Its getting serious with the all-electric Pininfarina PF0 concept – the company’s just signed on Nick Heidfeld as development driver, and then poached the guy who made the Porsche Mission E and Porsche Taycan possible…
Earlier this year at the Geneva motor show we took a close look at an intriguing concept that’s coming to market in 2020 from the world’s most famous automobile design house.
The March concept was called H2 Speed but it’ll go into production as the Pininfarina PF0, an all-electric hypercar that will cost north of AED7 million. Little else was known when the car was unveiled, but now the news is starting to trickle out as the development process gets going. commencing.
First Pininfarina snatched Christian Jung into its roll call, and if the name is unfamiliar that’s okay, but this is the man that engineered Porsches onsetting electrification spending four years in Weissach between 2012 and 2016. You can thank him for the Porsche Taycan.
For the next step Pininfarina got cosy with the most exciting name in the EV game, Rimac, signing an $80 million agreement with the Croatian tech firm for the supply of powertrains. Rimac, when they aren’t busy making their own electric hypercars, develop electric wizardry for companies like Koenigsegg, Porsche, Aston Martin, and Jaguar.
Third, Pininfarina settled into the new headquarters in Munich where the PF0 hypercar will be manufactured – the outfit claims some heady performance specs. The Pininfarina PF0 will be capable of a top speed of over 300km/h, and zero to 100km/h in reportedly less than two seconds, which is pretty insane. What’s more with Rimac’s technology the driving range quoted is up to 500km although you’ll probably have to go a bit slower than 300km/h to achieve that.
Finally, Pininfarina signed former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld to join the team as a development driver since he now has 20 years of experience in top-flight motorsport with 183 Grands Prix notched up where he managed one pole position and seven podium finishes. One of his career highlights remains a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and more recently the German has been busy in the all-electric Formula E Championship where so far he has managed eight podiums.