Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pagani updates the Huayra with the Huayra BC

We're not big fans of the Pagani Huayra. As good-looking as its predecessor, the Pagani Zonda, was, the design of the Huayra with its tall and wide snout make it look like a huge catfish that was stranded on land. Still, that hasn't stopped people from filling out the Huayra's order book as all 100 units of Pagani's hypercar have reportedly been sold out.

Fortunately, Pagani has decided to create a more hardcore version of the Huayra that takes inspiration from the track-focused variant of the Zonda: the Zonda R and the Zonda Cinque.

The car is the Pagani Huayra BC and, according to the Italian carmaker, it is "the most technologically advanced Huayra Coupé yet" by infusing it with innovative technical solutions that will be incorporated into Pagani's future cars.

Some of the design parameters Pagani Automobili had for the Huayra BC was that it will be lightest globally-available hypercar, have a motorsport-derived chassis and suspension systems, and be equipped with a completely new automated manual transmission that's tuned for performance and comfort.

With a weight of just 1,218kg, the Huayra BC is indeed lighter than its competitors like the Porsche 918 Spyder (1,633kg at least), the Ferrari LaFerrari (1,255kg), and the McLaren P1 (1,450kg).

For its suspension, Pagani fitted the Huayra BC with what it claims is "the lightest and most effective ever applied to a roadgoing hi-performance vehicle," as its components are forged from a lightweight aeronautic aluminum alloy that's exceptionally strong and reportedly 25% lighter than that in the standard Huayra Coupe. Furthermore, the suspension uprights have been completely redesigned, further reducing the weight while increasing the rigidity of the components, making the car more responsive and reactive than ever before.

As for the seven-speed automated manual transmission, it features a new electro-hydraulic actuation system and new carbon fiber synchronizers that have been designed to "increase the precision of gear engagement and further reduce gearshift times." In addition, the Huayra BC's clutch control program has also been heavily revised to allow for greater accuracy in changig gears despite the increased torque of the engine.

Paired to the Huayra BC's gearbox is a 750hp, Euro 6-compliant V12 biturbo engine developed by Mercedes-AMG exclusively for Pagani.

As for what the "BC" stands for, it's the initials of Benny Caiola, a friend of Pagani founder Horacio Pagani who also happens to be the very first customer of Pagani Automobili.

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