Gotham City icon Bruce Wayne inspires other-worldly HYPERCARS from Automobili Pininfarina

05/06/2024 by

Automobili Pininfarina has curated a collection of bespoke pure-electric vehicles inspired by DC's Bruce Wayne, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products and Relevance International.

As a visionary entrepreneur with a passion for cutting-edge innovation and sustainable technology, Wayne's elegant and refined taste matches Automobili Pininfarina's bespoke Italian design and luxury customer experience, where clients co-curate their 'dream car' together with the artisans and Design team in the Cambiano Atelier.

As a result, Bruce Wayne's on-screen persona has inspired two new highly exclusive versions of both the Automobili Pininfarina B95 hyper Barchetta and the Battista hyper GT. Every element of the two unique specifications, named 'Gotham' and 'Dark Knight,' has been curated to compliment the luxurious lifestyle of a pop culture icon, who has appeared in numerous forms of entertainment and media since his debut in 1939. This partnership will launch at and will be followed by an invite-only first-of-its-kind retail theatre concept coming this summer where an Automobili Pininfarina Battista will be on exclusive display.

Paolo Dellachà, Chief Executive Officer at Automobili Pininfarina, said: 

"Our partnership with Wayne Enterprises through Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products, DC and Relevance International is a natural fit for Automobili Pininfarina. It's driven by our shared pursuit of pioneering and sustainable technologies to promote the future of mobility. This collaboration not only empowers us to ignite the imaginations of our clients but also to reach and inspire new and diverse audiences."

Dave Amantea, Chief Design Officer at Automobili Pininfarina, continued: 

"Designing an all-electric hypercar inspired by Bruce Wayne is a dream assignment for our team, giving them creative freedom to place themselves into the imagination of someone as iconic as Bruce Wayne. These two exclusive specifications for our two hypercars represent the ultimate vehicles for the man behind the most famous mask in the world."

Andrea Crespi, Chief Technical Officer at Automobili Pininfarina, concluded: 

"Wayne Enterprises stands as a beacon of innovation, and a testament to an unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of what's possible. The B95 Barchetta and Battista hyper GT vehicles already successfully capture this visionary spirit, reflecting the tireless efforts and brilliant minds of our technical teams at Automobili Pininfarina."

Robert Oberschelp, Head of Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products, added: 

"Collaborating with Automobili Pininfarina on designing these incredible, state-of-the-art vehicles exemplifies our Wayne Enterprises guiding motto: partner with premier brands to bring Bruce Wayne's elevated taste into the real world. These stunning hypercars, featuring elaborate design and futuristic technology, celebrate the Wayne lifestyle while offering an innovative product unlike anything else in the market."

Vehicle specifications

Automobili Pininfarina has created two exclusive versions of the B95 hyper Barchetta and Battista hyper GT, named Gotham and Dark Knight, with many unique and previously unseen technical specifications. All four cars are powered by a high-capacity 120kWh lithium-ion battery and four motors to generate 1,900hp. That's enough to propel each pure-electric model from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in less than a two second sprint – faster than a current Formula 1 car.

Both Battista and B95 models receive all-new Wayne Enterprises-inspired HMI display enhancements, featuring an instruction voice inspired by Bruce Wayne's loyal butler and assistant, Alfred Pennyworth. The Battista models also offer entirely new performance-enhancing specifications. These include tailgate shark fins and louver openings in the front and rear carbon fibre wings to improve overall aerodynamic efficiency towards the rear airbrake and vehicle side body. The exterior is completed with Wayne Enterprises logos on the side skirts and roof, and all models display a unique aluminium chassis and door plate, inspired by Bruce Wayne.

To further emphasise the 'Dream Cars. Made Real' philosophy, the interiors of both the Battista Gotham and Dark Knight cars benefit from a completely new door and roof design where a large portion of the roof is curved glass, to lighten the interior ambience.

Gotham specification

This design is intended to reflect the more gentle, civilian sophistication of Bruce Wayne. Both the B95 and Battista models are upholstered in a distinctive tan leather that includes bespoke quilting in the centre panels, along with tan stitching.

The Gotham Battista's bodywork is finished in a stunning Argento Vittorio gloss paint, complemented by the Nero Torino gloss paint Goccia roof. To finish the look, the brand's iconic 'F' logo is back-lit and made of brushed and polished anodized aluminium. The 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels are finished with a Prezioso Evoluzione gloss black face and matt black channel rim. 

The Gotham B95's wheels closely match those of the Gotham Battista, except they are finished in a matt black inner and gloss black outer ring, with Titan callipers and a brushed aluminium anodized black rim centre lock ring to complete the look.

Dark Knight specification

By contrast, the Dark Knight design reflects Bruce Wayne's use of technology to maintain an edge in his fight against Gotham City's criminal underworld. These vehicles feature black Alcantara and black leather upholstery, with a unique black and gold duo-tone contrast stitch.

The Dark Knight Battista's bodywork is finished in Nero Profondo gloss paint, with Nero Torino 'Goccia' roof, and Glorioso ceramic-polished rims complete the look. The Dark Knight B95's exterior matches the Battista, also featuring ceramic-polished rims.

All four designs reflect Wayne Enterprises' pursuit of innovation and Bruce Wayne's own personality. From subtle use of the Wayne Enterprises corporate logo throughout the vehicles, to customised seat embroidery and the voice inspired by Alfred Pennyworth, these dreams cars are the embodiment of the Gotham City icon's persona.