25 March 2021
Pagani Automobili has officially revealed its 2021 Huayra R. A track-focussed hypercar that combines refined automotive engineering and aerodynamic know-how with a sharp, contemporary aesthetic.
At the heart of this new model is the heritage and symbolism that orbits Pagani. A focus that begins with the Le Mans and World Sports-Prototype Championship cars of the 1960s and 1970s, and moves into the company’s recent 10-plus year pursuit for what’s beyond the boundary – a direction evident in the Huayra R’s spiritual predecessor, the 2009 Zonda R.
This celebration of performance, technology and art is witnessed in Huayra R’s engine, the new Pagani V12-R: A 12-cylinder, 6-litre, naturally aspirated racing engine, designed from the ground up in partnership with HWA, with service cycles only required for every 10,000-kilometres.
This modern engineering is also seen in the monocoque’s powertrain. A new development for Pagani Automobili that delivers 850-horsepower. The 200-bar direct injection system adds to this, optimising performance by ensuring maximum efficiency in regard to both thermodynamics and autonomy.
Specifically designed to be aerodynamic, every line and surface of the Huayra R has been purposefully crafted to generate maximum aerodynamic load with an initial development target of 1000-kilograms of downforce at 320-kilometres per hour.
But the design simultaneously prioritises another key value: Safety.
Manufactured using the latest composite technologies such as Carbo-Titanium HP62-G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62, the monocoque features specific shock-absorption side structures and roll bar. The heavy-duty safety cage, , made from composite materials and integrated into the central monocoque, incorporates special absorption in front, sides and rear of the car. Choices that absorb kinetic energy in the event of impact or rollover.
Inside, the extinguishing system is activated automatically in any event of fire while the seats, which are fully integrated into the carbon monocoque, are equipped with six-point safety belts and covered in Nomex flame retardant material.
Simultaneously safe and user-friendly, the interior of this hypercar deliver an unfiltered driving experience. All essential controls, including traction control and ABS map selection, are immediately available on quick release with the height and length adjustable steering wheel.
Secondary controls such as lights, engine maps, suspension maps and brake balance selector are available on the centre console. A high resolution, fully customisable, motorsport dashboard display feeds the driver with the necessary information on the status of the vehicle.
“Today’s racing cars are focused exclusively on aerodynamics and are largely the product of the wind tunnel,” said Pagani Automobili founder, Horacio Pagani.
“In the 60s and 70s, however, the cars were very fast, certainly dangerous, but beautiful. Prototype sports cars like the Ferrari P4 or the Ford GT40, or the Le Mans cars, had extremely attractive lines, which are still a huge source of inspiration for our cars today.”
Remaining in line with the focus of tangible owner experiences, as has been the case for over 16-years, Pagani Automobili has launched the Arte In Pista, or Art on the Track. A new addition that offers individual track days at internationally renowned circuits and tailor made group events throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
“It is beautiful, elegant and timeless,” adds Pagani. “From this desire for freedom, and from the experience of the Zonda R and the cars of the past, came the idea of the Huayra R, like a breath of fresh air.”
Only 30 models of the 2021 Huayra R will be built. The price is currently set at $4 million AUD.