Hypercar with Indy and Le Mans influence, boasting extreme modifications compared to standard R model.
Despite the fact that Pagani made the decision to replace the Huayra with the Utopia in 2022, the renowned Italian workshop has not stopped producing exclusive versions inspired by previous successes. After introducing the Imola Roadster in the previous year, Pagani has now unveiled the Huayra R Evo, a longtail convertible evolution of the original Huayra R.
In typical Pagani fashion, the dominant force behind this car is a monstrous V12 engine, capable of producing an impressive 888 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. The rear has been elongated by 190 millimeters (equivalent to around 7.5 inches), transforming it into a codalunga or “longtail” model. However, since this name has already been bestowed upon a highly exclusive masterpiece by its creator Horacio, it is instead referred to as an evolution of the renowned Huayra R.
However, it is far from being a straightforward task.Rewritten: The task at hand is definitely not uncomplicated.
The original Huayra R made its debut in 2021, boasting a unique engine crafted by HWA. This company has once again played a significant role in the development of the new model. The engine is a 6.0-liter V12, without any forced induction, which weighs just 436 pounds. It reaches peak power at an impressive 8,250 rpm and offers maximum torque from 5,800 to 8,200 rpm, with a redline at 9,200 rpm. In comparison to the previous R model, the Evo edition’s limiter has been extended by 200 rpm and boasts a slightly altered torque profile, thanks to the installation of new intake trumpets and camshafts. The transmission used in the regular R model has been carried over to the Evo version, which makes sense considering it is exclusively designed for the Huayra range. The transmission remains a six-speed sequential and is also built by HWA.
The addition of more power is certainly advantageous, however, purchasers also reap the advantages of the remarkable Class A carbon fiber crafted by Pagani for their extraordinary creation, Utopia. The outcome? According to Pagani, there is a notable 38% enhancement in rigidity at an equivalent weight. While this statistic would already be remarkable if comparing steel and carbon fiber, the juxtaposition of hypercar carbon fiber versus that of the Huayra R Evo is simply incomprehensible.
Despite the fact that the front splitter has been lengthened by 101 mm, the overall measurements of the Huayra have increased significantly with the addition of the extended longtail. In comparison to the regular model, this car is now almost 12 inches longer. This modification has resulted in a noteworthy 45% increase in downforce and a remarkable 21% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, despite maintaining the same amount of resistance. Furthermore, when traveling at speeds of 320 km/h (199 mph), the body of the car generates more downforce than its entire weight.
Interestingly, the idea for the removable roof panels came to Horacio after attending a Formula Indy race in Nashville. Surprisingly, these panels actually increase downforce by 5%, rather than taking away from it. To meet the demands of this increased downforce, Pagani has incorporated a new heave damper, which is similar to Koenigsegg’s Triplex system. In addition, upgraded Brembo CCM-R carbon-ceramic brakes are now featured on this car. These new brakes provide a 14% larger braking area on both the discs and pads. The new Pirelli P Zero slicks (280/680 R19 in front and 345/725 R20 at the rear) use a specially developed compound. Both wet and dry versions are available, as this is primarily a track car. However, Pagani is also committed to comfort and offers both lefthand-drive and right-hand-drive versions of the vehicle.
Pictures of the lodge are not available (in truth, all visuals given are digital representations), however, the foam-lined chairs will be wrapped in a flame-retardant material. Additional safety measures consist of six-point seatbelts, carbon fiber headrests, and side buffers to protect your head.
Pricing and production figures remain undisclosed, yet it is certain that affluent hobbyists will eagerly await the chance to acquire this vehicle. Weighing in at around 2,337 lbs, boasting rear-wheel drive and reaching a maximum speed of 218 mph without any turbochargers in sight, this is exactly the type of car that will keep you behind the wheel until your eardrums suffer.
Taking inspiration from the Le Mans racers of the 20th century, the concept of pushing oneself to the limit behind the wheel seems fitting for our taste of masochism.