Jun 1, 2011

Pagani Huayra – Can it Fill the Zonda’s Shoes?

Pagani Huayra

12 years ago Pagani introduced it’s first supercar, the Zonda. A car that wasn’t aesthetically pleasing to the eye as say, the Ferrari 458 Italia, but was so unique and new that it gained attention from car enthusiasts everywhere. Not only was the car unique looking, it sounded beautiful and ran like a bat out of hell. Unfortunately, Pagani will no longer be producing the Zonda. However, judging by the spec sheet of its replacement, it appears to be up to the task of doing more than just replacing the Zonda. Let’s first hope a Huayra (pronounced waI-rah) doesn’t end up like this Zonda.

Let’s look at the new Pagani Huayra and see how it matches up with the other “hypercars”.

First, here is a video of Pagani’s most recent testing at Adria International Raceway. Here you can see the engine, hear it bellow, and watch as the Huayra carves through some turns.

While the car sounds great, it does not seem to match up to the sweet purr of the Zonda. The sound that comes from the Huayra reminds me of the distinct sound that Ducati is known for. Also, you can hear the turbochargers squealing, which is new for Pagani, being that the Zonda was naturally aspirated.


So for those of us who are too impatient, I will give you the numbers. The Pagani Huayra is powered by a twin turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine that outputs 700 horsepower and 730 lb-ft of torque. Which is impressive considering the Huayra barely tips the scales at 2700 lbs. All the power is sent to the rear wheels and does this through a 7 speed X-trac sequential transmission.

As per their partnership, the Huayra’s power plant is created by AMG, and boy does it look gorgeous under the hood. This model specially built for Pagani, boast big power but also reduces carbon emissions by at least half (hey they have to make up for the thousands of gallons that engine is going to chug).

Pagani is claiming that the Huayra will do 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds and eventually reach speeds greater than 220 mph. But, this car was not meant to be driven in a straight line, the Huayra will shine once it’s able to snake its way through the twist and turns. The two radiators positioned laterally to the anterior face is intended to improve the efficiency of the intercoolers at the top of the cylinders. This cooling circuit at low temperature was designed to operate at temperatures exceeding 50 °C (122 °F). The Huayra uses dry sump lubrication. This has several key benefits including guaranteeing oil flow even when the car is subjected to extreme lateral acceleration, preventing “oil surge” – which allows the engine to operate more efficiently, while the lack of an oil pan allows the engine to be mounted lower. Thus, reducing the car’s center of gravity and improving handling.


At first glance the Huayra brings about many thoughts. Head on, the front-lower air ducts make the Huayra look a bit like a happy shark. After you get past that you can begin to appreciate the styling and the new sleek design. The Huayra will feature gullwing doors, high mounted exhaust, no rear wing, and a carbon-titanium monocoque construction. Advanced composite materials that are used on the Huayra were first used on the Zonda R.

The Pagani Huayra is different than its predecessor in that it incorporates active aerodynamics. It is capable of changing the height of the front from the ground, and independently operating four flaps placed at the rear and front of the car. The behavior of the flaps are managed by a dedicated control unit that is fed information from systems such as the ABS and ECU, which pass on information about the car’s speed, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, steering angle and throttle position. This is intended to achieve minimal drag coefficient or maximal downforce depending on the situation.The system also prevents excess body roll in the corners by raising the “inside” flaps (i.e. the left ones in a left-handed corner and vice-versa), increasing the downforce on that side of the car. The rear flaps also act as an airbrake. Under hard braking, both the front suspension and the two rear flaps are raised to counteract weight transfer to the front wheels and keep the entire car very stable, for instance when entering a corner. Air from the radiator is extracted through an arch in the bonnet at an angle that is designed not to affect the streamline around the body. The side air intakes behind the front wheels generate a negative pressure, resulting in downforce

With it’s interior full of more leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber than one would expect from a $1.3 Million dollar car, Pagani only has the production capacity to produce 20 of these babies a year so chances are, if you just decided you want one….then it’s probably too late.

We’ll keep you updated as more details are released.

Source: Pagani

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