L turbo engine offers increased vehicle performance of 252 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine and transmission updates produce 0-60 mph acceleration just under a half-second quicker than the 2018 model. The nine-speed automatic transmission matched with 2.0L turbo models and single-rate brake booster allows for improved overall performance which requires less effort. This model highlights a few firsts for Buick such as its first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and first Active Twin Clutch AWD system.

EXTERIOR
New front and rear fascias, new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and grille design set this Buick apart from its predecessors. Efficiency-enhancing features including active grille shutters and a structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength steel, and an aluminum hood. The frame is offered in Envision, Preferred, Essence, Premium I and Premium II trims – in FWD and AWD configurations. Lighting upgrades across all trims include HID headlights standard on 2.5L models, bi-functional LED headlamps on 2.0L turbo models and LED wing signature lights on every model.

INTERIOR
The Buick Envision cabin is made up of Dark Galvanized leather-appointed seats with Ebony interior. Front seats are power-adjustable in eight ways and the sliding, 60/40-split rear seat offers the flexibility of more legroom for those occupying the second row. Also available for the second row are kneeling cushions which enable a flatter load floor while he seat is folded. The interior is equipped with tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls. These features combined with an in in-vehicle air ionizer for better air quality and active noise cancellation makes the Buick the perfect ride. For easy usage, Buick implements their first english stop/start deactivation switch and passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start

TECHNOLOGY
The Buick shines even brighter when it comes to its new tech enhancements. Accompanying standard inclusions such as heated and ventilated seating, a premium bose sound system, voice command and WiFi hotspot, the Envision implements next-generation wireless charging with wattage capability for fast and efficient charging. Another stand out is the Teen Driver feature which allows parents to set controls, review driving habits and encourage safe driving habits even when they are not in the vehicle.

SAFETY
Premium trims include the Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Following Distance Indicator. Also included are Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert and the Driver Confidence Package, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Surround Vision and Front Automatic Braking.

Look no further in your search for a top of the line SUV; the Buick Envision combines scientific advances with luxury and comfort in this new model. This sleek front runner caters to all levels of drivers from beginners to experts looking for the latest in the auto industry, going beyond expectations.

Buy here!

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ARKONIK DEFENDER × ASAP

Beat the waiting list. This Defender is available for immediate delivery

With over 200 vehicles exported to North America, we have perfected the art of balancing authentic restoration with modern day comforts. To celebrate our ten-year anniversary in 2017, the Arkonik team curated DECADE. Fast forward eighteen months and we are pleased to unveil this completely restored and reimagined, one-of-a-kind Defender.

Beat the waiting list: DECADE is available for immediate delivery, straight to your doorstep!

Decadent gold accents complement the custom Santorini Black bodywork, including the trademark hinges, KBX® Signature grille and wing-top air intakes. Hand-painted pinstripes have been added along the flanks and under the bulging Puma hood. The distinctive theme continues inside with sumptuous black leather upholstery and gold fluting. DECADE is currently at Arkonik headquarters, ready and waiting to embark on a new adventure.

EXTERIOR

• Bodywork in Santorini Black with gold fleck

• Gold pinstripe & hinges

• Kahn® 1945 18″ alloys with gold lip

• BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires

• Puma hood with Arkonik badge

• KBX Signature grille with gold mesh

• Bumper with gold-rimmed DRLs

• Trucklite® Twin-Cat LED headlamps

• Gold KBX wing-top air-intakes

• Satin Black chequer plate

• Arkonik® Raptor Black steering guard

• Ebony Fire & Ice side steps

• NAS rear step

INTERIOR

• Ruskin Inside™ Supersoft Black leather with gold fluting & stitch

• Recaro® Cross Sportster CS heated front seats

• Central lock box with 12V & twin USB port

• 3 Premium high-back centre row seats

• Matching leather dash & door cards

• Moto-Lita® 15″ black leather steering wheel

• Black anodized gear knobs & door furniture

• Orange LED lighting package

• Pioneer® sound system with Apple® CarPlay & reversing camera display

• Air conditioning

Durango SRT 392

By Tara McDonough x Vaughn Lowery

Durango SRT 392

Starting at the base price of $62,995, the Dodge Durango SRT 392 reinvents the idea of what an SUV is capable of. Recently, 360 MAGAZINE took the Durango from LA to Vegas, toting Diesel, a 200 lb English Mastiff with room to spare. This three row truck not only provides enough space for a family of up to seven, but entertainment options to keep kids busy as well. Among the numerous technology options provided in the SRT is an 8-speed automatic transmission and the ability to tow up to 8,700 lbs.

PERFORMANCE

This remote start system is fit with large mirrors and optional blind-spot warning to provide exceptional visibility. While maintaining the heavy feel of a truck, the Durango provides a composed and planted drive, free of any harsh motions or jiggling. It can reach a higher volume at full throttle, but when cruising noise remains at a peaceful minimum due to its active noise canceling system. This allows the Durango to provide a perfect setting for a family road trip. Under its vented hood lies a 475 hp worth of Hemi V-8 driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic, permitting the Durango to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and braking from 60 mph in 125 ft. The Brembo six piston high-performance brakes feel moderate to soft with long-travel strokes. It is precise and weighted, able to perform quick U-turns and maintains a comfortable slack at freeway speeds. The Durango has 7 SRT drive modes which include street, sport, track, snow, tow, valet, and eco. It’s 4-wheel drive, traction control and low-range gearing provide real off-road capabilities as well. With an annual fuel cost of $3,000, the Durango uses 6.7 gallons per 100 miles.

EXTERIOR

In this newest model appearances can be deceiving, similar to a Transformer in its versatility and markings and easily passing as Bumblebee’s cherry colored cousin. While the Durango is a perfect family car, it maintains a sporty and bold exterior. The model is equipped with 20-inch x 10-inch black noise wheels and 295/45ZR20 BSW all season tires. The clean lines and seamless stitching of the Durango are refined and reminiscent of European auto offerings. The style of this SUV is edgy, racy and customizable as well.

INTERIOR

Inside are three rows of leather-trimmed bucket seats with suede inserts. The driver’s seat is supportive and adjustable. The Durango is one of the most spacious three-row SUVs, ideal for children, as well as adults, to fit comfortably in all of the cabin’s seating positions. Second row seats flip and fold in order to gain access to third row seats, which provide a surprising amount of space; optimal for families spending ample amounts of time in the car. Front and second row seats are also equipped with heating and ventilation options.

SAFETY

As for safety, this vehicle offers; Blind-Spot Monitoring, illuminating a light on either of the Durango’s side mirrors; Forward Collision Warning, which helps prevent collisions by sounding an alert when the Durango detects an imminent collision; and Lane Departure Warning Plus, which sounds a warning if the Durango begins to drift from its lane without a turn signal being activated. The Durango received great results when tested for side impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection / head restraint.

TECHNOLOGY

Among the amenities of this vehicle are Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch display, SiriusXM traffic plus, a 4G LTE Wi-fi Hot Spot, and 9 Alpine amplified speakers with subwoofer. The media hub also comes with Apple Carplay and Google Android Auto capabilities.

A current tech option available for the Durango is an 825-watt Harman/Kardon sound system boasting 19 speakers. The sound system provides a listening experience similar to sitting front row at a concert with your favorite artists singing right into your ear.

Additional options include; rear DVD entertainment center with blu-ray compatible dual screen video and rear seat video system, a power sunroof, a second-row console with armrest and storage including 1 USB charging port, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, third-row full-console floor mat and illuminated rear cup holders, and a hand-wrapped dashboard and live stitch with real carbon fiber interior accents.

The Durango SRT 392 is a highly successful crossover SUV combining high end speed and design with durability, space and safety for the family. It gives off a muscle-car attitude wrapped in a family-friendly package, causing the model to embody two cars in one. The Durango combines the best of both worlds for parents who want to ride in style and make sure their children are happy and comfortable. With it’s roaring Hemi V-8 and dual-purpose nature, the Durango can do no wrong. The Durango remains one of the most capable and well-rounded three-row crossovers you can buy, making it possible to please every member of the family.

Buy now!

RUF UNVEILING AT GENEVA

RUF UNVEILS CTR ANNIVERSARY AND ALL-NEW RUF GT AT THE GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

RUF Automobile is unveiling the first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary as well as the new 991.2-based RUF GT today in Geneva, Switzerland, kicking off the manufacturer’s 80th anniversary

RUF Automobile GmbH, manufacturer and creator of bespoke sports cars that combine performance and suitability for everyday use, unveils two cars today at the 89th Geneva Auto Show at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. The first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary is displayed alongside the all-new RUF GT. The unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show, kicks off the company’s 80th anniversary.

 

The first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary is being delivered to its owner during a press conference at the Geneva International Motor Show. The model was first announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on the 30th anniversary of the original RUF CTR and produces 710 PS (700 BHP) from its twin-turbo 3.6L, flat-six engine. Weighing in at just 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds), the 2019 RUF CTR Anniversary has a top speed of 360 km/h (223 mph). This particular example is finished in the iconic yellow color scheme of the original CTR and features unique touches like matching yellow seat belts, new wheels compared to the prototype, and a new “whale tale” design with a slimmer profile.

 

The all-new RUF GT is a Porsche 991.2 GTS-based model acting as an extension of the previous generation of the Porsche 911. The RUF GT features a 3.0 liter flat-six engine producing 515 HP, 645 Nm of torque and has a total weight of 1450 kg (3,200 lbs). The launch-control equipped 7-speed double clutch gearbox helps the car accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds. The car is also available with a manual transmission. The RUF duck tail, rear diffuser and front splitter generate high downforce and help keep the RUF GT stable at its top speed of 320kmh (199 mph).

 

“The Geneva Auto Show is always a thrilling way to introduce our work to the world,” said Estonia Ruf, marketing director of RUF Automobile GmbH. “These two cars represent years of development, thousands of man hours and a lifetime of passion and enthusiasm. As we continue celebrating our 80th anniversary in 2019 these cars will be the centerpiece, each one embodying what makes a RUF so special.”

 

This year marks the 80th anniversary for RUF Automobile, originally founded by Alois Ruf Sr. in 1939. The company will be celebrating its anniversary throughout 2019 both in Pfaffenhausen and at events around the globe. Use the hashtag #80YearsOfRUF to join in celebrating on social media.

 

For more information on RUF automobiles, visit the RUF website at ruf-automobile.de/en/

ABOUT RUF AUTOMOBILE GMBH

In 1939, Alois Ruf Sr. first formed his company, AUTORUF, as a general service garage. The company grew and in 1949 Ruf Sr. added a gas station to the company complex. By 1955, Ruf Sr. recognized a need in Germany for a full-size tourist bus and challenged himself to build his own to run this as a separate business. In 1963, the company began specializing in Porsche vehicles, a direction that Alois Ruf Jr. vowed to continue when he assumed ownership of the company in 1974. In the following year, the first RUF-enhanced Porsche model made its debut. 

In 1982 RUF has been approved by the German authorities as a car manufacturer in its own right, which meant that RUF cars were identified by their own VIN. In 1987 RUF achieved the approval from NHTSA and EPA in the United States. Now it is still family run by Alois and Estonia Ruf.

Pininfarina Battista Premiere

Perfect Formula: Rosberg Joins First Clients at Pininfarina Battista Premiere in Geneva

Automobili Pininfarina and partners re-define the electric car brand

  • Landmark pure-electric luxury Pininfarina Battista revealed at a gala VIP event on the eve of the Geneva International Motor Show. Click here for highlights
  • Three Battistas and a unique Battista-liveried Mahindra Racing Formula E racing car highlight the hyper GT’s beauty, personalization potential and electric performance
  • 2016 Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg joined Automobili Pininfarina to celebrate a shared vision for electrification and sustainability
  • Anand Mahindra, Michael Perschke, Paolo Pininfarina, Nick Heidfeld, Mate Rimac, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein celebrated the Battista’s arrival
  • Hypercar-engineering guru Rene Wollmann announced as Automobili Pininfarina Programme Director, Sportscars
  • Pininfarina Battista full press kit and image suite available here
  • Applications to own Battista may be made through the Automobili Pininfarina website: Apply Now

A landmark occasion in electric car desirability and performance was celebrated in Geneva on Monday night (4th March) when Michael Perschke, Automobili Pininfarina CEO, Anand Mahindra, Mahindra Group Chairman and Paolo Pininfarina, Pininfarina SpA Chairman, unveiled the Pininfarina-designed pure-electric luxury hyper GT Battista at a gala VIP event on the eve of the Geneva International Motor Show.

Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina, said: “The Battista represents a beautiful dream for us all. In just 12 months we have set up an amazing new electric car brand that delivers on the Pininfarina-family dream to see a luxury car solely badged Pininfarina. The best possible technical partners have joined us on this journey to develop the Battista with zero emissions and more power than is possible from an internal combustion engine. The Battista represents purity, beauty and rarity, and a vision for sustainability that appeals to the heart as much as the head. It will be the most powerful car ever designed and built in Italy and will make you fall in love with electric power.”

In celebration of the Battista’s electric performance and the spotlight it shines on automotive sustainability, its reveal was shared by Nico Rosberg, the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Champion, and the presentation of a Mahindra Racing Formula E car with bespoke Battista livery.

The Battista will set new performance landmarks for a road-legal car and forms the core of Automobili Pininfarina’s sustainable automotive strategy that will be strengthened at Rosberg’s GREENTECH FESTIVAL in Berlin in May. Automobili Pininfarina has been invited to host the Battista’s German launch at the 2019 GREENTECH FESTIVAL and celebrate a mutual ambition between the two organisations to promote the rapid development of green technologies, accelerate a positive change in car ownership and excite people about electric motoring.

The Battista encompasses a vision of beauty and sustainability, delivering 1,900 hp and zero emissions in classic Pininfarina style, where form and function are elegantly combined in a beautiful carbon body. The Battista is the first electric car to truly fall in love with.

Following on from their unveiling last night, 4th March, the three all-electric Battistas received their public world premieres on the Automobili Pininfarina and Pininfarina SpA stands at the Geneva International Motor Show, which runs from 5th March to 17th March.

Automobili Pininfarina presented the Battista in three distinct and elegant design specifications and colours: a Blu Iconica Battista featuring the Iconica by Automobili Pininfarina design pack; a Grigio Luserna satin grey car with satin blue accents and anodized aluminium detailing; and a third Battista in a pure pearlescent white called Bianco Sestriere. In describing the three Battistas, Design Director Luca Borgogno underlined a unified purity of purpose for the car: to be the world’s most desirable electric car.

Demonstrating Automobili Pininfarina’s desire to produce the world’s most sought-after all-electric hypercar, the Munich-based company also announced an exciting addition to its engineering team. Rene Wollman has joined Automobili Pininfarina as Programme Director, Sportscars. Wollmann brings a wealth of experience to the Battista programme having most recently managed the launch of possibly the most extreme motorsport-inspired road car ever, the AMG ONE hypercar.

Wollmann takes his place alongside an enviable line-up of experts excited by the challenge to launch the Battista, including Test and Development Driver Nick Heidfeld, Chief Technical Officer Christian Jung and Senior Technical Advisor Peter Tutzer.

The Battista reveal was accompanied by Automobili Pininfarina’s closest collaborators, Pininfarina SpA, Mahindra Racing, Rimac Automobili and Pirelli SpA.

  • Pininfarina SpA has designed the Battista and will hand-build the luxury hyper GT in Italy at its famous Cambiano headquarters, with the first Battista arriving during the Carrozzeria’s 90th anniversary.
  • Mahindra Racing currently leads the Formula E Team and Drivers’ Championships and has contributed vital engineering expertise in electric performance generated over five years in Formula E.
  • Rimac Automobili will adapt its world-beating battery technology to the demands and desires of the connoisseurs and collectors who will take ownership of the Battista.
  • Pirelli SpA is developing a tyre programme to ensure the Battista’s full power can be appreciated as much as its Pininfarina design, with the Battista show cars featuring bespoke Pirelli 21-inch tyres on dramatic new unique rims.

In hosting the powertrain of the future in an elegant yet functionally efficient carbon fibre body and chassis featuring double wishbone coil over suspension, the Battista will shatter traditional performance targets set by machinery powered by any internal combustion engine. Yet it will do this with a focus on luxury and drivability that offers a targeted 450-kilometre range and a level of comfort and connectivity that will tempt owners to take to the roads more than the track.

In redefining electric vehicle dynamics in a Pininfarina-badged car, the Battista has the distinct potential to become an instant collector’s item, particularly as no more than 150 will ever be built, all delivered to their owners through a global network of the world’s most respected luxury and performance car retailers.

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About Automobil Pininfarnia

Automobili Pininfarina is based in operational headquarters in Munich, Germany, with a team of experienced automotive executives from luxury and premium car brands. Designed, developed and produced in Germany and Italy, all models will be sold and serviced in all major global markets under the brand name Pininfarina. The new company aims to be the most sustainable luxury car brand in the world.

The company is a 100 per cent Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd investment and has been named Automobili Pininfarina following the signing of a trademark licence agreement between Pininfarina SpA and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Pininfarina SpA will take an influential role in supporting design and production capacities based on their unique almost 90-year experience of producing many of the world’s most iconic cars.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra, Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina SpA, and Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman, Mahindra Racing, launched the new car brand with Michael Perschke, CEO, Automobili Pininfarina at the Rome Formula E race on 13th April 2018. Mahindra has quickly built up experience of cutting-edge ‘race-to-road’ sustainable high-performance technological innovation having competed in every Formula E race since the world’s most innovative motor racing series began in 2013.

Automobili Pininfarina will combine this ‘in-house’ expertise in partnership with some of the world’s leading automotive design and engineering suppliers to support its aggressive targets for performance and market launch in late 2020.