For some a ‘regular’ Pagani just isn’t special or limited enough, which is why the Italian supercar maker has created the Pagani Huayra R. This is the latest track-only model released from the company. Models such as the Pagani Imola shows that there is demand for these types of cars. Just 30 examples will be built and they cost roughly R46m before taxes and import duties.

“In 2008 we were working on the Huayra, a very challenging and demanding project from an engineering and stylistic point of view. After so many years, I felt an overwhelming desire for freedom and that’s how the Zonda R came about, a track car free from constraints and regulations. Beautiful, high-performing and safe. The Huayra R, just like the Zonda R, is the freest, most extreme and performance-oriented Pagani car of all time.” Horacio Pagani.

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V12 heart

At the heart of the Pagani Huayra R is a specially developed 6,0-litre naturally aspirated V12. The engine was co-developed with HWA AG, the same folks who build Mercedes’ customer racing GT3 cars. The new powertrain delivers maximum power of 625 kW at 8 250 r/min (max engine speed is a howling 9 000) and peak torque of 750 N.m is on tap from 5 500 to 8 300 r/min. The Pagani Huayra R tips the scales at just 1 050 kg.

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Drive is sent to the rear axle through a new six-speed sequential transmission. The transmission casing is attached to the carbo-titanium monocoque as well as the engine. It contributes to the overall rigidity of the car and is load-bearing. It has also been designed to integrate structurally with the rear suspension. Power is then sent to slick Pirelli rubber that is wrapped around monoblock aluminium alloys. Stopping power comes from Brembo CCM-R ventilated discs that measure 410 mm front with 390 mm rear items. Six-piston calipers are fitted on all four wheels.

In his own words

“Today’s racing cars are focused exclusively on aerodynamics and are largely the product of the wind tunnel. In the 60s and 70s, however, the cars were very fast, certainly dangerous, but beautiful. Prototype sports cars like the Ferrari P4 or the Ford GT40, or the Le Mans cars, had extremely attractive lines, which are still a huge source of inspiration for our cars today. 

“The Porsche 917 is my favourite, with its romantic yet bold shape, which gives the impression of a very fast car. It is beautiful, elegant and timeless. From this desire for freedom, and from the experience of the Zonda R and the cars of the past, came the idea of the Huayra R, like a breath of fresh air. A car sculpted in performance. Not just a track car, but a very intimate club of true adrenaline seekers.” Horacio Pagani.