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Friday, February 19, 2016

The New Pagani Huayra BC is a 750-HP “Thank You” Note


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When starting out, every business owner remembers the first customer they served and the first dollar they earned; some even frame that momentous bill and hang it on the wall. 
Horacio Pagani, the man behind supercar firm Pagani Automobili, is different however. He just designed an entire car in honor of his first customer, the late Benny Caiola, and it’s the brand’s most technologically advanced machine yet. Meet the Pagani Huayra BC.

Pagani is quick to say this isn’t a warmed over version of its current Huayra, which has been in production since 2012. Instead it’s a track-focused evolution of the breed that is still road legal and importantly still emissions compliant in both Europe and the US. The beating heart at its core? Another colossal twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG V12, which kicks out “over 750 horsepower” and 738 lb.-ft. of torque.


While hybridization is fast becoming the new avenue for achieving maximum performance, Pagani made a conscious decision to focus instead on trimming as much weight from the car as possible. As a result, the hypercar tips the scales at just 2,685 pounds, courtesy of a new featherweight sports exhaust, aerospace-grade aluminum suspension setup (25 percent lighter than the current car), a newly designed Xtrac seven-speed automated manual gearbox, and an even lighter carbon fiber weave.

Aerodynamically, the Pagani Huayra BC is said to have received a full redesign as compared to the standard Huayra. In fact, the two cars only share one common body panel, the roof. Every air vent and duct have been wind tunnel optimized, along with the Huayra’s new carbon fiber festooned front splitter and aggressive rear wing. A track star, this certainly looks to be, perhaps even on the level of the monstrous Zonda R.


Inside, things are expectedly still well styled and arranged, from the exposed gear linkage to the red leather trimmings and mix of glossy and matte black carbon fiber components. With a good look inside and out, it comes as no surprise that the Pagani Huayra BC is not cheap. How not cheap? According to Top Gear, a scintillating €2.3 million (about $2.6 million).

Then again, you can’t buy one anyway. Pagani plans to build 20 of its Huayra BCs, and all of which have already been sold.