Pagani Huarya hypercar revealed

Huarya replaces the Zonda hypercar

This is the Pagani Huayra, the Italian firm’s one million euro hypercar replacement for the Zonda. Known in development as the C9, the Huayra – a ‘god of wind’ and pronounced ‘Wirer’ with a heavy Spanish accent – has taken Pagani seven years to develop and, according to company boss Horacio Pagani, offers a different flavour of supercar to the Zonda.

Continuing Pagani’s alliance with Mercedes’ AMG department, the Huayra is powered by a bi-turbo 6.0-litre V12. Pagani will sell two versions of the Huayra: the standard engine with 700bhp and 91.8 kgm and a Sport version with 730bhp and 112 kgm. While the block is shared with Mercedes’ own SL65 Black Series, Pagani commissioned AMG to reduce turbo lag and improve the throttle progression, resulting in new heads, pistons, manifolds and turbos.

Currently Pagani is being quite coy about the Huayra’s performance, but is claiming to have seen 230mph, and Zero to 62mph in 3.3sec in testing. Helping to manage the inevitable slip is a three-stage Bosch traction control system.

The Huayra uses a mandatory seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, built for Pagani by UK race specialist XTRAC. To reduce the length of the drivetrain the gearbox is mounted transversely behind the engine.

Kerbweight has been kept to 1350kg (dry), despite the fact the Huayra is larger than the Zonda and carries more safety equipment. Which along with the forced induction ensures the Huayra is homologated for the US - the first time a Pagani has done so.

Another first are the enormous gullwing doors, like the rest of the body constructed from carbonfibre. While the tub is carbon-titanium, the titanium allowing the material to flex just slightly in the event of an impact rather than shattering, but without compromising the strength.

Pagani claim the overall body is designed to act like an aircraft wing, changing its shape to manage the airflow over it to best effect. It does so, using four moveable aerodynamic flaps, one at each corner of the car. Each independently and automatically operated. These not only tailor downforce as required for acceleration and braking but also work across the car to add grip during cornering.

In addition, the front ride height is adjustable, not only for garage/ramp access at low speeds but also to actively manage the airflow under the car at speed. And under hard braking the ride height (controlled by the dampers) increases to negate dive.

The interior is instantly recognisable as a Pagani, but has designed to be more comfortable and useable on longer journeys, with more cabin space plus a touch screen sat-nav and Bluetooth.

The Huayra also marks a step-change for Pagani. If it can find enough suitably wealthy customers the Huayra will double annual production and take Pagani into the US and Chinese markets. To facilitate that growth Pagani plans to start construction of a new, larger factory during 2011.

Copyright (c) Autocar India. All rights reserved.
We bring you drives of the Maruti Ignis, the Skoda Kodiaq, the new 5-series and take you on a trip from India to Paris in a Renault Kwid. All that and lots more inside!
What's in this issue?

comments powered by Disqus

notSet

Trending Now
Latest News
2016 Maruti Autocross Championship: Mumbai Day 2
After posting seriously quick times on Saturday, the racers get ready for...
3 hours ago   4 pictures
Price reduction sees 16% rise in Auto LPG sales
Auto LPG sales jump over the October-December 2016 period; costs Rs 35.57...
3 hours ago   1 picture
Tokyo gets two-storey Mercedes-AMG showroom
The retail outlet is located in Setagaya district; it can stage real...
6 hours ago   2 pictures
Airbus working on flying car prototype
The prototype will be ready for testing by the end of the year; could be...
23 hours ago   1 picture
Maruti Autocross C'ship 2016 kick-starts in Mumbai
The races are being held at the MMRDA grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex from...
1 day ago   3 pictures

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 209 | Autocar India: January 2017

We bring you drives of the Maruti Ignis, the Skoda Kodiaq, the new 5-series and take you on a trip from India to Paris in a Renault Kwid. All that and lots more inside!
Autocar Magazine
Latest Poll
When seated at the rear do you buckle up?



or View results
Always
  21%
 
Sometimes
  23%
 
Never
  55%
TOTAL VOTES: 504

Vote now
View previous Polls »