Street legal cars sacrifice civility when it comes to competition, and that’s why this car is about to change the world. Aimed at enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to push their limits, the new Pagani Huayra R arrives ready to race. As you probably know, Huayra is a god of wind in Argentinian mythology. The storms from the Andes mountains are ferocious, and the latest one will be the stuff of legends
The first Pagani born on the track will undoubtedly be driven on the street at some point, even if the federal government gets upset. Starting over from the ground up, this new car is a Huayra in name only. While carbo-triax was used in many places on its predecessor, the entire monocoque incorporates it throughout. The seats are even molded into the cockpit to add another layer of strength. Chrome-moly has replaced aluminum in the subframes to make it 16% stronger in torsion and 51% stronger in flex. The engine is also a stressed part of the suspension to allow for a dry weight of only 2,314 lbs.
Speaking of power, the turbos, intercoolers and supporting hardware are too heavy for a track car. Mercedes-AMG has been a great partner, but this time they needed more. Going to the genius himself, Hans-Werner Aufrecht. He is the “A” in AMG and his team has delivered a naturally-aspirated 6-liter that screams to 9,000 rpm. You will have 850 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque sent to a 6-speed sequential.
“The new engine had to have the charm, romance, sound and simplicity of the F1 engines of the 1980s, while incorporating state-of-the-art technology available today.” Horacio Pagani
Before you encounter this work of art, you will hear it coming. All twelve cylinders have equal-length exhaust primaries that are tuned for optimal torque. Mufflers are included to meet the FIA’s limit of 110 decibels, but they are easily removed.
This story began in 2008 with the development of the first Huayra. Horacio dreamed of building a car without having to conform to complex and pedantic regulations. This car represents 30 years of R&D. Three decades of innovations that were shelved in order to make the Zonda and Huayra acceptable on the street. That is why the Huayra R arrives with fully slick Pirelli P Zeros and 16.1″ brakes.
What began with the Pagani Raduno has evolved into “Arte In Pista”. Leave your calendar open for exclusive events for the Huayra R and its owners. The goal is to cultivate an “intimate club of true adrenaline seekers”. The Huayra R represents a new chapter for them, so get ready for a wild ride!
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