Where there are superheroes, there are also supercars. Well, these things don’t really have special levitation powers (although we’re crossing our fingers that one will soon be made) or have laser beams shooting out of its exhaust but these things sure are more powerful than any other kind of car. Supercars are more than just the average sports cars flaunted on the streets of L.A.
This term is used for “unusual, high-end vehicles” and cars that fit any of the following categories: limited-edition specials from big names in the industry, standard-looking cars that have been modified to become powerful performance beasts; models from small manufacturers that are appealing to enthusiasts, and last but not the least, project vehicles (usually heavily tuned muscle cars and grand tourers with the latest “streetable” racing technology). So basically, supercars are high-performance mean machines that can be pitted against an aircraft and can most probably compete with Clark Kent.
There are various players in the quest for supercar supremacy. There are those that come from big names in the industry such as the “technological wonder child” Ferrari, the bad ass Lamborghini, and of course, the “sophisticated gentle man” Aston Martin; and then comes the new guy in the block – Pagani.
Practically a newbie compared to its century-old competitors, Pagani has already made waves on its own in the supercar scene. The evolutionary development that was the Zonda was what gave Pagani the recognition that it has right now. It has since then paved the way to various high-quality sports cars and one of those is its successor – the Pagani Huayra.
The Huayra is a mid-engined sports car produced by Pagani in 2012 and named after the Quechua wind god Huayra-tata. True to its name, the Huayra currently holds the fastest road car record by Top Gear with a lap time of only 1:13.8, beating the previous 1:15.1 record set by the Ariel Atom V8 (which was 1:15.1). The Huayra was produced in partnership with Mercedes-AMG and was limited to only 100 units. It is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with a seven-speed sequential manual transmission that can produce a maximum of 720 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. This Italian sports car can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and can reach a top speed of approximately 224 mph.
All 100 units of the Pagani Huayra have been sold out but fans are still clamouring for more. What better way to retain the Huayra’s notoriety than to produce a similar model but with a few iterations. The Italian automaker first introduced the Huayra BC, the Huayra’s successor, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It was one of the few cars that have garnered attention from fans and critiques alike who were present during the said event.
Pagani is still working together with Mercedes-AMG to develop a more powerful version of the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine but there hasn’t been any information on how much power this supercar will produce. According to rumours, it might pack somewhere between 750 to 789 horsepower, considerably more than the 720 hp Huayra.
Bosch has also been working with Pagani in developing driving safety and braking control systems for the legendary Zonda, the Huayra and now, the Huayra BC. The German multinational engineering and electronics company also makes the Huayra BC’s ABS system, traction control system, and the electronic stability control program – each of which has a unique configuration for each software.
What better way to test the all-new Huayra BC than to make it dance on the cold Arctic floor. Yes, you read that right. Bosch development engineer Jorge Jauregui and his team were sent to northern Sweden to test the Huayra BC in sub-zero temperature. Since the Huayra BC is a complex machine, it must undergo tests to make sure that it is capable of dealing with different road conditions. The best way to test its endurance is by making it dance along the Arctic Circle.
In a video uploaded on Pagani’s official YouTube page, we can see the Huayra BC gracefully dancing on the snow and ice covered road. It easily glides and skids on the Arctic ice as if running on the usual Italian country road. Seeing its performance on ice, it heightens our anticipation of the super Huayra successor. We’re all crossing our fingers that this becomes a phenomenal hit. As far as we’re seeing, Pagani, Bosch and Mercedes-AMG all deserve a pat on the back. Good job!