Pininfarina's 1900 horsepower Battista will go over 217 MPH

As it promised last year, Pininfarina is taking on Rimac with the Battista, a 1900 horsepower/2,300 nm (1,700 ft-pound) hypercar EV that the company calls "the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and built in Italy."

It too, will be built in a limited 150 car production run, so it's hard not to see Pininfarina's Battista as a pure rival.

At the same time, Pininfarina might be starting off "easy" with an expensive, limited edition car, with plans to ramp up to cheaper EVs to compete with Porsche, Audi, Jaguar and others.

The Battista will be built in partnership with Mahindra Racing and and enlist performance car experts that worked on Porsche's Mission E and other EVs.

Despite the ridiculous performance and power, it's a true, 100 percent electric car with zero emissions -- quite a halo, indeed.

Always seeking a gadget fix, he dabbles in photography, video, 3D animation and is a licensed private pilot.

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