MUNICH -- Automobili Pininfarina, a brand launched this year by India's Mahindra & Mahindra, has recruited a former BMW and Porsche executive as its technology chief as it prepares to launch its first hypercar.The company has also teamed up with Rimac Automobili, a Croatian startup that specializes in superfast electric supercars. Christian Jung will be Automobili Pininfarina's chief technology officer, the company said. Jung rose up the ranks at BMW and Porsche, and most recently worked in California for Faraday Future. Before joining Faraday he had a leading role in the initial development of Porsche's first electric car, the Mission E, which will be sold as the Taycan once production starts next year. Automobili Pininfarina plans to launch a two-seat coupe in 2020 priced at nearly 2 million euros. The car, currently code-named the PF0, is expected to have a top speed above 400 kph (248 mph) and racecar acceleration of 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than 2 seconds. It will have a driving range of nearly 500 km (310 miles). Rimac will supply the high-performance electric powertrain and battery technology for the PF0, Automobili Pininfarina said in a news release on Friday, adding that the deal is worth up to 80 million euros.
Automobili Pininfarina partners with Rimac for electric hypercar
Mahindra's purchase in 2015 of a controlling stake in Italian design and engineering service company Pininfarina SpA was the cornerstone to building the new brand that aims to crack into the world of Ferrari and Lamborghini.The supercar will be assembled at Pininfarina SpA’s design and engineering facilities in Cambiano, near Turin. Production will be limited to 150 units. Pininfarina will use its special project department, which also builds one-off models for Ferrari, to assemble the PF0 using a carbon fiber monocoque body. The company also plans to launch a range of luxury electric SUVs in the next decade. Automobili Pininfarina, which is based in Munich, Germany, is a fully owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra. It is licensing the Pininfarina name from Turin-based Pininfarina SpA, which will continue to operate independently from Automobili Pininfarina.