Pagani Huayra introduced to the U.S. market

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 6, 2011

Pagani Automobili S.p.A. has officially presented its latest product, the Huayra, to the U.S. market. The Italian supercar manufacturer said that it hopes for this creation to make history on several continents. The company said that with the arrival of the Huayra, U.S. customers will get the opportunity to acquire a Pagani automobili for the first time and this will boost Pagani’s chances to become a “major player in the world’s largest automotive market.”

Francesco Zappacosta, Managing Director of Pagani, said that the company is “honored” that the Art Center College of Design has teamed up with it for such an event. The first Huayra, which has a price tag of about $1.4 million, will arrive in the U.S. near the start of 2012.

The standard version is powered by a 700hp 6.0-liter Mercedes-AMG M158 V12 twin-Turbo engine. During the tests, it was determined that the vehicle has a top speed of 230 mph. It had also been able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in only 3.3 seconds.

The supercar features a new carbon-titanium monocoque frame while the body parts are built from carbon-fiber. The car uses lightweight materials all around it, resulting to the Huayra that weighs 1,350 kg (2,976 pounds). The Huayra will be seen next in Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival 2011 and Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Both are scheduled to take place on the week that leads to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The design of the new Pagani Huayra is shaped according to the element of air. The strength of the wind allowed Pagani to create the elegant yet muscular Huayra that effectively fuses the past, present and future. It took Pagani over five years to finally perfect the styling of the new Huayra.

During this time, Pagani was able to create eight scale models and two 1:1 models, each new model considered an evolution of the previous – a tale that soundly tells of the carmaker’s pursuit to perfect the form and refine the substance.

The new Pagani Huayra inherits the elliptical shaped bi-xenon headlamps from the Zonda R, featuring daytime running lights powered by LED technology. Meanwhile, the rear bumper of the new Huayra is now integrated with the diffuser and is dominated by an elliptical frame surrounding the four central exhaust outlets. On the other hand, the new Pagani Huayra features a newly designed central monocoque made from carbon-titanium.

Since the car’s gull wing doors cut deep into the roof, Pagani concentrated its research on how to make the Huayra as rigid as possible by using new advanced composite materials and technologies first employed on the Zonda R.

The placement of the fuel tank in the monocoque -- in the best protected area just behind the driver -- as reinforced by a safety cell made from a variety of composite and ballistic materials is intended to prevent leaks and explosions in case of impact.

Moreover, the front and rear CrMo subframes feature a remarkable rigidity-to-weight ratio, thereby enabling its suspensions work optimally. These subframes incorporate an advanced energy absorbing crash structure that ensures passenger protection during an impact.

To further keep the weight of the new Pagani Huayra as light as possible, the carmaker rendered additional parts and ducts unnecessary by integrating all ventilation air ducts into the monocoque's structure. Overall, the Pagani Huayra weighs around 1,350 kg, which makes it the lightest sports car in its class.

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