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PostHeaderIcon Take a Look at the Pininfarina PF0’s Rear End, Courtesy of Supercar Blondie

In case you hadn’t heard, Pininfarina is gearing up to release it’s own branded all-electric hypercar, revealing tidbits of the machine to select individuals at last month’s Monterey Car Week, several months ahead of a full debut in Geneva next year. One of those select individuals was YouTube personality Supercar Blondie, who gave us an eyeful of the up-and-coming vehicle’s tail in a recently posted video.

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PostHeaderIcon New Details About The Pininfarina PFO Are Revealed Days Ahead Of Its Pebble Beach Debut

Days ahead of the debut of the PF0 electric supercar, Pininfarina has bared more details about its prized exotic. Pininfarina Design Director Luca Borgogno described the PF0 as a car that will be remembered for a long time. Given what’s already known about the concept — it uses lightweight carbon fiber body panels and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds — it’s hard to imagine the PF0 being anything less than awesome.

PostHeaderIcon Peak Inside the Pininfarina PF0 Electric Supercar

Pininfarina’s up-and-coming PF0 luxury electric hypercar is headed to the Geneva International Motor Show next year, but before it drops in Switzerland, the Italians will reveal a fresh concept version in California. The PF0 is slated to go on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next week, and to stoke the flames of excitement, Pininfarina just released a series of new teaser shots showing off the car’s interior.

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina Teases PF0 All-Electric Ultra-Luxury Hypercar Before August Debut

Pininfarina, the legendary Italian design house that created a slew of breathtaking vehicles for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati, among others, has been rather busy lately creating the next generation of highly desirable sports cars. The firm branched off as Automobili Pininfarina back in April, rebranding itself into a futuristic, forward-thinking mobility company, creating models like the Pininfarina HK GT concept in the process. Now, Automobili Pininfarina is teasing a forthcoming all-electric hyperspeed-maker called the PF0, and so far, it’s shaping up to be quite the machine.

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina K350 Concept

The Pininfarina K350 concept finally broke cover at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Designed for Hong Kong-based automaker Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG), the K350 is a fully electric SUV concept that the automaker is preparing to develop with the H600 and H500 electric sedan concepts. It’s still not confirmed if HKG is giving the green light to build any of these concepts, but if it does, look for the K350 SUV to be the most prominent of the three. Not only is it an EV, but it’s also an SUV, which, as we all know, is a segment that’s selling like hotcakes these days.

PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina K350 Concept is The Electric SUV You Want To See Hit The Road

Pininfarina has pulled the covers off of the K350 SUV, giving us our first look at the electric SUV concept in all its glory. The concept is the latest indication that Pininfarina, together with Hong Kong-based electric automaker Hybrid Kinetic Group, is on its way to becoming a legitimate presence in the electric car industry in the future.

PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina Teases Sporty K350 SUV For Beijing Auto Show

Once a glorious company responsible for many Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia designs, Pininfarina was hit by a big financial crisis in the late 2000s. As a result, the Italian firm ended all automotive production in 2011 and was eventually sold to Mahindra in 2015. The design house bounced back under Indian ownership and created a few concept cars in recent years, including the H2 Speed and the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo. Come 2018 and Pininfarina is readying a brand-new concept vehicle for the Beijing Auto Show, this time around developed in cooperation with the Hybrid Kinetic Group.

PostHeaderIcon The Pininfarina H2 Speed Evolves from Simple Concept to Full-Blown, Hydrogen-Powered Racecar

Remember the Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept back in 2016? It was said the concept, which wasn’t functional at the time, could evolve into a real-life electric race car. Sure enough, two years later, Pininfarina is back in Geneva showcasing the H2 Speed, in working guise, with the promise to produce a total of 12 examples. To be clear, however, it may have electric motors, but it’s actually powered by hydrogen – something that makes using in on the track for long periods of time feasible. Pininfarina promises a refilling time of just 3 minutes but hasn’t disclosed the range a full tank of hydrogen will get. There’s so much more, though, so keep reading to learn about the important details.


Is the 2018 Pininfarina H2 Speed the Same as the 2016 H2 Speed?

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“It might look the same at first glance, but you’ll notice there are some changes.”

No, it certainly isn’t. It might look the same at first glance, but you’ll notice there are some changes. For instance, the wheelbase has now been extended while the width has actually been reduced. The H-point has also been raised as a solution to provide better visibility for the driver and allow for the necessary roll cage. The rear intakes have been altered to send air toward the electric motors and rear brakes. The air scoop on the roof now accommodates airflow in the cabin.

The spoiler has been reworked in comparison to the concept as well, which allows for to be fully adjustable as needed. On that note, the front end has carried over practically unchanged, as has the central part of the vehicle. From a visual standpoint you can’t see the difference with an untrained eye, but if you look closely, and compare the two side by side, you can see the differences.

It’s not all about looks, though. If you remember correctly, the 2016 H2 speed wasn’t functional – you couldn’t just take it out on the track. This time around, it’s functional and ready to hit the track. Well, assuming you have some hydrogen fuel at your disposal, anyway.


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2018 Pininfarina H2 Speed Dimensions

Length 4730mm
Height 1113mm
Width 1956mm
Wheelbase 2968mm
Front overhang: 987mm
Rear overhang: 775mm

2019 Pininfarina H2 Speed Performance


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“It can hit a maximum speed of 300 kph or about 186 mph, with the 62 mph sprint coming in 3.4 seconds.”

The performance credentials are there, and they aren’t exactly something to shrug your shoulders at either. We’re talking about four electric motors that are good for 653 horsepower (480 kW) at 13,000 rpm. They get their power from a GreenGT hydrogen fuel cell that delivers a constant 250 kW. A braking regen system provides 2.4 kWh or 250 kW every 20 seconds of braking. The fuel cell itself has four stacks and holds as much as 8.6 kg or nearly 20 pounds of hydrogen at a time. It takes just 3 minutes to refill, which is one of the main things that makes the car feasible for track use.

So what does all of this mean?

Before we go into performance details, let’s talk about weight. Naturally, things like range and how fast the car can hit benchmarks all depend on how much it weighs. This baby tips the scale at 1,420kg or about 3,130 pounds. To put that into perspective, it weighs less than a four-cylinder Toyota Camry, which weighs between 3,200 and 3,300 pounds (V-6 comes in closer to 3,600 pounds.) Meanwhile, that weight is distributed with 41 percent to the front and 59 percent to the rear.

With that in mind, you can probably agree that its performance figures are quite impressive. It can hit a maximum speed of 300 kph or about 186 mph, with the 62 mph sprint coming in 3.4 seconds. Charging from a dead stance to 400 meters takes just 11 seconds. Best of all, it does so by emitting nothing by oxygen and water from the exhaust system – it’s 100% green when in use.

2019 Pininfarina Price and Availability


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“Pininfarina will only produce a total of 12 examples, so they won’t exactly be easy to come by”

As of now, there’s no word as to when the car will go into production or will actually see order books open. But, Pininfarina will only produce a total of 12 examples, so they won’t exactly be easy to come by. Use of the track-bred car will be limited, and Pininfarina says future owners will have the opportunity to “enjoy their cars with its unique handling and powertrain characteristics in selected track days around the world.” So, future owners probably won’t get to spend that much time behind the wheel anyway.

Pricing as of now is a complete mystery, but you can expect to pony up a small fortune if you’re one of the fortunate few that are able to actually follow through with buying one. For the rest of us, the H2 Speed will remain nothing more than a fantasy.

We’ll be putting together an in-depth review of the 2018 Pininfarina H2 Speed in the very new future, but until then, you can check out our review of the 2016 H2 Speed Concept.

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina HK GT

The gearheads out there will likely recognize the first part of that title. Pininfarina is best known for its hot-blooded sports car designs, which include hits like the ’67 275 GTB/4, ’72 Dino 246 GTS, and the modern Sergio, as well as a slew of models for Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, and Maserati. If you’re still drawing a blank, I’ll just sum it up with this – Pininfarina is a legendary design house in Italy, one which has produced truly head-turning work since 1930. It’s latest effort is this new concept GT car, but it’s not exactly what you’re thinking. You see, while Pininfarina is on tap the sketch the sexy bits outside, a Hong Kong-based technology firm known as Hybrid Kinetic Group tackled the technical bits under the skin. The result of this partnership is called the Pininfarina HK GT, a title which is a little matter-of-fact for our taste, but that’s beyond the point. The point is this thing is headed for a reveal at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, and it promises a tech-heavy and eco-friendly take on the ’ole sporty Italian gran tourer formula.

Teased a month prior to the show with a pair of shadowy images, we’re still waiting for the full rundown on this thing. That said, the Pininfarina HK GT looks to be somewhat of a break from nearly 90 years of Pininfarina tradition. In a post to its Facebook page, the Italian design house states that “Time has come for a new Pininfarina masterpiece combining stylistic research with environmental sustainability.” The HK GT is the fourth such collaborative effort we’ve seen from Pininfarina and the Hybrid Kinetic group, with the other three examples being the H600 from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, as well as the five-seater K550 SUV and seven-seater K750 that showed in Shanghai last year. With four of these types of reveals in just two years’ time, it’s looking like a new chapter at Pininfarina.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Pininfarina HK GT.

Pininfarina HK GT Exterior

  • Looks to include traditional grand tourer styling
  • Long hood line
  • This headlights and taillights
  • Rear-facing cameras instead of side-view mirrors
  • Should be sleek and aero-efficient
  • Large doors (two of them)
  • Probably includes LED lighting front and back

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“The Pininfarina HK GT will have a classical Italian grand tourer body style, something characterized by a long hood line, cab-back proportions, a broad rear end, and a low, wide stance.”

So far, we’re limited to just a single exterior image of the new Pininfarina HK GT, which, as you can see, shows only the top half of the car from the rear three-quarters angle, all of which is obscured in shadow. However, even with the apparent lack of detail, there are a few things we can pick out.

For starters, the Pininfarina HK GT will have a classical Italian grand tourer body style, something that takes cues from such greats as the Ferrari 275 GTB/4. Characterized by a long hood line, cab-back proportions, a broad rear end, and a low, wide stance, this is the sort of shape that just oozes speed and presence. Look for sleek panels and gentle curves. We’re also expecting thin headlights to match the taillight strips seen in this teaser, plus a few brushed and polished metal bits to add a little extra spice.

Look closely, and you’ll also see vents placed just behind the front wheels, as well as some rather unconventional side-view mirrors. It appears as though the Pininfarina HK GT uses rear-facing cameras rather than actual mirrors, feeding the interior with a live digital view, as relayed to one of the onboard displays. This not only ups the tech coolness, but it also helps to increase the aero efficiency of the machine, which is really what you want in an EV.

Indeed, the whole thing should be sleek and highly aero-efficient to help it cut through the atmosphere with as little resistance as possible, maximizing the miles-per-charge figure. Downforce probably isn’t a concern here. We also see what appears to be extremely large doors, possibly opening in an unconventional manner with hinges in back (“suicide” doors) or up top (“gull wing” doors). The size should also help aid ingress and egress for the +2 seating in the rear (more on that in the next section). Finally, look for LED headlights and carbon fiber body panels, all of which look to be draped in a dark paint color.

Pininfarina HK GT Interior

  • Possible 2+2 seating configuration
  • Rear-seating entertainment?
  • High-end materials throughout
  • Quilted upholstery
  • Brushed metal trim
  • Touch-sensitive panels on the doors
  • Possible autonomous technology

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“What's more, a 2+2 layout would most likely also use loads of autonomous systems to help tick off the miles and keep it safe as well”

Much like the exterior teaser, Pininfarina released just one image of the interior for the new HK GT concept. To our eyes, it appears to offer a 2+2 seating arrangement, with the image showing off the extra sitters in the rear. Indeed, the +2 seats appear as though they were carved out of the rear bulkhead, but it’s still got some nice features to go along with it, including brushed metal detailing and quilted upholstery. Its even got a slim center console that stretches back along the center spine of the vehicle, which suggests some sort of rear-seated entertainment features. Along the door we see what appears to be touch-sensitive panels for further infotainment features, or possibly the onboard autonomous systems (more on those in a bit).

In front, we expect to see a large infotainment screen, further high-end materials, and seats that are sporty, yet supportive. Brushed aluminum, leather, and Alcantara will be added everywhere.

To be completely honest, a 2+2 layout for this thing is a little surprising. It makes us wonder what the powertrain configuration looks like, given the larger cabin space required to seat four passengers.

What’s more, a 2+2 layout would most likely also use loads of autonomous systems to help tick off the miles and keep it safe as well. Is Pininfarina really diving into self-driving capability? Well, we’ve certainly heard grumblings that the design house was toying with the idea, and the door panels seen in the teaser image look as though they contain readouts for social sharing and other digital entertainment, suggesting this thing will whisk you to and fro while you focus on something else. Hopefully it’ll retain the ability for manual driving as well.

Pininfarina HK GT Drivetrain

  • Should be very powerful
  • Hybrid powertrain with range extender
  • Four motors and AWD
  • Upwards of 700 horsepower and 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds
  • 600 miles of range
  • Aluminum and carbon fiber for the construction
  • Low center of gravity

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Note: Pininfarina H600 pictured here.

“The primary motivation will likely be derived from a sophisticated AWD system made up of four permanent magnet motors. Also look for some kind of range extender.”

To be honest, when we think about Pininfarina’s vehicles, our first inclination is to crack open the throttle on a Colombo V-12 under the hood. Of course, that’s not what you’re gonna get with this forward-thinking concept, because this time around, its got a hybrid powertrain to make the go.

While we don’t have a ton of info on what’s going on in the powertrain department of the HK GT, we can look to previous concepts like H600 for some clues. Granted the H600 is a sedan, not a grand tourer, but don’t let the four doors fool you – this thing definitely still has the heart of a performance machine.

The primary motivation will likely be derived from a sophisticated AWD system made up of four permanent magnet motors, all of which derive their electrons from a large battery pack. Also look for the HK GT to include some kind of range extender, as the H600 had a mini turbine engine to add the extra miles. We’d love to see something like that again this time around in the HK GT.

As for output, something around 700 horsepower would fit the bill just fine, but the grand tourer could very well go for much more. This is just a concept, after all, and wild horsepower levels are pretty much the norm. A top speed of 175 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time under the 3-second range would fit nicely, with just 2.5 seconds to the 60-mph mark feeling about perfect. And why not? The four-door H600 did the same test in 2.9 seconds, and this two-door GT car should be quite a bit quicker we think.

Under the body panels, we’re thinking an aluminum construction with loads of carbon fiber bits to keep it as light as possible. It should also boast solid weight distribution to make sure it handles properly, with all the really heavy bits mounted down low to keep it from feeling like it’s falling over on itself when slinging through a corner. A max range of 600 miles with the range extender fully juiced isn’t out of line for this concept, either.

Conclusion


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At the end of the day, if all our predictions come true, the Pininfarina HK GT is gonna be very futuristic and out there. It should also be quite beautiful, and prove that despite the changing technological landscape, good-looking Italian GT cars are not just a thing of the past.

Indeed, it’s even possible the HK GT could be put into production, at least in one form or another. After all, rumor has it the H600 will get the green light for public sale some time in the next few years, and if its successful, a follow-up grand tourer would certainly not be totally out of the question. However, the real question is – would you buy it?

  • Leave it
    • * Just a concept for now
    • * No V-12 soundtrack
    • * Is all that tech really feasible?

References


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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina Teases Electric HK GT Concept For The Geneva Motor Show

Slowly but surely, the Geneva Motor Show approaches. True, we’re still over a month from seeing the doors swing open in Switzerland for the world’s biggest auto show, but that isn’t stopping some of the braver automakers from teasing us with what’s to come. The latest comes from Pininfarina, which just dropped a pair of teaser images showing off its latest green-minded design study.

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Note: Pininfarina H600 concept pictured here.

The latest concept is the product of a joint collaboration between Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group, and arrives as the fourth creation offered by the two groups. The last time we saw a Pininfarina/HKG concept was at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, where we got an eye-full of the H600, as shown above. The H600 was a sleek sedan packing loads of tech under the skin and in the cabin, with as much as 800 horsepower claimed for output levels.

Prior to the H600, we saw efforts like the K550 SUV and K750, both of which bowed in Shanghai last year.

For those of you who may be unaware, Pininfarina is best known as the Italian design house responsible for penning some of the most epic Ferraris ever created, including standouts like the 1967 275 GTB4, the 1972 Dino 246 GTS, and the Sergio, among many, many others. But Pininfarina is more than just its Ferrari designs – the firm also provided design work for Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Maserati, and several others.

“Pininfarina presents the new concept as an opulent grand tourer, one of those old Italian standbys the company has refined to the next level in terms of artistry and beauty.”

The Hybrid Kinetic Group is less well-known. Founded in 1995 in Hong Kong, HKG handles all the mechanical and electric bits under the Italian-designed body panels, which makes for a potentially potent combination.

And that brings us to the new concept seen here. Pininfarina presents it as an opulent grand tourer, one of those old Italian standbys the company has refined to the next level in terms of artistry and beauty. But rather than the sonorous soundtrack of a high-strung V-12 echoing out the rear end, this thing comes packing with and all-electric powertrain.

“Time has come for a new Pininfarina masterpiece combining stylistic research with environmental sustainability,” the design house posts to Facebook.

To stoke the flames of excitement, Pininfarina is giving us a set of two teaser images.


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“Could this thing see the light of day as a production model? Perhaps. Word has it the H600 could go on sale as soon as 2020, so if this thing is a hit, who knows?”

The first shows the car’s rear three-quarter angle, with velvety shapes and broad curves. The cab is set towards the rear of the vehicle, falling into the tail with a roof line similar to what we saw with the H600 sedan. The hood line looks long, and comes with large vent placed just behind the front wheel. The taillights are slim, while the side-view mirrors look to consist of rear-facing cameras that undoubtedly feed live views into the cabin space.


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The second image shows the interior of the concept, and what appears to be the rear +2 bench. The seats are practically carved out of the rear, with brushed metal details and quilted upholstery upping the fanciness levels. A slim center console stretches back to offer controls for the infotainment system, while touch-sensitive panels can be found along the doors.

Could this thing see the light of day as a production model? Perhaps. Word has it the H600 could go on sale as soon as 2020, so if this thing is a hit, who knows?

Time has come for a new Pininfarina masterpiece combining stylistic research with environmental sustainability. At…

Posted by Pininfarina on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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PostHeaderIcon Ferrari Sergio

If there was ever a concept that truly embodied the long-standing partnership between Ferrari and Pininfarina, it would be the 2013 Ferrari Sergio. The concept burst onto the scene at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as a tribute model to the late Sergio Pininfarina. Reports that the Sergio was earmarked for production first surfaced in September 2014, and a little over a month later, a new report indicated that Ferrari and Pininfarina were actually building production models of the radical concept. Now, the wait is over, as it was recently officially announced that the first Ferrari Sergio has been delivered to the SBH Royal Auto Gallery at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates.

Ferrari and Pininfarina, the two architects behind the Sergio Concept, built six production versions of the radical supercar, each coming with a price tag of $3 million. The price is admittedly way more than I can afford, but for the six individuals Ferrari invited to snatch up the limited-edition piece, spending $3 million on an ultra-exclusive supercar can be considered money well spent.

Unfortunately, all six models have already been spoken for. Based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, the roadster was “created to celebrate the spirit and core values of the historic Cambiano company in the 60th anniversary year of its collaboration with the Prancing Horse,” as stated in a press release.

The car is not only striking to look at, it’s also, unsurprisingly, intended to be extremely driver oriented, as is emphasized in the press release: “An authentic open-top, it explicitly references the track, underscoring and intensifying its sense of sportiness, fun behind the wheel and the pleasure of design at its purest.”

Each of the six Ferrari Sergios was carefully customized by its owner at a workshop in Maranello, where a large variety of colors, materials, and finishes were on hand to suit their personal tastes. The result, clearly, is a car that’s fast, beautiful, and absolutely unique.

Updated 08/24/2017: We added a series of images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina Isn’t Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG

Apparently, being under new ownership has breathed some new life to Pininfarina. Long regarded as one of the best auto design houses in the business, the Italian company has since ratcheted up its concept production with a pair of new concepts for its new automotive BFF, Chinese company Hybrid Kinetic Group. It wasn’t that long ago that the two companies joined together to present the H600 sedan, which debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Now we’re seeing two more concepts, the K550 and the K750.

Presented at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, both the K550 and the K750 join the H600 in what could turn into an impressive electric vehicle lineup for the fledgling HKG brand. The two-row, five-seater K550, in particular, is presented as a five-seat crossover concept powered by an electric powertrain that itself is being developed by HKG. The same goes for the much larger K750, which rides taller and longer than its counterpart, thanks in part to having three rows of seating that can accommodate up to seven people. Both models aren’t expected to arrive anytime soon, but like the H600, there appears to be some optimism coming from both Pininfarina and HKG that we’ll end up seeing these models hit the road in production guise soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo

Like most supercar brands that are starting off from scratch, Emerson Fittipaldi’s Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo suffers from not having the foundation that other supercar models from more established brands have. The car looks good on paper, but a model’s success isn’t determined on the parcel from which it’s drawn on or even on a full-bodied prototype that debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The good news is that Fittipaldi Motors – the company started by the former F1 world champion – actually has plans to bring the EF7 to life.

The road to seeing the EF7 is going to be a long and difficult one to navigate. That’s usually what awaits start-ups who try to bring their works to the forefront. But Fittipaldi does have a few things on its side too, not the least of which is the drive and dedication to see the EF7 evolve into the production supercar he’s always envisioned it to be. He also has partners in the fold to help him get his project off the ground, including Pininfarina, whose work on the car’s design is immediately recognizable, and HWA AG, an AMG spinoff that prepares German touring cars.

The objective is clear, even if the execution is far from. Ultimately, Fittipaldi plans to build 39 units of the EF7, a number that’s tied into the number of races the 70-year old driver won during his long and illustrious career in both Formula One and Indycar.

Easier said than done, right? Well, we’re definitely rooting for the company to prove its skeptics wrong. It’d be nice to see a project car like the EF7 realize its full potential.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo


PostHeaderIcon The List Of Competitors Lining Up To Take On Tesla Continues To Grow

The term “Chinese money” is being thrown around a lot these days as it relates to startup electric car manufacturers. Some like Faraday Future are already teetering to the point of collapse while others like Lucid Motors are still on the right side of the fence. Then there’s Hybrid Kinetic, a company not many of us here in the West have heard of but recently made headlines due to its attendance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Remember the Pininfarina-designed H600 Concept that we saw in Geneva? Well, that’s Hybrid Kinetic’s concept vehicle and according to the company, it won’t be a concept for too long.

HK board member Carter Yeung recently made the proclamation to Automotive News about the concept’s future as a production model, before adding a few nuggets of information regarding the future of the car. According to Yeung, the production model of the H600 will be largely based – around 85 to 90 percent – on the concept that we saw in Geneva from a purely aesthetic point of view. It’s also going to feature electric motors, which will combine to produce as much as 804 horsepower through a battery pack that can be recharged even as the car is on-the-move, all thanks to micro turbine range extender that the company is developing.

And if any of those items aren’t ambitious enough, Yeung also added that Hybrid Kinetic has a long-term goal of building “well over” 200,000 vehicles per year within five to 10 years. Can’t say that the company isn’t short-changing us on its promises, can you?

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina H600

Pininfarina was once the coachbuilder of coachbuilders and over the years has designed some of the most beautiful cars the world has to offer. The design house has worked with greats like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati. But, it’s also done work for Chery, Changfeng, and even Hyundai. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina is set to display its latest concept, the H600 00 a luxury sedan that’s said to offer the “perfect combination of pure design and eco-friendly technology.” Designed for Hybrid Kinetic Group, the few teaser images we have showcased a sporty and aggressive exterior that is sure to be on point with other Pininfarina designs to go with an interior that’s technologically advanced and fitted with the finest materials available.

Of course, at this point, there’s very little to go by as Pininfarina is waiting until Geneva kicks off on March 7th to spill all of the beans. But, it’s released enough shots to give us a somewhat accurate idea of what we can expect. Of course, we’re talking about Pininfarina here, so it’s far from likely that it will disappoint or not draw a huge crowd at one of the world’s greatest auto shows. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the few photos we have and talk a little more about it before it makes its debut.


PostHeaderIcon Emerson Fittipaldi Is Now Building A Supercar

Motor racing fans remember Emerson Fittipaldi as one of only a handful of racers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One world championship. At 70 years old, Fittipaldi still races occasionally, but today, the two-time F1 title-holder is in the news for an entirely different reason, one that specifically involves the creation of a supercar under the brand name Fittipaldi Motors.

Yes, the great Brazilian racer is dipping his toes in auto production where he’ll receive help from no less than iconic Italian design house Pininfarina and German engineering firm HWA to build a supercar that’s been christened the “Fittipaldi EF7 Vision by Pininfarina.”

Not much is known about the EF7 Vision at this point but the supercar is expected to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this coming March. In preparation for that highly anticipated event, Fittipaldi Motors has released the first teaser image of the EF7 and not surprisingly for a car that we all know little about, the image doesn’t show us anything other than a small look at one of its rear quarter panels. That said, the image does hint at something you rarely see in the auto industry these days: a carbon split rear spoiler. The muscular shoulder of the EF7 also serves as a nice preview of what’s to come while the cockpit-style roof possibly indicates a non-traditional interior layout.

We’re admittedly shooting from the hip with all of these observations so take all of it with a pinch of salt, at least until we hear more details about the supercar ahead of its March 2017 debut in Geneva. For now, digest what you can of the EF7’s teaser image and hope that it turns into the kind of production-ready supercar that enthusiasts and neophytes will come to appreciate.

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PostHeaderIcon Pininfarina Could Offer Electric Sports Car

It was just last December that we announced the official acquisition of Pininfarina by Tech Mahindra Limited and Mahindra & Mahindra. Only a few months later, Pininfarina showed up at the Geneva Auto Show with the 2016 Pininfarina H2 Speed, and more recently, Mahindra Racing and Pininfarina announced some Formula E concept designs. As you can see, the Mahindra group has been working pretty quickly to take advantage of having Pininfarina under its wing, and now, it looks like Pininfarina is on a mission to develop an all-electric sports car.

As of the time of this writing, details are rather scant, but sources are indicating that something big is in the works. Considering the fact that Mahindra is already well involved in Formula E, and Pininfarina is such an amazing design house, the car is sure to bring the best of both worlds – design and e-power – to the table. Mahindra boss, Pravin Shah, said, “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.”

So far, we’re looking toward the H2 Speed concept as a potential starting point for this future electric sports car. That car didn’t exactly have all the flare that Pininfarina designs normally have, but we expect the all-electric sports car to be more in line with the brand’s previous designs. For now, little is known, but with news like this coming forward now it would be a crime if more information didn’t come to light in the near future. Who knows, maybe Pininfarina will be able to turn a profit in the next five years now that it is under new ownership.

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PostHeaderIcon Mahindra Racing And Pininfarina Release Formula E Concept Designs

In December 2015, Indian automaker Mahindra announced that it had bought a controlling stake in Pininfarina, one of the most revered automotive design house in the world. The unlikely partnership cause some concern, as many enthusiasts wondered what will actually happen with the Italian firm under Indian ownership. Several months have passed since the purchase and the first result of the new cooperation surfaced the Internet in the form of futuristic Formula E designs.

For those who aren’t familiar with the racing series, Mahindra Racing took part in the inaugural Formula E season in 2014-2015 and returned for a new campaign in 2015-2016. While the first season was restricted to identical chassis and powertrains, for the second season the FIA allowed manufacturers to develop their own electric motors and gearboxes. Private designs aren’t yet allowed, but Mahindra decided to look into the future and create three separate design for when the series will open up once again.

Designed together with Pininfarina, the virtual concepts are very futuristic compared to current Formula E cars. All three propose carbon-fiber bodies and radical aerodynamics, and two of them feature closed cockpits. Mahindra even went as far as to equip a concept with enclosed front wheels and a transparent fin, while removing the rear wing altogether. The No. 23 car is also missing a rear wing, while employing a flat fin and IndyCar-style side pods. It would be interesting to see how these designs actually work from an aerodynamic standpoint, but for the time being it seems that they were made to put the new Mahindra-Pininfarina collaboration in the spotlight.

“Mahindra is a pioneer of EV technology that is always striving to push the boundaries of this exciting new form of mobility. Our participation in the Formula E championship gives us yet another platform to co-create the Future of Mobility. While these innovative designs are a creative project at this stage, I would be thrilled to see the M5Electro look like this,” said Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group.

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PostHeaderIcon Mahindra Inches Closer To Buying Pininfarina

Last month, we reported that shareholders and creditors of Italian auto designer Pininfarina had yet to come to a sales agreement with it’s potential buyer. The problem was that potential purchaser Mahindra and Mahindra – the largest SUV producer in the Indian market – was proceeding cautiously. That wasn’t much of a surprise, considering Pininfarina hasn’t made a profit for the better part of the last 12 years. Now, nearly a month later, we’ve learned that an agreement may be reached as early as the end of this week.

The sales negotiations between the two companies, shareholders and creditors have been private, but our sources have been in touch with insiders who spoke behind the curtain of anonymity. The final details left to iron out are the final purchase price of Pininfarina and some issues related to Pininfarina’s cesspool of constantly increasing debt. As of this morning, Il Sole 24 Ore – an Italian newspaper – reported that sales negotiations between the two companies were nearing a close and, after surging 11 percent, Pininfarina’s shares have also been halted. We’re not sure what the outcome will be, but read on for more information.

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PostHeaderIcon Sights and Sounds: Blue Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio

Blue Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio

What is rarer than a Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio? That’s right, a Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio that isn’t red! During this year’s Monterey Car Week at Pebble Beach Ferrari of Beverly Hills brought along a very special version of this coach-built, limited edition model in dressed in navy blue with gold wheels. The looks of Sergio are still controversial, but damn that color is fine.

Limited to just 6 units, Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio was first conceived as a  tribute to the late CEO of the Italian design house, Sergio Pininfarina. It is based on a Ferrari 458 Spider and is designed as a Speedster with on roof. The running gear is identical to the 458.

Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio Specs:

  • Maximum length: 4550 mm
  • Maximum width: 1940 mm
  • Maximum height: 1140 mm
  • Boot capacity: 110 litres
  • Power train (from Ferrari 458 Spider): 4499cc V8; Sequential gearbox 7M + RM
  • Package: 2 doors, 2 seats
  • Chassis: original 458 Spider
  • Cx XS: about 5% lower than the original car
  • Weight: about 1280 kg
  • Maximum speed: ~320 km/h
  • 0-100 km/h: less than 3.4 seconds

Video by BrianZuk

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