Automobili Pininfarina Proud to support the British Library’s 'Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion'
London, Thursday 6th June 2019: Automobili Pininfarina, the Italian luxury car maker, has partnered with the British Library to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, with a landmark UK first – ‘A Mind in Motion’ exhibition.
The British Library’s ‘A Mind in Motion’ exhibition brings together highlights from three of Da Vinci’s remarkable Codex notebooks for the first time ever in the UK. The exhibition celebrates and reveals the inner workings of Leonardo’s complex mind and his fascination with motion – which he considered to be “the cause of all life”.
Luca Borgogno said:
“We are proud to be a part of the ‘A Mind in Motion’ exhibition because we are proud of what Italian design has brought to the world. Leonardo was a true Italian genius, the first person to combine the disciplines of art, design and engineering – and from Leonardo in the 16th Century to Pininfarina in 2019, these principles remain strong."
“Italy is defined by design classics, whether that is Leonardo’s work, Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Pininfarina’s Cisitalia 202 or Mattè-Trucco’s car factory in Lingotto. The common theme between them is that they presented modern, elegant, innovative functions and design in perfect harmony for the first time. The Battista design brief is a breath-taking expression of this tradition.”
As the presenting partner, in homage to the inventor, the brand will exhibit the zero-emissions Battista hypercar on general public display in the UK for the first time. The car styled with a unique exterior finish will feature in a bespoke enclosure in the British Library’s main courtyard from 7th to 9th June.
The Battista is set to be the most powerful car ever produced in Italy. The car was designed by Chief Design Officer Luca Borgogno, whose challenge was to create aesthetically beautiful vehicle with classic supercar proportions, acceleration faster than a Formula 1 car, and a 300-mile electric range on a single charge.