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04-10-2018 | Electro Mobility | News | Article

Pininfarina Plans to Develop PF0 Hypercar in Munich

Patrick Schäfer

Automobili Pininfarina unveiled its new CTO at the opening of its headquarters in Munich, where the PF0 electric sports car is to be developed for small series production.

Munich-based Automobili Pininfarina is looking for partners for its PF0 luxury electric sports car. The car, which is still under development, will have a limited production run of exactly 150 units starting in 2020. However, "around 80 percent of this development has been completed", announced a company spokesman at the Munich press conference. 

On the same day, Automobili Pininfarina also announced that Munich had been selected as the global headquarters. According to Pininfarina SpA’s CEO Michael Perschke, this is due to "local networks and expertise", and is also the reason why development of the PF0 has been contracted to Munich. The electric hypercar will be produced in Turin, however.

For Perschke though, this day in the Bavarian capital is an important milestone "for the market launch of Pininfarina cars and for the PF0, which will be the most powerful Italian sports car ever". It will also be the first luxury hypercar to be designed in Germany. According to initial company reports, the all-electric vehicle is expected to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under two seconds and from 0 to 300 km/h in under twelve seconds. The car has a top speed of over 400 km/h and a range of over 500 kilometres, according to the car maker. A total of four electric motors will power the drive.

Four electric motors for the PF0

The car has two 450-kilowatt electric motors at the front and two 550-kilowatt motors at the rear. To get this powerhouse onto the road in time, Automobili Pininfarina also held the conference "to look for partners and suppliers in order to make this dream come true", explained Dr. Pawan Goenka. For this – and also to introduce Rimac Automobili as an important partner – the CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Automobili Pininfarina made this trip especially. The Croatian car maker, based in Sveta Nedelja near Zagreb, supplies most of the electric powertrain as well as the traction battery. According to the press release, the order volume is around 50 million euros.

In response to an enquiry from ATZ magazine, Perschke explained that Automobili Pininfarina had not yet fully decided on the future supplier for the limited production run, but he did announce the appointment of Christian Jung as Chief Technical Officer. Jung previously held various positions in the BMW Group in Germany and the U.S., as well as at Porsche as Director for E-Mobility Systems Design, where he played a leading role in the first project team for the Mission E. At Faraday Future, he was Senior Director of Electrical Engineering and Platform Strategy. In addition to Jung, Peter Tutzer will join the company as PF0 Senior Technical Advisor. Tutzer has a PhD in mechanical engineering and was Chief Engineer for the company's racing car programme at Porsche. Later he joined Pagani, where he was responsible for the chassis, vehicle layout and packaging of the Pagani Zonda.

Next, he played a crucial role at Bugatti in the engineering and development of the Veyron. As well as being responsible for the complete car layout – packaging and integration of the chassis and aerodynamics – he also managed the entire car testing and development programme. Tutzer was then Technical Director at Lotus Cars and most recently Chief Technical Officer at Thunder Power EV.

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