Customized supercar maker Pininfarina is reportedly working on an electric sports car.
In doing so, the Mahindra & Mahindra-owned Italian car design firm and coachbuilder is taking lessons learned from the FIA Formula E electric racing circuit. Pininfarina has been providing a factory team in the FIA racing series that uses only electric-powered cars. The technologies developed for the race car are expected to trickle down to the sports car, reports Autocar UK.
“Design plays a critical part in designing vehicles in such a way that they are robust yet pollute the least while giving you the thrill that people want in vehicles,” said Pravin Shah, president and CEO (automotive) at Mahindra & Mahindra.
Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina has designed customized models for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, GM, Lancia, and Maserati. Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra reached an agreement with Pininfarina in December. As part of the deal, Tech Mahindra and Mahindra & Mahindra purchased 76.06 percent of Pininfarina shares from the current controlling shareholder Pincar S.r.l. The acquisition process is expected to be completed by June of this year.
Pininfarina showed off a hydrogen fuel cell concept racer at the 86th Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s called the H2 Speed, and was built in partnership with GreenGT, a European company that producing sustainable propulsion systems since 2008. Pininfarina thinks that the H2 Speed concept marks the company’s wide-ranging approach for its future vehicles.