The BC is named after Horacio’s very first customer, Benny Caiola, and is a hell of a tribute indeed.
Every body panel except the roof is all new for this track-ready beast of a machine. Power is up, weight is radically down, and a new active diff and Xtrac racing paddle-shifter will drop laptimes down radically as well.
And one of its best details? One that will send your happiness quotient through the clouds?!
Unlike the Pagani Zonda R or Zonda Revolucione, the Huayra BC will be fully street-legal worldwide. Yes, this includes the US market.
Pagani has graciously provided a very detailed 70-photo pack along with the initial tech details and ballpark performance numbers for its freakishly-focused new flagship. We will consciously try to use fewer exclamation points than a car like this demands…. purely as a service to you, dear reader. =]
WHY SO SERIOUS?
The design of any Pagani has always been led by aero, performance and strength metrics more than classical beauty. Where other supercars hide their nitty gritty details like screw-heads, Pagani made his own titanium-alloy nuts and bolts. Strong enough for NASA, but beautiful enough for MoMA — has been the divine purpose of all his machines.
Over time, the auto world has come to respect — at very least — the raw aesthetic Pagani is unique in delivering. For a select group of about 110 (total!) owners of any Pagani in the last 15 years, the complete sensory immersion — tacticility and full, heart-stopping sight sound and motion — the man is revered as a God-like engineer among mere mortals.
In that vane, the Huayra BC is a return to form. Beauty and first-impressions are not nearly as important as raw functionality.
That certainly applies to the Huayra BC — as its first-look Facebook comments can attest. People hate its looks.
But you know what? Online commenters suck. And are rarely, if ever, right — despite their blunt insistence to the contrary. F*** ’em. They will never appreciate great fine art, either.
We have a finer appreciation for the detailed, highly labor-intensive makeover the Huayra Coupe needed to become as focused, fast and record-setting as the previous Zonda R and Revo track models.
The design of the BC is all-new and controversial largely thanks to its insane aero revamp. The quad active wings (two in front, two in back) still do their G-force dance to keep the car sucked into the pavement even in rapid transitions.
And the underbody is still smooth as glass.
But where the Huayra took a smoother approach to its intakes, outlets and air ducts — the BC makes them all 4X more powerful. It starts with a long-nose point in the leading edge of the BC’s grille. And below there, an all-new lower splitter and chin spats just centimeters off the tarmac.
The real action continues up the fenders: new integrated slices free trapped heat from the wheel-wells out the top of the car’s wings. Behind the front axle, new slices and carved-out elements shoot air from the underbody and away from the car — enhancing downforce radically.
New scoops ahead of the rear axle funnel the needed air to the new active diff in back and Xtrac transaxle.
A new airfoil just behind the doors is functionally needed to maximize the aero of the tailwing — a giant fixed element that looks LMP1-strong, yet also quite beautiful.
Square rear fender exits live in the upper rear flanks, while a full-width — and very tall — rear diffuser again creates mini-vortices of rapid air. This lightens the vehicle and creates a ground-effect suction onto the pavement. How? The air pressure under the car can be marginally lighter than normal — again creating a ground-effect level of intense downforce.
Like the Pagani ZOnda R and Revo previously, the BC is honed for track attack laptimes. One track in particular: the Nurburgring. This 12.9-mile green hell is where the R and Revo shocked the world with 918, P1 and LaFerrari-beating pace. And deeply embarrasses any Aventador, including the new SV.
But those records were hard to tout, as the cars were not road legal.
The BC makes all those astrices irrelevant: the BC is road legal and a production car. This will make its eventual pace around the Green Hell stand the test of time on fastest-lap boards of the world’s hypercar elite.
The near-singular laptime focus of the BC upgrade let the engineers go wild with downforce aero — sans any concerns that it will slow down the ultimate speeds possible. A radically lightened suspension uses a new forged alloy to cut weight nearly in half. The new active diff, variable race ESP settings, and Xtrac gearbox are all finely honed to this purpose, versus overall top speeds, for example. Gear ratios and power are also fit for purpose — with a pre-sale estimate of 750HP-plus from a recently-tweaked AMG V12TT.
Fit to be the fastest, most intoxicating supercar of all time — right down to its bespoke nuts and bolts.
God of Wind, indeed!
2017 Pagani Huayra BC