Pagani Huayra

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Pagani Huayra
Pagani Huayra.jpg
Manufacturer Pagani Automobili S.p.A.
Production 2012–present
Assembly Modena, Italy
Designer Horacio Pagani
Body and chassis
Class Hypercar (supercar)
Body style 2-door berlinetta
2-door roadster (2016)
Layout Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Doors Gull-wing doors
Engine 5980 cc Mercedes-AMG bi-turbo M158 V12
Transmission 7-speed sequential
Wheelbase 2,795 mm (110.0 in)
Length 4,605 mm (181.3 in)
Width 2,036 mm (80.2 in)
Height 1,169 mm (46.0 in)
Curb weight 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) (dry)
Predecessor Pagani Zonda

The Pagani Huayra (Italian pronunciation: [ˈwai̯ra]) is an Italian mid-engined sports car produced by Pagani. Succeeding the company's previous offering, the Zonda, it costs €1,198,000 ($1,314,000), (£910,905). It is named after Huayra-tata, a Quechua wind god.[1][2] The Huayra was named "The Hypercar of the Year 2012" by Top Gear magazine and received a very positive review when tested by Richard Hammond on Top Gear. The Huayra is currently the fastest road car to go around the Top Gear Test Track, setting a time of 1:13.8, beating the previous record of 1:15.1 set by the Ariel Atom V8 in January 2011.

On February 11, 2015 reported that the Pagani Huayra has been sold out. The Huayra was limited to just 100 units as part of Pagani's agreement with engine supplier Mercedes-AMG.[3]


The Huayra uses a twin-turbo, V12 engine developed by Mercedes-AMG specially for the Huayra. The Huayra's 6.0-litre engine, the M158, produces 730 metric horsepower (720 bhp (539 kW)) and 811 lb·ft (1,100 N·m) of torque. Its top speed is about 238 mph (383 km/h) [4] and it has a rating 0–62 miles per hour (0–100 km/h) acceleration time of 3.0 seconds. Using Pirelli tires, the Pagani Huayra is capable of withstanding 1.66 g of lateral acceleration at speeds of up to 230 mph (370 km/h).[2][5]

The Pagani Huayra uses a seven-speed sequential gearbox and a single disc clutch.[2] The choice not to use a dual-clutch in an oil bath was due to the increase in weight of over 70 kg (154 lb), thus negating any advantage of the faster gear changes in a double-clutch transmission.[2] As a result, the entire transmission weighs 96 kg (212 lb).[2]

The car is equipped with Brembo brake calipers, rotors and pads. The calipers have four pistons in front and four in the rear. The rotors are drilled carbon ceramic, 380 mm (15.0 in) in diameter and 34 mm (1.3 in) thick.[6]


Pagani Huayra at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Mercedes-Benz's AMG division provides the engine of the Huayra which is hand-built. The 5,980 cc, twin-turbo, 60° AMG M158 V12, has been designed at the request of Pagani to reduce turbo lag and improve response, realized with smaller turbos, a different intercooler configuration and re-programmed ECU settings.

Like many high-performance cars, 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 mounting the engine lower, lowering the car's center of gravity and improving handling. The fuel consumption of the Huayra is 10 mpg (23 l/100 km) in city and 14 mpg (17 l/100 km) in highway (EPA testing).

A water / oil heat exchanger reduces engine warm-up times on cold days and helps maintain a stable temperature for refrigerants and lubricants.

To minimize the use of pipes and fittings (and the overall weight of the vehicle), the expansion tank is mounted directly on the engine. Intercooler fins act as an expansion tank circuit at low temperatures.

The titanium exhaust system was designed and built by MHG-Fahrzeugtechnik.[5] Hydroformed joints were developed to reduce back pressure and ensure a free flow exhaust. Titanium reduces the weight of the exhaust system while the Inconel silencers improve reliability in the most exposed parts of the exhaust at high temperatures. The entire system weighs less than 10 kg (22 lb).


Pagani Huayra at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Pagani Huayra is different from its predecessor in that it incorporates active aerodynamics.[2] 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.[2] The behavior of the flaps is 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.[7] This is intended to achieve minimal drag coefficient or maximum downforce depending on the situation.[2] The Huayra's designer Horacio Pagani states that it has a variable drag coefficient of between .31 to .37.[8] 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 whole car stable, for instance when entering a corner.[7] 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 create a low pressure zone, resulting in downforce.

Official debut[edit]

The Pagani Huayra was officially debuted online with many pictures in a press release on January 25, 2011.[2][9][10] The official world debut was at the Geneva Auto Salon 2011 in March.[11]

EA secured the exclusive video game rights to the Pagani Huayra in 2011, available exclusively in Need for Speed titles in 2011, Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed: The Run.[12] This license expired on 31 December 2011. In 2012 it appeared in Need For Speed: Most Wanted at second place on the Most Wanted List. The Huayra also appears in Need for Speed Rivals as a racer vehicle. The Pagani Huayra also appears in the Jalopnik January DLC Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 4 along with other cars like the Ford Pinto, the Alfa Romeo Montreal and seven others. While all other cars in the pack can be purchased individually the Pagani Huayra can only be obtained by purchasing the whole pack. The Pagani Huayra was also featured in Asphalt 7: Heat, Asphalt 8: Airborne and in Forza Horizon Limited Edition, as well as CSR Racing, Assetto Corsa and Project CARS. The Pagani Huayra is also featured in Real Racing 3, Grid 2 and Grid Autosport. The Huayra is also playable in the Xbox One racing game Forza Motorsport 5, the PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6 and the PlayStation 4 racing games Driveclub and "The Crew". A fictionalized version, branded the Pegassi Osiris, is included in the Ill Gotten Gains: Part 1 DLC update of Grand Theft Auto Online which was released on June 10, 2015.

The vehicle is used as an alternate mode for the Decepticon Stinger in Transformers: Age of Extinction film.[13]

Special Editions[edit]

Pagani has made several special editions Huayras.

La Monza Lisa[edit]

The first special edition Huayra is called "La Monza Lisa"[14] and is owned by Kris Singh. It features tricolore racing stripes and side stripes inspired by the Zonda Revolucion, and a bright red interior with white stitching inspired by a Zonda F Roadster. At the customer's request, Pagani also reengineered the firewall behind the occupants to be finished in a mixture of matte and gloss fully exposed carbon fiber, for visual effect as well as to pass more engine vibration through to the carbon fiber seat backs, per the customer's request.[15] The owner also owns a 1/3 Lamborghini Veneno.

730 S[edit]

Pagani Huayra 730S

Pagani's second special edition Huayra is called "730S" and was ordered by Mexican car collector Alejandro Salomon.[16]

The King[edit]

A one-off Huayra, dubbed "The King 1 of 1 of 1", was delivered to Roger Beit in Connecticut, USA in May 2015.[17]

Huayra BC[edit]

An even more extreme version called the Huayra BC model is expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. Very little is known about the special edition, except that it will be even more rare than the regular Huayra, and of course more expensive.

Reportedly only 20 units of the Huayra BC will be produced, each demanding $2.7 million.[18]

Pagani Huayra Roadster[edit]

On February 11, 2015 Pagani confirmed to GTspirit that a roadster version will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016.[3] The Pagani Huayra Roadster will run on a 6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 Mercedes-Benz AMG engine.[19]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Pagani Huayra makes its official web debut". Autoblog. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-01-25. . See especially "Press Release".
  3. ^ a b "Pagani Huayra Sold Out! Roadster Coming in 2016". 
  4. ^ "Pagani , redefines awesome". CNET UK. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  5. ^ a b Neil, Dan (August 11, 2012). "Pagani Huayra: If Da Vinci Made a Sports Car". The Wall Street Journal. p. D11. 
  6. ^ "HUAYRA - Brembo Brakes". Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  7. ^ a b "Pagani Huayra images and press release". 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Horacio Pagani's Huayra interview with Jay Leno". 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  9. ^ "Pagani Huayra 2011 Pictures and Press Release". DieselStation. 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  10. ^ "Pagani Huayra arrives this year". CoverCars. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  11. ^ "Future Pagani caught testing in videos – AutoWeek Magazine". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  12. ^ "Pagani Huayra exclusive to Need for Speed | PC News". New Game Network. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  13. ^ Dave McNary. "Michael Bay Unveils Pagani Huayra for 'Transformers 4'". Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  14. ^ "Pagani Huayra La Monza Lisa". 21 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Kris Singh's Pagani Huayra La Monza Lisa Delivered". 
  16. ^ "Mexican Collector Orders Custom Pagani Huayra 730 S Edition". 
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  18. ^ "Pagani teases its hardcore Huayra BC supercar, a $2.7 million symbol of opulence". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  19. ^ "Pagani Huayra Roadster Slated To Debut Early 2016 At Geneva Motor Show". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 

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