If there is one thing that Pagani Automobili and Fiat have in common, it is the fact that they are Italian companies that build and assemble vehicles. There is currently no connection between the two companies or the two Italian brands. However, a one-off sports car project is serving as a bridge between Pagani and Fiat, at least visually.
Here is the new Pagani Huayra Lampo, a one-off creation that was born from the collaboration between Pagani and Garage Italia Customs. No, the Pagani Huayra Lampo didn’t come into existence as a project between Pagani and Fiat. However, the new Huayra Lampo wraps itself in a retro theme heavily inspired by a Fiat of the 1950s. This Fiat vehicle -- the 1954 Fiat Turbina -- was very well known despite never coming out of production and remaining as a concept car.
Fiat introduced the Turbina in 1954 as an engineering concept that makes use of a gas turbine for propulsion power. The Turbina was known for employing a mid-mounted powerplant with three different turbines: two serving as compressors for the third turbine, which propels the wheels. This engine delivers 300 hp (220 kW) of max output, enough to allow the Fiat Turbina to reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Furthermore, the Fiat Turbina has a very low coefficient of drag value of 0.14 Cd, a record it held for 30 years. But Fiat had to discontinue the Turbina because it consumed too much fuel and had issues with overheating. The 1954 Fiat Turbina, however, continues to exist to this day, living in retirement at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Turin, Italy.
One of the main visual features of the Fiat Turbina is its exterior paint scheme in red and white. The red bulging stripes flow from its nose through its hood and are then broken by the windshield. The red stripes continue on the roof and are again broken by the rear window, before emerging on the rear deck and flowing to the exhaust. The red fire-like finish is also found on the sides. Just above the rear fender are the colors of the Italian flag as well as the large Fiat lettering.
Now, this red-and-white exterior scheme has been adapted by the Huayra Lampo. The red stripe follows the same path and the colors of the Italian flag remain. The Fiat letterings are gone but a lightning-like symbol now sits beside the flag colors. The lightning symbol could be in reference to the moniker of this one-off Huayra, as Lampo means lightning in Italian. This symbol could also be found on other parts of the body. In addition, Fiat’s original gold employed in the Turbina sign adorns parts of aluminum body and on the wheels.
Beneath the exterior, the Huayra Lampo is more potent than a typical Huayra, thanks to the Tempesta package that includes larger front openings, new aerodynamic elements on the front splitter and sills. It also employs carbon fiber in its chassis. Of course, the Huayra Lampo isn't powered by gas turbine but a twin-turbo, V12 engine that delivers 720 hp (539 kW) of peak output and 738 lb.-ft. (1,000 Nm) of max torque.