It’s impolite to call a Pagani a car. It is a lot more like a Picasso painting — ridiculously detailed, one-of-a-kind and a surefire way to draw a crowd. It’s in a league of its own, and the people who buy Paganis are those who derive pleasure from owning rarified objects. The math is elementary. A unique object equals a very happy buyer.
But you’ll see more Leonardo da Vinci in a Pagani. His brilliance, curiosity and trust in both art and science are what inspired its founder, Horacio Pagani, to turn his childhood passion into a profession. The designer, born into an Argentine family of bakers, made his debut in the world of racing at age 20, creating the F3 racer. He also spent many years as Lamborghini’s chief engineer before founding Pagani in 1992.
The God of the Winds
The Huayra — pronounced ‘why-ra’ — Roadster is his latest piece of work, one that embodies the entire philosophy of art intertwining with science. Named after Huayra-tata, the Incan god of the winds, and inspired by da Vinci’s flying machines, the car is swift, powerful and lighter than before. It was designed by Horacio himself, who is quite the perfectionist. The first version wasn’t good enough, so here you’re looking at version 2.0.
Shedding weight was a goal from the beginning and thanks to aluminum alloy wheels and a carbon fibre and titanium body, it is 80kg lighter than its predecessor, the Huayra coupe. Impressive, given that convertibles tend to be heavier due to the extra mechanics. It is also 52 percent stiffer, which is the real surprise.
If you need to be seen behind the wheel, an open-air experience can be easily arranged. There are two kinds of removable roofs: One carbon fibre-top with a large glass panel, while another’s a carbon fibre-frame covered in a luxurious fabric. It’s a perfect combination of resistance and flexibility. Bonus points for hiding the roof elegantly.
For a featherweight car, it still manages to pack a punch. The topless Italian supercar checks all the boxes: Obscene power (a Mercedes-AMG M158 six-litre V12; 764 horsepower), flashy gullwing doors and giant carbon ceramic Brembos, front and back. Extra brownie points go to the active aero flaps, which ensure optimal downforce on and off the track.
ENGINE: 5,980cc, 36-valves, rear, Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 (built specifically for Pagani)
POWER: 764bhp at 5,500rpm
TORQUE: 1,000Nm at 2,300 to 4,300rpm
0-100KM/H: 3 seconds
TOP SPEED: 370km/h
TRANSMISSION: Rear-wheel drive, seven-speed with electronic mechanical differential
All 100 Roadsters have been sold for USD2.4 million each. But fret not. At Pagani, the sky’s the limit and they will make you anything that you want, as long as you can wait a year or two. Swing by the Pagani showroom to see the real deal.