Mahindra Racing and Automobili Pininfarina have announced an extension to their existing partnership to incorporate shared technology cooperation for high-performance electric mobility.
Automobili Pininfarina is owned by the Formula E team’s parent company Mahindra and Mahindra and was launched two years ago to build luxury electric cars.
Its Battista electric hypercar recently began testing, with former Mahindra Formula E driver Nick Heidfeld leading test driving duties.
The new element of Mahindra and Pininfarina’s cooperation will include sharing of technology between the two companies. They will work together on programs and components including simulation and energy use, composites, powertrains and cooling systems.
They will also share resources such as wind tunnel work, suppliers and personnel, while Mahindra’s Formula E race drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Jerome d’Ambrosio will also be involved, alongside Heidfeld’s development driver role.
Mahindra’s role with Pininfarina began as a technology provider, according to the Formula E team’s CEO and team principal Dilbagh Gill.
“When we originally started the partnership with Automobili Pininfarina, we looked at us being a technology provider in the sense that we want to transfer the learnings we take from the race track and apply them to the road,” he said.
“We want to leverage the strengths of our organizations; both of us have a pretty strong ecosystem and we want to focus on how to bring these ecosystems together and that’s why the partnership is important.
“For Mahindra & Mahindra, which is the parent company for both of us, it’s a case of our two investments coming together to bring something special in terms of excitement, luxury and sustainability to the consumer.”
Pininfarina’s CEO Michael Perschke is confident at the partnership’s ability to improve his company’s electric hypercars.
“Automobili Pininfarina is on a mission to create electric luxury vehicles the world truly loves, and the role of Mahindra Racing in developing these cars of the future will be an important feature in our anticipated success,” he said.
“Our clients for the Battista pure-electric hypercar have already experienced the pinnacle of EV motorsport through testing Mahindra Racing cars on track.
“We see many opportunities to develop this relationship on many levels and I am looking forward to Automobili Pininfarina and Mahindra Racing being able to share more details of our exciting and strategic plans in the very near future.”