- Rimac to supply high performance EV powertrain and battery technology for new Automobili Pininfarina PF0 hypercar
- Automobili Pininfarina strengthens management team with exPorsche Mission E Engineering Project Lead Christian Jung joining as Chief Technical Officer
- Nick Heidfeld makes first appearance as Development Driver for Automobili Pininfarina PF0 bringing Formula 1 and Formula E experience from race track to road
Munich, 28th September 2018
Automobili Pininfarina has today made a series of power-packed announcements from its new Munich headquarters that will see it strengthen its management team, secure cutting-edge, world-beating electric powertrain technology, and put Formula 1 and Formula E experience in the PF0 hypercar driving seat.
Building on the successful debut of the PF0 luxury electric hypercar concept to supercar owners, luxury car retailers and automotive connoisseurs in Monterey and Pebble Beach last month, the Automobili Pininfarina team has returned to Europe to set in place the business foundations and partnerships that will lead to the delivery of the first PF0 in late 2020.
Munich has been confirmed as the company’s corporate and operational headquarters, providing access to expertise and engineering networks in arguably the world’s most successful and technologically advanced car market. Munich’s reputation as one of the world’s most exciting cities and its proximity to northern Italy, the home of Pininfarina SpA – who will design and build the PF0 under contract – was key to CEO Michael Perschke’s selection of it for the global headquarters.
At a press conference in Bavaria’s capital city today, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director, Chaiman of Mahindra Racing and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Automobili Pininfarina, along with Michael Perschke, CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, also introduced a stellar cast of partners and collaborators in this exciting new dawn for sustainable, luxury, high-performance cars.
Dr. Pawan Goenka said: “The operating model for this business is exciting and absolutely relevant for the new mobility world in which we now live. It begins in Munich, bringing together the greatest minds and most innovative technology partners in the world, and investing in the right people and suppliers. I am delighted to welcome Rimac as an important technology partner, and together we will ensure Automobili Pininfarina delivers on its promise to develop a range of beautiful, technically advanced, zero emissions, luxury cars befitting the Pininfarina brand.
“Nick Heidfeld has proved a fantastic racing driver with Mahindra Racing and I am delighted he will now help us ensure PF0 is the benchmark in the new EV hypercar arena.*”
Perschke said: “Today marks a significant step for the launch of a range of Pininfarina-branded cars and for PF0, which will be the most powerful Italian-built sports car in history – and the first luxury hypercar to be conceived in Germany. We have developed a sophisticated brief to deliver a ground-breaking all-electric hyper GT car to clients from 2020, and now we are curating the network partners to deliver this dream. The results will be electrifying for owners of Automobili Pininfarina cars in the future!”
Technical partnership confirmed with Rimac
As electrification becomes both a genuine powertrain performance option and a necessary engineering solution for the modern world, Automobili Pininfarina has entered into an unique technical partnership with Rimac to provide battery and drivetrain expertise, and hardware.
Having started his company as an innovative and cutting-edge supplier of electric powertrain products less than ten years ago, Mate Rimac and his team have made significant steps into the automotive establishment, supplying electric power to global sports and supercar brands.
Mate Rimac said: “We are very excited about this opportunity. Combining Rimac values – technology, innovation and performance with the heritage, history and Italian design of Automobili Pininfarina makes a perfect synergy for an exciting new hypercar – the PF0. This partnership is a big milestone for both companies and we are looking forward to bringing this incredible machine to life together.”
As Automobili Pininfarina begins the countdown to delivery of the world’s first luxury electric hypercar in 2020, its Management Team has been strengthened further with the appointment of Christian Jung as Chief Technology Officer. In addition, Peter Tutzer joins the business as PF0 Senior Technical Advisor.**