Fast Lane: Battista clocks 0-100kmh in 1.86 seconds, Stellantis acquires AI firm, traditional handbrake disappearing

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Pininfarina Battista sets new records

Luxury Italian carmaker Automobili Pininfarina has set a number of new records with its Battista all-electric sports car at the Dubai Autodrome on Monday. The car clocked a 0-100kmh sprint in 1.86 seconds, a 0-200kmh dash in 4.75 seconds, and stopping from 100-0kmh in 31m (a world record for an electric car).

At the same time, it posted a range of 480km – also a record for an electric supercar. The 1,900hp/2,300Nm quad-motor all-wheel-drive is expected to hit 300kmh in under 12 seconds and a top speed of more than 350kmh.

Made in Cambiano, Italy, the car is being delivered to first customers worldwide.

ZF rolling out new line of motors

German components maker ZF has unveiled a new line of electric drivetrains which promise “excellent power density and efficiency”. They comprise motors, power electronics, transmission and software, which, among other things, offer shorter charging time.

ZF says its products are modular and configurable, with compact designs that minimise space and use of materials, and that its backlog of e-drive systems stands at €25 billion (S$35.9 billion).

Have monster truck, will travel

American niche carmaker Hennessey has equipped its 1,012bhp Mammoth 1000 TRX with overlanding equipment for adventure-oriented owners. The Overland Edition is available on the Mammoth 900 Ram TRX as well, with the pack costing US$19,950 (S$27,470).

With the pack, the Texas-based company says the world’s most powerful pickup truck will be able to go “further into the wild than ever before”. The modular system uses a robust TRX bed rack as its foundation, topped by a convenient hard-shell r...

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