Paganic† a fine car maker from Italy that has produced some of the meanest supercars the car world has ever seen. The company’s products also gave Ferrari and Lamborghini cutthroat competition and challenged their legacy. That is quite a lot for a company that has existed for three decades and has about 55 employees. The Huayra came as the successor to the Zonda, which was an immense success.
Astronomical power figures, super-light carbon fiber body and some insane aerodynamics make the new track-only Huayra R an engineering marvel. In addition, what makes the Huayra R so unique is that it is said to be the last version of the hypercar, and the company is limiting production of the R to just 30 units, which explains its staggering $3.1 million price tag.
Pagani’s track-only extreme hypercar
The design of the 2022 Pagani Huayra R may be very similar to the standard Huayra. Surprisingly, however, only two components of these vehicles are shared, namely the door mirrors and some capscrews on the frame. The Huayra R’s overall styling is exceptionally aerodynamic and at its top speed it produces a downforce of almost 2204 lbs. The front bumper is aggressively designed and has fins out to the sides to increase the aero factor. The upper part of the bumper has the familiar Pagani look with the quadpod headlights, more pleats and air intakes for more efficiency and downforce. On the side, the supercar gets 19-inch wheels with two sets of tires, one for dry and one for wet track conditions. Beneath those massive wheels are carbon-ceramic brakes that beautifully bring this speed trader to a stop on a dime.
A major design change between the standard Huayra and the Huayra R is the fact that the Huayra R gets butterfly doors, as opposed to the gullwing found on the standard road version. The roof features a Ram air intake that channels air directly into the engine, and the rear sees the familiar design of the exhaust tips with the quad pipes coming out of the center. Lower into the bumper, you’ll see a diffuser that’s now bigger and wider than any Pagani ever. The vehicle’s taillights also feature a unique design, allowing air to flow seamlessly through the sides of the body. The Huayra R also takes a lot of design inspiration from other classic sports cars, and the biggest giveaway is the rear wing of the vehicle. It also has active aero, which acts as an air brake and works continuously to make the car feel more planted.
Huayra R: top performance on the track
To match all the shows of the 2021 Pagani Huayra R, it also needs an engine to deliver serious ‘go’ numbers. The Huayra R uses a 6-litre V12 engine co-developed with Mercedes, with an output of 850 hp and an insane rev limit of 9000 RPM. The supercar’s torque will be 553 lb-ft and the engine will sound like an old F1 car. This solid machine is built to last approximately 6,200 miles before a service interval is required, which is incredible for a track-focused race car. In addition, the R will use a 6-speed sequential racing gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.
Pagani’s cleverly designed weight-saving technology
The crucial factor for any fast car is to have an excellent power-to-weight ratio, and the Pagani Huayra R has a perfect one. The dry weight of the vehicle is just over 2200 lbs which is a very light unsprung mass to begin with. The carbon-ceramic brakes weigh only a third of their equivalent all-metal rotors. The entire body of the vehicle is made of carbon fiber and the monocoque construction of the chassis ensures that the vehicle runs seamlessly. The carmaker has gone to great lengths to ensure that the Huayra R remains light. The car therefore does not use glass for the windshield or side windows, as this is a track-only vehicle and does not even have air conditioning.
All in all, the 2021 Pagani Huayra R is a brilliant piece of engineering and proof that perfection is achievable. The carmaker’s great design for a track-oriented supercar, the premium engine that delivers heart-pounding power, smart aerodynamics and lightweight in-vehicle materials make the Huayra R a highly desirable choice. Plus, with only 30 units of this masterpiece produced, the hefty $3.1 million price tag is understandable.
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