- Pagani Huayra, spectacular sports car with 730 hp
- Several million test kilometers
- Engine comes from Mercedes subsidiary AMG
- In 3.3 seconds to 100 km
- A new factory for the Huayra
- Even the carabinieri salute for the car
Pagani Huayra, spectacular sports car with 730 hp
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No other sports car is more spectacular in terms of design, technology and performance than the Pagani Huayra.
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However, this exclusivity has its price: you have to pay one million euros for the successor to the Zonda.
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The Pagani completely dispenses with spoilers. Only the imposing double doors stretch into the wind.
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As with a jet fighter, however, the Huayra also has so-called flaps on every corner. These are movable flaps that direct the air flow so that the car brakes better… and does not take off.
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The Pagani’s acceleration is also exceptional. The super sports car goes from zero to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds. The manufacturer gives the top speed of 360 km / h …on.
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The engine comes from AMG. But while the Mercedes SL 65 AMG is almost a modest 630 hp, the Pagani makes 730 hp – wrapped in a regalia made of gold and carbon.
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If you stand a little on tiptoe, you can see the baroque shapes of the 1.17 meter flat Huayra.
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The Huayra’s cockpit also has its own style.
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The driver and front passenger are surrounded by a lot of lacquer, leather and bare metal.
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The design of the Pagani Huayra is influenced by fighter pilots, but also by organic shapes.
When he came to Italy in the 80s, Horazio Pagani wanted to build the perfect sports car. When the Huayra goes on sale for one million euros, it is already very close to this goal.
E.s is little more than the size of a hand, not particularly detailed and now quite repulsive. But this little wooden model in the showcase speaks volumes. Because it is now a couple of decades old and proves that even as a child, Horazio Pagani wanted nothing more than to build a sports car.
The Argentine is now in his fifties, has his own company in the tranquil San Cesario sul Panaro in the magical triangle between Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati and is already launching his second car. After exactly 131 Zonda in a little over ten years, the Huayra is now ready to go.
While its debut was only for wealthy speedsters with an affinity for the racetrack, the successor should also put the Bugattis of this world in the shade on the boulevards. Because no other sports car is more spectacular in terms of design, technology and driving performance than the Italian tongue twister, which takes its name from the god of wind from the legendary Inca kingdom.
Several million test kilometers
Even with the design, Pagani goes its own way with the successor to the Zonda: Where the competition relies on powerful spoilers, the two large gull-wing doors are the only thing that stretches into the wind on the 4.61 meter long and 1.17 meter flat Huayra.
Otherwise, the sophisticated profile of the flounder is completely sufficient to generate enough downforce for top speeds at which commercial pilots have long since taken off – it is not for nothing that the designers used an upturned airplane wing as a model for the silhouette.
As with a jet fighter, however, there are so-called flaps on every corner of the Huayra: As big as a A4 sheet of paper and electronically controlled, these movable flaps can direct the air flow in an emergency so that the car brakes better and not not takes off early.
Engine comes from Mercedes subsidiary AMG
The Italians developed the entire car themselves and took five years to do it, completed several million test kilometers and even subjected one of their prototypes with the project code C9 to an involuntary crash test on a German motorway. But they buy in the most important component: the engine.
It comes from the Mercedes subsidiary AMG. Where the fast Swabians are otherwise very particular with their engines and never sell them to external companies, they willingly lend a hand for Pagani to the six-liter twelve-cylinder that usually powers the SL65 and, more recently, the G65. After all, none other than Pagani‘s foster father and Mercedes works driver Juan Manuel Fangio initiated the deal.
And even after Fangio’s death, Affalterbach only had words of praise for the Argentine in Italy: “Horazio is an artist with a great vision,” says AMG boss Ola Kallenius: “We are proud that we can support him.” Incidentally Mercedes has at least removed that super sports car in its portfolio that the Swabians still lack above the SLS.
In 3.3 seconds to 100 km
Where rich VW customers pick up the Bugatti and the wealthy high-speed drivers of this world look forward to a successor to the Ferrari Enzo, Kallenius can sell his customers an SL 65 AMG and send them on another shopping tour to San Cesario with a clear conscience.
If the engine in the SL is still almost a modest 630 hp, it has been thoroughly reworked at Pagani and decorated with a regalia made of gold and carbon to 730 hp and the well-known 1000 Newton meters (Nm), with which the airy deity actually becomes a wild whirlwind: over 360 km / h should be enough to drive away even the strongest storm.
But it’s not so much the high speed that takes you captive in the Huayra. It’s the deafening sound and the tremendous thrust when accelerating when the Huayra hisses like a fury and accelerates to 100 in 3.3 seconds, as if it didn’t take more than a snap of your fingers. This is how a fighter pilot should feel when the catapult shoots him from the aircraft carrier.
A new factory for the Huayra
The engine literally has an easy time of it. Because although the cockpit of the Huayra with paint and leather and lots of bare metal inside shines and sparkles like a Bentley for the red light district, each horsepower only has to drag 1.9 kilos. It weighs in at just 1,350 kilos and is four to six hundredweight lighter than the Ferrari F12 or the Lamborghini Aventador. It is not for nothing that the body is made entirely of carbon and titanium.
Extreme technology, an exquisite interior and exclusive quantities – that of course drives up the price. Pagani charges 892,000 euros plus taxes for the Huayra – and can still hardly save himself from ordering. "In any case, we already have the first 100 cars in the order books," says press spokesman Luca Venturi and estimates that it will take around two years for this order backlog to be cleared.
Because while the Zonda in the current main plant took four months to complete, a new factory is currently being built for the Huayra on the other side of the street, in which, despite unchanged manual work, the production time is to be halved and the output doubled.
Even the carabinieri salute for the car
For the first time, the Italians want to sell all over the world and not, as before, omit the super sports car market in America. The Huayra is already arriving there just as well as it is in Hong Kong, China and large parts of Europe, says Venturi. At the debut in Pebble Beach alone, the Italians sold ten cars in one weekend.
Only at home in Italy, of all places, does not seem to be interested in the new low-flying aircraft from San Cesario. Not because the Italians have a problem with the manufacturer’s Argentinian ancestry. After all, local patriotism is so great that even the Carabinieri salute when a Huayra drives through Emilia Romagna.
And it’s not because the Italians ran out of money, says Venturi. “Unfortunately, nobody dares to show their wealth on the street,” complains the company spokesman. "Because everyone is afraid of the curiosity of the tax office."
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