Say hello to Pagani’s angriest Huayra yet.
The Pagani Huayra V12-R ditches the turbochargers in favour of a 6.0-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine with 625kW of power and 750Nm of torque, along with a stratospheric 9000rpm redline.
Just 30 are being built, priced from $3.97 million before taxes in Europe.
There’s a clear link between the Huayra R and its older brother, the Zonda R. Like the Zonda R, it’s powered by a free-breathing V12 engine that revs to the moon.
Like the Zonda R, it’s finished in bare carbon fibre. And like the Zonda R, it’s only for the track.
Despite its massive outputs, the engine in the Huayra V12-R tips the scales at just 198kg. It’s bolted directly to the monocoque, making it a structural part of the car like the engine in a Ferrari F50.
It breathes through an exhaust system that’s just a third the thickness of a conventional setup, tuned to be seriously loud. Pagani says mufflers can be fitted, but even they only drop the volume to an FIA-mandated limit of 110dB.
Pagani says the V12 only needs maintenance every 10,000km – impressive for such a high-performance engine.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox which itself tips the scales at just 80kg.
It’s also a part of the monocoque, and offers more than just a passing nod to motorsport given with its four-plate clutch and non-synchronised ‘dog’ gears.
The powertrain is part of a chassis made from Pagani’s latest lightweight materials, including a blend of carbon fibre and titanium called Carbo-Titanium HP62-G2.
Thanks to a new rear subframe and the integration of the powertrain, the V12-R is 51 per cent stiffer when it comes to flexural rigidity and 16 per cent stiffer in torsional rigidity compared to the road car.
Dry weight for the Huayra V12-R is just 1050kg, seriously impressive for such a large and powerful car.
Pressing the Pagani into the road is a complex aerodynamics package capable of developing 1000kg of downforce at 320km/h.
Combined with an independent double wishbone suspension made of forged aluminium alloy, along with a set of Pirelli P Zero slick tyres, the aerodynamics package should make the V12-R seriously sticky.
Braking comes courtesy of Brembo carbon ceramic discs and racing pads, and the one-piece 19-inch wheels are made of aluminium.
Inside, the artistry of the road-going Huayra has been subbed for a motorsport-style simplicity.
The driver is faced with a race-ready digital readout, and the centre console houses switches for the light, engine, suspension, and brake bias.
Pagani has teamed up with AP Racing to develop a movable pedal box in search of “the principles of lightness and style that are at the essence of this car”.
Owners will, of course, be able to heavily experience their cars through the new Arte in Pista program, which will host events across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.