It is hard to imagine a car being more special than the Pagani Huayra. A mobile treasure-trove of steampunk supercar details, the Huayra is being built in a limited run of just 100 cars – the last of which is about to roll out of the new Pagani factory in Modena – and features a handmade, 730-hp AMG engine and some of the most exquisite carbon-fibre work you’re ever likely to see. Yet, as it did with the Zonda, Pagani has managed to improve on the Huayra with the Huayra BC – a car named after one of the company’s first customers and investors, Benny Caiola. If you thought the Huayra was special…
2. It has 800 hp.
The twin-turbo AMG V12, built by just one of two master technicians in Affalterbach, Germany, has been tweaked even further, to deliver shattering performance. As if 730 hp wasn’t enough, new turbos, new electronics, and a raft of new internal pieces has boosted power to almost 800 hp, with a similar number of lb-ft of torque. Combined with its flyweight chassis, the straight-line speed is, unsurprisingly, devastating: even when you’re not into the boost, the BC leaps forward with a twitch of its exquisite throttle pedal, and when the turbos are spooling, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of road ahead of you, as it seemingly compresses space and time, no matter what the gear and what the speed.
3. It’s a festival of material science.
One secret to the BC’s weight-loss regime is Pagani’s obsession with continually refining its carbon-fibre technology. Horacio Pagani, after all, is a carbon specialist, having previously run Lamborghini’s composites department before staring his own company. The BC’s central crash structure now incorporates a new, tougher material called carbo-tanium, which has titanium fibres woven into the carbon, making it exponentially stronger; that extra strength means that less thickness is needed, reducing weight. Other clever features include a full titanium exhaust, lightened interior materials, and more.
4. It has a completely new gearbox.
The programming of the standard Huayra’s sequential manual gearbox was one of its pleasant surprises; it behaved happily in traffic while delivering that visceral kick in the pants when you were driving aggressively. The BC has a new gearbox by XTrac, a race-car specialist, that shifts even faster, more precisely, and more emotionally. Control it with the exquisite, spindly shift lever or with the paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
5. It sounds even more insane than before.
Appropriately, driving a Huayra, named for a legendary Argentinian wind, felt like you were in the eye of a hurricane – the tenor of the butter-smooth V12 dominated by sucking, blowing, and whooshing noises from the two turbos. With everything cranked up to 11, the BC is even more intense, and has a vaguely spacecraft-like feel once the whining from the gearbox and the wind rushing by is overlaid.
6. The aerodynamics.
In addition to the four actively-controlled aerodynamic devices from the regular Huayra – you can see them tweaking themselves in a corner to keep you flat, and flip up in unison when you stomp on the brakes to force the car into the ground – the BC also features a couple of new, fixed devices. The big wing out back is the most noticeable, but there are also canards either side of the nose, as well as tuning vanes built into the front of the doors and additional intakes built into the sills. Vents have been cut into the top of the front fenders as well. The combined visual effect is to make it look like a race-car version of the Huayra, though it is still comfortable on the streets.
7. The suspension has been upgraded.
To cope with the extra power and speed, the Huayra’s suspension has been revised; it feels noticeably stiffer on the road, though the ride quality still remains tolerable. New 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels have beautiful detailing, with the “Pagani” and “Huayra BC” logos etched into their rims, and are fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, an upgrade from the standard P Zeros of the regular car. They wrap over a set of larger brakes, with six-piston front calipers.
8. The black detailing is really cool, and suits the serious nature of the car.
Everything that was a brushed-aluminum finish on the standard Huayra gets a PVD-inspired black coating on the BC, from all of the interior brightwork to the gas cap, oil filler cap, and other bits and pieces. Even the key gets PVD coated, and inscribed with the BC logo. As usual, Pagani’s attention to detail is stunning: every bolt is engraved with the company’s logo, at enormous cost. The only stand-out bit is the drive mode selector on the steering wheel, which has a knurled tab and is anodized in caution-me red.
9. It’s about to do a Nurburgring lap-record attempt.
The combination of all of these elements and more – single-piece racing buckets with no height adjustment; fractionally lower ride height; improved electronics – make the Huayra BC a monster track car, and the very car that we drove will be heading to the Nurburgring later this year to set a benchmark lap time. The company is confident that, given the right conditions, it should be able to equal or beat the Porsche 918’s 6:57 time; we can’t wait to see!
10. You already can’t have one, but you can have many of its upgrades.
Like most of the Pagani limited editions of the past, every Huyara BC is already sold; built in a run of just 20 cars, it was offered only to existing Pagani owners, who were all too happy to snap up every copy. But the upgraded suspension and larger (but different-design) wheels are available as part of a “Tempesta” package that can be retrofitted to existing Huayras; the package also comes with a revised underfloor diffuser and other aerodynamic upgrades, if not the big wing. Furthermore, the carbo-tanium and upgraded engine are rumoured to feature in an upcoming roadster version of the Huayra, which will likely be seen before the end of the year.
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