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Pininfarina unveils more details of the 250mph rocket ship set to be the world’s fastest car

By Paul Connolly

Brilliant design company Pininfarina has unveiled new images and sketches of a 250+mph all-electric hypercar that’s poised to be the world’s fastest street-legal production car.

Known as the Automobili Pininfarina PF0 concept, the model is said to be capable of doing 0-60 mph in less than two seconds.

If this is achieved in an actual street-legal production car, it would make it the fastest car in the world from 0-60 mph.

Pininfarina also says the car will exceed the 250mph barrier and will be the most powerful Italian car ever built.

Due to the complexities of vehicle production and modification, it can be hard to compare fast cars.

However, under rules governing production cars – as opposed to special one-off or small-run vehicles – the world’s fastest car by acceleration is the Porsche 918 Spyder. It hit 0-60 in 2.2 seconds with a hybrid-electric naturally aspirated engine.

The next fastest is the all-electric Tesla Model S P100D in Ludicrous trim (2.28 seconds).

If the Pininfarina defeats 2.0 seconds in a production version, it should become the world’s fastest car by acceleration.

However, since there is some time – perhaps until 2020 - until the car reaches production stage, rivals like Porsche, Tesla, Dodge, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bugatti may well have plans to stop that.

This week Pininfarina released new exterior and interior images of its PF0 concept hypercar ahead of it being presented exclusively to prospective owners at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California on 22 August.

Pininfarina – now owned by Indian car maker Mahindra & Mahindra - says no more than 150 PF0 hypercars to be created from 2020, each hand-crafted in Cambiano, Italy.

The car will be cloaked in a “visually stunning body” created from carbon fibre, with “extreme” levels of technology and functional design.

Performance will be “staggering” for a road car: a stated ambition to accelerate to 62 mph in less than two seconds, break the 250 mph top speed barrier, and provide a potential zero-emissions range of over 300 miles.

Automobili Pininfarina boss Michael Perschke said: “Numerous design icons from Pininfarina’s incredible history have won awards at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, so I am excited to present a future Pininfarina classic to prospective owners in close proximity to this famous event.

“Our presence in Monterey is an inspiring chapter in the story of realising Battista Farina’s long-held dream: one day there will be beautiful cars solely branded Pininfarina.

“These special VIP previews mean that future PF0 owners, most of whom will undoubtedly own numerous modern and historic classics, have an opportunity right now to be part of the birth of the company and their hypercar.”

Automobili Pininfarina design director Luca Borgogno said: “Our objective with the exterior of PF0 is to design timeless beauty in every aspect, and the interior is equally important. Pininfarina’s design values of elegance and simplicity present us with a fantastic opportunity to stand out from the styling of most current sports and hypercars.

“Our guests in Pebble Beach have huge affinity for Italian sports cars. I am certain they will value our commitment to ensure PF0 is designed and hand-crafted in Turin. It is the birthplace of some of the most revered sports and luxury cars ever created.”

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