“PAGANI”, is a car brand everyone has heard of but knows nothing much about. “Pagani Automobili” is an Italian manufacturer of cars and carbon-fiber components. It was founded by Horacio Pagani in 1988 where at the time they worked on projects alongside Lamborghini, but their first car the “Pagani Zonda C8” was presented at the Geneva Motor show in 1999.
But that’s all way in the past, the latest supercar in their arsenal is the Pagani Huayra. The word “Huayra” literally is derived from the name of a Quechua Wind God, which was a little gutsy but Pagani definitely built a car to match its name.
Just by looking at it you can tell that this isn’t any regular supercar. It has “Gull-wing” doors, a “Frunk” (Front trunk) that is hinged in the front so as not to damage the windshield and a rear hatch that covers the engine and makes it look amazing. Unlike its predecessor the Pagani Zonda, the Huayra makes use of active aerodynamics to give the fastest lap time and reduce drag. The front slop on the hood is angled in such a way as to provide minimum drag and not to affect to streamline of the wind around the body.
In the rear, we have a massive diffuser designed to extract maximum downforce at high speeds and an active wing for stability around corners. There are also air intakes and vents to help cool the engine.
The interiors of this car are beautiful. With a carbon-fiber flat-bottom steering wheel covered with alcantara at its sides, a fully mechanical gear lever, all carbon-fiber paddle shifters, and a handbrake finished in pure aluminum this car is a dream of anybody who loves to see carbon-fibre everywhere in their car. The steering wheel consists of the usual drive mode selector and the engine start/stop button but something unique to the Huayra is that the buttons to activate the turn signals are also located on the steering wheel.
The Pagani Huayra uses a twin-turbocharged V12 engine that was manufactured by the Mercedes AMG team, especially for the Huayra. It produces 720hp and 738lb-ft of torque and combined with its 7-speed sequential gearbox this monster is capable of doing 0-100 in just 2.8 secs and tops out at 383 km/h (238mph). The Huayra runs on Pirelli P Zero tyres and is also equipped with Brembo brake caliper, rotors, and pads.
The Huayra itself has had many special editions runs such as the Huayra BC, Carbon Edition, White edition, the 730s, the La Monza Lisa and few more which brings up the question is Mr. Horacio Pagani completely out of ideas that he keeps making variations of the Huayra? Or is the team at Pagani working on something big and these variations are just a way of keeping them relevant in the eyes of the public. Either way whatever they choose to do next better be on par with their measure of quality because Pagani fanboys have been waiting for a new car for nearly 7 years now.