The exotic car world has now become familiar with the name Pagani, the moniker assigned to the supercars designed by Horacio Pagani who takes great inspiration from Da Vinci as he painstakingly sculpts some of the fastest cars on the planet.
As he began making good on his promise of a little sister to his benchmark Zonda of 1999, the design of which has since been put in the vault, his vision of Renaissance-meets-the-modern-world on the asphalt has taken a very provocative turn. Though younger, no less the wiser, and dare we say more wicked, the Huayra, named after the South American god of the wind Huayra Tata, was created with the sole purpose of performance, quite literally carved out of titanium to tame the winds and speak in a searing viper-ish scream as she launches into 230mph.
The element of air walks hand in hand with speed and became the inspiring source of design for Pagani who created intelligent active aerodynamics to play with the winds as the Huayra soars across the track. Shaped like a wing, Huayra needs these special designs to counteract the lift she inevitably creates.
Made of more than 4000 components (engine and gearbox not included), she was crafted by a passionate team who were dedicated to the minutiae of the art. Inside and outside the bespoke facets are everywhere. From the switches, screws, and the candy colored lights in the console, absolutely nothing is off the shelf. Inside the cabin the exquisitely supple and buttery soft leather tailoring wins a best dressed among her peers and the artfully milled titanium aspects embellish the atmosphere. Layer upon layer of design elements evolve into a couture hyper car.
Under the hood Pagani gave her a very special heart, the Mercedes AMG M158 V12 twin-Turbo with 730 HP and 1000 Nm of torque. His motivation was to achieve an untamed experience, one that Pagani describes as, “that of the brute force of an airplane taking off.” As with anything that flies she needs wings and here Pagani gave her gull-wing doors that are an homage to the Mercedes 300SL.
What could possibly make this car any more exotic or up its cool factor? What if we told you that its chassis is bullet-proof? That’s right, the beautifully shaped carbon composite structure is made from Carbotanium, a patented composite material invented by Modena Design, a branch of Pagani’s manufacturing and consultancy arm. Created from a combination of beta titanium alloy that goes through various abrading, coating, and aging processes while being kissed with platinum. This unique material is both strong and light and most definitely is greater than the sum of it parts.
In the first chapter of the Huyara he also made a bold choice to use rear wheel drive, instead of the typical four-wheel drive, due to the all important weight considerations. The sophisticated engineering optimizes the weight to power ratio so that everyone of her 730 horses can rocket forward with premium efficiency. Weighing in at 1350kg she has a power to weight ratio of 541 break-horse power per ton, greater than even the Veyron. The driving force initiating from behind makes for a savage sliding dance when you corner this machine and yet being an aerodynamic virtuoso means that thankfully you will be able to step out of this devilish vixen alive.
In the second Huayra chapter Pagani bestowed a new direction for the supercar, introducing hybrid propulsion, a combination of combustion engine and electric motor for the Hyaura BC. The “BC” is an homage to the initials of Benny Caiola, someone who has greatly inspired Horacio Pagani over the years. Benny was so impressed by the passion, technology, and beauty of the cars Horacio was designing from the very beginning, he made history as the first customer to buy a Pagani Automobile. This design sports a Mercedes-Benz AMG V12, 789hp, and impressively weighing in at just 1218 kg.
Pagani debuted its latest Huayra Roadster at the 2017 Geneva auto show earlier in the year. The beautiful design teases with delicious advancements; remove the convertible roof and reveal the car’s new flying buttresses behind the cabin, while a revised rear features taillights with an extended leading edge and the diffuser has been given a new design.
“…So everything had to come together as if it was
a car carved out of a block of Carrara marble…”.
This is truly the kind of duet between art and science that Da Vinci craved for and certainly would be proud to have inspired such a creature. In Geneva the supercar world will turn its eyes toward the future as Pagani prepares the unveiling of his newest flying, bullet-proof god.
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