The Latest Wonder from Italian Supercar and Carbon Fibre Manufacturer Pagani.
The Huayra BC is the most technologically advanced Huayra Coupé yet, introducing innovative technical solutions which will be applied in the Pagani cars of the future.
The name “BC” represents the initials of the late Benny Caiola, a larger than life real estate developer and founder of B&L Management who greatly inspired Horacio Pagani over the years. Benny, famous for owning one of the world’s most extensive Ferrari collections, was so impressed by the passion and technology of the cars Horacio was designing from the very beginning, he made history as the first customer to buy a Pagani Automobile.
Conceived primarily as road going car that will give the maximum exhilaration and performance during track days and special events, the Huayra BC has been inspired by its “track focused” predecessors: the Pagani Zonda R and the Zonda Cinque. In recent years Pagaini has presented with elements and components that have delivered a new direction for the supercar, introducing hybrid propulsion, a combination of combustion engine and electric motor.
Pagani Automobili decided to focus efforts on technological areas of development that aim to create the lightest, globally homologated, Hypercar, and to develop chassis and suspension systems that are derived from motorsport to deliver a dynamic and secure car, fast and fun, that retains the comfort typical of a Pagani. Also critical for Pagani is to develop a completely new AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) paying particular attention to both the performance and comfort, without compromising the weight and balance of the car.
PL&A SPOKE TO PAGANI’S LUCA VENTURI, GLOBAL PR AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Your new model, the Huayra BC, is a stunner. What are your commercial expectations for this model?
The Pagani Huayra BC is going to be made in 20+5 units but all of them are sold already.
How international are you in terms of representation and clients? Is international development a priority for Pagani?
We currently have 25 dealers worldwide, from Japan to California and our cars are homologated for all countries. At the moment our most important markets are California and the US.
Many call you a „boutique“ or bespoke automobile manufacturer. Would you agree?
We do, as our annual output is at the moment around 40 cars, all on demand and handmade. Thus, it’s an exclusive, tailor-made production.
A main observation in your communication materials is that the Huayra BC and your other models speak to „passion“ in driving. Talk to us about the concept of passion at Pagani. How do you perceive, process and promote passion?
Passion is what drives us to do what we do, it’s the necessary fuel to create perfectly useless objects like supercars, but capable of causing strong emotions. Just like a tailor-made suit, each car is a very personal object of desire, a symphony of sounds, sights, sensations; it’s vital for us to share this passion with our customers.
Does Pagani work with incubation laboratories or engineering test centers outside the company, or do you bring all these new directions inhouse?
Of course we have a few engineering test centers among our precious collaborators, but our design studio is in charge of designing every single component of our cars, so basically it’s all created in house.
Do you think being an Italian car manufacturer is an asset?
It certainly is. First of all for the tradition and the history of car manufacturing connected to this place, thus for the heritage. Then for the know-how and the technological knowledge we have inherited from those that came before us. But most of all it‘s the people that matter, people that live and work here who are skilled craftsmen, accustomed to reach certain level of perfection.
MEET THE CAR
The Huayra BC is powered by a V12 Bi-Turbo engine developed by Mercedes AMG exclusively for Pagani. The engine unleashes more than 750 horsepower, and is approved CARB and EU6.
The sports exhaust includes a low back pressure muffer, careful acoustic design in geometries and materials such as titanium. The Huayra BC features a 7-speed AMT developed from scratch and represents a new benchmark in this transmission technology.
The gearbox, developed and manufactured by Xtrac, features a new electro-hydraulic actuation system and new carbon bre synchronizers, and its clutch control program has also been heavily revised, allowing greater accuracy.
The weight of the gearbox, including the electronic differential, is approximately 40% lower compared to that of a dual clutch transmission of the present generation. The transverse layout contributes towards the compact packaging and focuses the mass towards the vehicles’ centre of gravity.
To complete enhancements to the transmission package, there are all new tripod axle drive shafts, derived from the world of Le Mans racing. The specially developed, bespoke suspension system of the Huayra BC, is the lightest and most effective ever applied to a road going hi-performance vehicle. The components are forged from HiForg, a lightweight aeronautic aluminium alloy of exceptionally high strength. It boasts a weight savings of 25% compared to the suspension of the Huayra Coupe and fully redesigned uprights.
Brembo, a long standing partner of Pagani Automobili, have developed a dedicated CCM (carbon-ceramic) braking system, and the stiffer callipers are made with a new proprietary manufacturing technology.
Like all Pagani models, the Huayra BC will be exclusively equipped with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, guaranteeing the new hypercar from Modena high levels of safety in all usage conditions. Pirelli’s engineers have created a bespoke product for the Huayra BC that uses new polymers of high molecular weight, improving grip. A new structure has reduced the weight of the tyre by around 3%.
The Bosch ESP system has been specially calibrated to make the most of the newly developed components and in addition to the familiar driving modes of “Comfort” and “Sport”, a third mode has been added for track use, suitably called “Track”.
The modern generation of traction control systems, allow you to optimi- ze performance, and maximize the available traction, assisting even the most experienced drivers, without hindering the driver involvement or enjoyment.
Even the internal aerodynamics were treated with equal attention, in order to extract the maximum available performance. The air speed has been increased in across all ducts and inlets, ensuring not only the effective cooling of the mechanical components, but critically the evacuation of the air.
The interior of the Huayra BC was designed with appealing traditional Pagani aesthetics and built with a racing emphasis and weight saving in mind. An electric parking brake replaces the previous mechanical one, saving on some additional weight. The steering wheel is covered in suede leather for optimum grip.