There are cars designed for the city, for off-roading or for many other types of use, including the track. Those who can afford a multi-million euro hypercar often belong to exclusive clubs, and Pagani's Arte in Pista programme is one of them. The programme has now been extended to include a new open-top model: the Huayra R Evo.
Before telling you about it, we'd like to quote Horacio Pagani, founder and chief designer of Pagani Automobili:
"We are delighted to share with you the Huayra R Evo, which pushes the boundaries of performance and emotion even further. Let's start by opening the roof and continue..."
In the early days of motor racing, there was no such thing as a roof. Drivers were exposed to the elements as they tried to win a race. That's where the inspiration for the design of the Huayra R Evo came from, remembering the past while observing the present. Horacio Pagani himself says that the idea was born during an IndyCar race in Nashville.
Pagani Huayra R Evo
Looking at the single-seaters equipped with Aeroscreen, he thought of "creating a car with enveloping polycarbonate surfaces and with the possibility of removing the two awnings to feel even more the charm of the air and the sound of the naturally-aspirated V12". The result, after two years of intense work with partners Pirelli and Brembo, is an evolution of the Huayra R with a hint of 1960s and 1970s glamour.
The heart: 900bhp V12-R Evo
The new hypercar is equipped with the latest technology from the world of racing. It is powered by a V12-R Evo developing 900 PS (662 kW) at 8,750 rpm and maximum torque of 770 Nm, available from 5,800 to 8,200 rpm. The Huayra R Evo is designed to offer maximum performance on the racetrack up to the red line of 9,200 rpm.
The engine of the Pagani Huayra R Evo
For HWA AG and Pagani's engineers, this objective has been achieved through an increase in power and other key components, such as the intake manifold with a new trumpet design and new camshafts to optimise the delicate intake process.
The six-speed sequential gearbox has been designed in collaboration with HWA AG and is dedicated to the track version of the Huayra family. Operated by a sintered-metal 3-disc racing clutch, the front-mounted gearbox guarantees 95% friction efficiency, offering maximum precision in gear insertion, extremely short shift times and a total weight of just 80 kg.