Pininfarina's first electric car, the $2.5 million PF0 promises to be something else. The company believes it'll have a sub-two-second 0-60 sprint and a top speed of 250mph, with a 300- mile range in case you're cruising at a somewhat slower pace. Then again, it should be special, since Automobili Pininfarina is aiming its products exclusively at the wealthiest people on the planet. And to reach those clients in the rapidly developing EV market, Pininfarina has turned to Mate Rimac for its powertrain and battery technology.
Porsche recently bought a ten-percent stake in Rimac, while Automobili Pininfarina decided to hire ex‑Porsche Mission E (aka the Porsche Taycan) engineer Dr. Christian Jung as its Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Jung took a short detour to Faraday Future before landing at Pininfarina, where he is joined by former Formula 1, and current Mahindra Racing Formula E driver Nick Heidfeld as the brand's development driver, which makes sense since Mahindra owns Pininfarina.
But Automobili Pininfarina also got Peter Tutzer a former Chief Engineer of Porsche's racing program. Tutzer then went to Pagani to develop the chassis, layout and packaging of the Zonda, ultimately ending up at Bugatti for the development of the Veyron. Once that was done, he went to Lotus as their Technical Director. Some might say Mr. Tutzer has experience.
Automobili Pininfarina: a Munich-based hyper EV company featuring Porsche engineers, Rimac's software and hardware, and the now unbeatable record-holder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb. That's quite the start.