Pagani Huayra ready to make its debut in India

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 30, 2011

The Indian auto market has a lot to be excited about with European supercar maker Pagani’s plan to offer its products there. Just last week, Ferrari announced that it will make its official presence felt in India since there are already many of its vehicles there and due also to the popularity of its other goods. Competition from Aston Martin, Bugatti and Lamborghini is bound to make the segment even more interesting.

Rush Lane reports that Pagani will offer the 700 hp Huayra in India for about INR15 million (approximately $330,000). Pagani aims to sell 10 of these supercars annually. Dubbed as “god of the wind,” the Pagani Huayra debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and is one of the most awaited cars globally this year.

This car’s looks are far from typical and may even be considered unusual but there’s no arguing that it offers an outstanding performance. The Huayra is boldly styled and this is evident in its gullwing doors, slats, flares and sweeps.

It is powered by the AMG twin-turbo V12 engine and it delivers more than 700hp and about 740 lb-ft (1,003 Nm) of torque that is distributed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Its chassis uses carbonfiber extensively.

In terms of aerodynamics, that of the Pagani Huayra focuses on a wing, which has attributes that could be modified simply by tweaking the front ride height and by adjusting the four control flaps on each corner. By focusing on the aerodynamic means of the Huayri, Pagani was aiming to endow the car with a neutral vehicle behavior in any condition while controlling body roll. Huayra manages the behavior of the flaps through a dedicated control unit that receives vital information -- speed, steering angle, yaw rate, throttle position and lateral acceleration -- from the ABS and ECU.

This system could enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency in a number of driving conditions, specifically when a low drag coefficient is not a vital factor. For instance, the Huayra’s rear flaps and the front suspension are raised during braking to offset the weight transfer and balance the weight distribution between the car’s front and rear axles. This configuration improved the use of the rear brake force. During the design phase of the Huayra project, Pagani had sought to ensure clean airflow over the car’s body. While the shape of the two engine air intakes pays tribute to the supersonic aircraft of the late 1950s and 1960s, they allow the motor to breathe without any flow disruption. Meanwhile, Pagani located the intake for the gearbox radiator between the engine bay window and the carbon clamshell of the rear bonnet, resulting to an outstanding airflow to the radiator without increasing aerodynamic drag.

In this configuration, movable flaps replaced the rear wing. Of course, Pagani made a careful study of the airflow through the Huayra. This led the carmaker to angle the radiators for more downforce and to provide the best way to extract hot air from the vehicle. For instance, air coming from the central radiator is hauled out through the front wheelhouses by the vents on the front bonnet. Meanwhile, air coming from the side radiators is directed to ducts to cool the brake discs and wheel hubs. Blowing at a temperature of around 50 degrees Celsius, this air from the side radiators could warm the brakes up when cold, thereby helping improve the first bite.

On the other hand, a negative pressure is generated inside the wheelhouse by lateral air outlets behind the front wheels, helping extract air, lower drag coefficient and generate downforce on the front. In addition, the diffuser at the rear and the shape of the underbody result to two high negative pressure areas that could help improve the Huayra’s aerodynamic stability and ensure downforce is created in any situation. Inside, the cockpit of the new Pagani Huayra could be considered as driver-centric. This is because every control and every button is accessible within the driver’s reach.

For instance, the controls for all vehicle primary functions are located on the steering wheel. Moreover, drivers don’t have to take their hands off the steering wheel just to shift gears – thanks to steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles. In addition, the seats inside the Huayra are designed to provide excellent comfort and outstanding lateral support.

Interestingly, the Pagani has been able to offer technological solutions that focus on a living being, instead of being too much digital. This is very evident in the several elements in the Huayra like the toggle switches and leather latches. This is also very much evident in the vehicle’s mechanical aluminum gearlever assembly as well as from the aluminum dashboard inspired by Swiss watches. This aluminum dashboard features a central Multi-Function Display that could display a trip computer during the Comfort mode, or performance-relevant information during a Sport mode. Amazingly, the Huayra’s aluminum center console -- machined from a solid aluminum block -- features clarinet-like mechanical switches that control the HVAC system.

The infotainment system inside the new Pagani Huayra comes in the form of a HD central touchscreen that allows drivers to control audio functions and secondary vehicle functions as well as access satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone.

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