Meet the $3M track-only Pagani Huayra R
Pity the 30 one-percenters who pay $3M for the new Pagani Huayra R and can’t drive their cars on the road. The ultimate Huayra is designed for track use only, so they’ll have to pony up for circuit time should they ever dare to drive it.
Pagani describes the Huayra R as “an extreme, untamed car, developed free from rules except for safety, with the sole aim of offering uncompromising performance.” It is a “laboratory that incorporates the technology of future Pagani models.” Think of it as a race car designed without regulations, powered by the free will of engineers let loose and designers unburdened with legislation.
So, what did they get up to? Let’s start with power. The Huayra R has 850 hp courtesy of its 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V-12. There’s 553 lb-ft of torque, too, but the R’s engine has been designed to rev to its 9000 rpm redline to deliver its explosive performance. An all-new six-speed sequential transmission is fitted and mated to a three-disc racing clutch. An Inconel exhaust system is also ceramic coated for heat management and tuned to create a sound that evokes the glory days of Formula 1. A set of mufflers will be provided for circuits with noise restrictions.
By using state-of-the-art materials including Carbo-Titanium HP62-G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 the R’s monocoque is lighter and stronger than any other Huayra yet the whole car weighs just 2310 pounds. The R rides on suspension of forged aluminum double wishbones with helical springs and active shock absorbers, while the Brembo brakes are CCM-R self-ventilated carbon-ceramic discs. Special Pirelli P Zero slick tires will sit on 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
The R has a built-in safety cage to FIA GT standards, a fire system and seats integrated into the monocoque covered in Ener-Core EC 50 foam to create the perfect driving position for the owner. A six-point harness will hold him or her in place, while the adjustable pedals are provided by AP Racing. A fully-customizable motorsport dashboard is fitted and there’s a suite of telemetry logging software to help set the car up for each track.
The Huayra has been enhanced for maximum aerodynamic performance, and delivers 2204 pounds of downforce at 199 mph. You may also spot larger vents and a roof scoop to aid cooling of the V-12 yet, and although form may follow function, there’s no denying the R remains a stunner.
To encourage owners to actually use their Rs Pagani is offering an Arte in Pista program, a series of track days tailor-made for customers in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Horacio Pagani calls these owners “A very intimate club of true adrenaline seekers.” Hopefully at least a few of them will use their cars as Horacio intended.