So you’ve purchased a $1.4M Pagani Huayra, and it has everything you’d expect of such a prestigious piece of engineering; a 720 horsepower V12, little flaps all over the bodywork that automatically raise and lower to contribute to aerodynamic trickery, a top speed approaching 240 mph, and an extremely limited production run of just 100 examples. There’s only one problem, it’s boring. 720 horsepower? Please, there are cheap American cars encroaching on those numbers! A 100 unit production run? What, are you going to buy one for your dog too? We’ve all been there; who hasn’t purchased a million dollar Italian hypercar and immediately thought, “It’s cool and everything, but it just needs more.”
You’re in luck, Pagani just announced the existence of the hardcore Huayra BC.
We all knew a more hardcore edition of the Huayra was coming. The Huayra’s predecessor, the Zonda, was notorious for having dozens of “this is the last final edition special one-off Zonda forever we promise” Editions, as production of the car was drug out for well over a decade. The most well known Zonda was possibly the Zonda R, which the BC seems to take several ques from. Unlike the R, the BC should be road-legal, and is a little more accommodating than its track dwelling ancestor.
What’s new with the Huayra BC? To start, the BC in the name, which lends credit to the late Benny Caiola, an avid supercar connoisseur and the first person to take ownership of a Pagani car. If Benny was still here, I’m sure he’d be thrilled to see his name on a car with such mind blowing specifications, which include: The AMG-sourced 6.0L V12, which received an upgrade and now produces 789 horsepower and retains the 811 pound-feet of torque which the “base” Huayra produces. The V12 is mated to a new 7 speed automated manual gearbox, which, according to Pagani, results in enough weight savings over a dual-clutch to that a DCT’s quicker shift times are ultimately pointless.
The new suspension utilizes something Pagani calls HiForg, a “lightweight aeronautic aluminium alloy” which they note is roughly 25% lighter than the suspension in the vanilla Huayra. I also want to point out that Pagani claims this new suspension is the lightest and most effective system ever used in a street legal performance vehicle. Brembo provides 15 inch carbon-ceramic rotors, with 6 piston calipers in the front and 4 in the rear. The brakes and suspension work in unison with a set of Pirelli shoes, measuring 255/30ZR20 in the front and a massive 355/25ZR21 on the rear wheels, which come in either a P Zero Corsa or P Zero Trofeo R flavor. The weight savings even shows up in the tires, with a special compound that results in these tires weighing 3% less.
If you’re seeing a recurring theme here, it’s because one of the biggest goals set for the BC was saving weight. All told, the Huayra BC comes in roughly 300 lbs. less than the regular model, tipping the scales around 2685 pounds. If almost 800 horsepower in a car that light sounds scary to you, well, it probably is, but besides having those monstrous tires underneath it, the Huayra BC employs a three mode electronic stability control system, with Comfort, Sport, and Track settings.
Another layer of traction shows up in the form of aerodynamic grip. At first glance the BC probably looks like a Huayra with an assortment of splitters and heat extractors and a spoiler tacked on, but Pagani claims that the only body panel the BC shares with the Huayra is the roof. The magic flappy panel things get to stay, and coupled with the extremeness of the other aero bits, they seem almost normal in comparison. The exposed carbon fiber bodywork, and grocery list of companies who contributed to the car’s development running down the side really add to the whole racecar personality Pagani has developed.
The interior is just as ostentatious as the exterior. The inside of the car almost reminds me of a steampunk like design, if the brass were replaced with carbon fiber and suede. The gear selector, with its exposed moving bits, looks like a work of art, and every stitch, knob, and button looks deliberately placed to be as eye-catching as possible. My favorite feature would have to be the fire extinguisher mounted in front of the passenger seat, it’s the cherry on the top of the road legal racecar cake, and even that looks to be designed with the same retro-futuristic theme you can see in the rest of the car.
If you want to replace your boring, Toyota Camry-esq, old Huayra, you better act fast because this one is going to be limited to 20 copies. You might need to sell your 918 Spyder too if you want to break even as they’re going to be asking for two and half million American dollars for the right to park this hypercar in your driveway.