Monday, June 25, 2012

2011 Pagani Huayra Feature

The Huayra is Pagani's second supercar following the successful Zonda. Similar in design, it uses a Mercedes-sourced V12 engine and takes advantage of Pagani's in-house carbon fiber expertise.

Pagani thoroughly revised their production process to tool up for the Huayra. It uses a different type of construction, involving extensive use of titanium througout the chassis and suspension. Pagani says that many of the techniques developed for the Zonda R track-day supercar were used in the Huayra's construction.

During the 1980s, Horacio Pagani was one of the first men in Italy to apply carbon-fibre on production cars and he has ever since continued to perfect the application of the material.

For the Huayra, a special titanium laced carbon-fibre was created, which was already used for the final Zondas. The advantage is that it adds additional strength to the carbon-fibre without a weight penalty. This 'carbo-titanium' is used for the all new Huayra monocoque.

Mounted amidships is a bespoke V12 engine developed by Mercedes-Benz' subsidiary AMG. Displacing just under six litres, it is fitted with two turbochargers, which boost the power to over 700 bhp. The torque generated is an even more impressive; in excess of 1000 Nm. This power is transferred to the rear wheels through a transversely mounted dual-clutch, sequential gearbox with seven forward ratios. Developed together with XTrac, the complete gearbox weighs just 96 kg.

We'll keep our eyes peeled for official images and data as the weeks progress. Your guess is as good as ours at this point for things like power numbers, 0-60 times and interior fittings, but since this car does replace the Zonda, we'd expect nothing short of earth-shattering figures.

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