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The ultra-exclusive 778 bhp Pagani Huayra BC has arrived.
Lighter, more powerful, faster…
Instead of focusing on adding a lot more power, Pagani put most of its effort into reducing the Huayra’s weight and improving its handling.
The 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 has been cranked up from 730bhp to 778, with the torque going from 738lb ft. to 811 lb. ft. The fury of the engine is fed through race-derived tripod driveshafts to the rear, via a seven-speed Xtrac automatic manual gearbox with carbon fiber synchronizers. The ‘box is 40 per cent lighter than before, and offers up shifts that are twice as fast – 75ms down from 150.
The BC has been on a weight loss program that goes much further than just a few pounds knocked off a part here and a part there. Its body is made of an as-yet unnamed kind of carbon fiber, which is 20 per cent stronger and 50 per cent lighter than boggo CF.
This, along with the weight savings mentioned above and a few other bits and pieces cut the BC’s weight figure by a massive 132kg, bringing the total down to just 1218 kg. There’s no word on performance stats just yet, but since the standard car will do 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, we can expect a figure starting with a 2 for the BC.
The BC gains an extensive aero package developed with Dallara that includes a particularly massive rear wing, a huge rear diffuser, chunky front splitter and all manner of winglets and vents. What’s more interesting is the less obvious changes: every single body panel bar the roof is different from the regular Huayra, all in the name of better aero efficiency. Pagani has even had to develop new front and rear subframes – with new Ohlins dampers and suspension uprights – to cope with the increased aero loads.
The Pagani Huayra BC is a much more focused version of the already superb Huayra. Power and torque are increased (to circa 800bhp and 811lb ft.), there’s a new aero concept, revised chassis, brakes and pretty much anything else you care to mention.
Pagani say it’s inspired by the Zonda R but unlike that most extreme version of their first supercar, the BC remains fully road legal. The ‘BC’ part of the name is a tribute to the first ever Pagani customer, the late Benny Caiola. Just 20 will be built and despite a price of €2.35-million plus local taxes they’re all sold.
The BC might look like a Huayra with some aero additions and still feature a 6-litre twin turbocharged V12 engine from AMG, but it is a radically different car to the ‘standard’ model. There’s a new 7-speed transverse gearbox supplied by XTrac (still a single clutch paddle-operated system), new front and rear subframes to help with the cooling requirements and aero loads now generated, new suspension uprights and four-way adjustable Öhlins dampers, the latest generation Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, the incredible aerodynamic package developed in conjunction with Dallara, a new e-diff at the rear as well as a raft of electronic changes. Pagani has also saved weight wherever possible and the BC comes in at 1218kg.
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