Pininfarina electric hypercar gets comprehensive connectivity

Pininfarina electric hypercar gets comprehensive connectivity

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The Battista – which according to the manufacturer is the most powerful car ever designed and built in Italy – will be equipped with an integrated SIM card and roaming technology for optimised connectivity worldwide. With these components, a roaming partner network and the appropriate background control logic from Deutsche Telekom, the car’s electronics can automatically search for the mobile phone network with the best reception and ensure that owners do not find themselves in dead spots when crossing national borders.

This connectivity also offers owners a high level of convenience through Over-The-Air (OTA) updates, ensuring that the vehicle always has the latest software. The system can individually update the software running on 26 electronic control modules, and therefore almost all the functions within the Battista, including the electric drive via four wheel-hub motors, the safety and driving dynamics functions, the overall vehicle control system, the infotainment system and a range of digital services. The software updates can be provided via WiFi when the vehicle is parked in the garage, for example, or on the road via the integrated SIM card and the respective mobile radio network.

A “digital concierge” also offers smart diagnostics functions that monitor the vehicle to detect potential problems before they occur. If the system identifies a problem that cannot be solved remotely via software update, Automobili Pininfarina even sends a team of technicians to resolve the problem regardless of the location of the vehicle.

A specially developed smartphone app ensures that Battista owners are always connected to their car. Customers can remotely unlock and lock the vehicle, view vehicle telemetry data, check the charge level and monitor the position of the Battista. On the road, drivers can seamlessly connect their smartphones to mirror key apps and functions within the vehicle, enhancing music streaming and real-time navigation features.

This “always-online digital” ecosystem is enhanced by the Battista’s infotainment system. Two touch screens on either side of the steering wheel and an additional narrow display in the middle provide all relevant telemetry data, dynamic functions and selected media and navigation content and their controls. The displays have been designed and positioned to ensure minimal distraction for the driver while providing all the necessary information on the road. The digital services offered with the Battista include free recharging with ChargePoint.

Three screens around the steering wheel give the driver all the information he needs

The Battista is designed to deliver unprecedented performance – more than any current road-going sports car with a combustion engine. With its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds, it will even outperform current Formula 1 cars. With its 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque, the Battista combines exceptional performance and technology with zero local emissions. The Battista’s 120 kWh battery powers four electric motors (one per wheel) and offers a simulated WLTP range of over 500 km on a single charge. The Battista is unlikely to become a mass car, given these performance data – and the Italian manufacturer is not even talking about the price. In addition, the company has other ways of ensuring that the Battista will not become an everyday sight on the roads: It is planned to produce only 150 units.

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