The Italian hypercar manufacturer has brought us another mad creation, this time in the form of the Huayra BC. Or in other words, the most technologically advanced car they’ve ever built.
Pagani say that this is not just a mere restyling of the Huayra, but rather an innovative car that is beneficial, in terms of technology, to all future Pagani models. This car is different to the standard Huayra in ever way.
The BC has been inspired by predecessors such as the Zonda R and the Zonda Cinque, making this another ultimate track weapon that car also be used on the road.
The name “BC” represents the initials of Benny Caiola, a person who has greatly inspired Horacio Pagani over the years. Caiola was so impressed by the passion and technology of the cars Horacio was designing from the very beginning, he made history as the very first customer to buy a Pagani Automobile.
In recent times, there have been a lot of new takes on the modern hypercar, with companies such as Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren offering us cars with hybrid propulsion of sorts. Mr. Pagani decided not to go down this road and rather opted to focus on traditional areas of development, areas which include:
- Create the lightest, globally homologated, Hypercar
- Develop chassis and suspension systems that are derived from motorsport to deliver dynamic and secure car, fast and fun, that retains the comfort typical of a Pagani
- Develop a completely new AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) paying particular attention to both the performance and comfort, without compromising the weight and balance of the car
In terms of power, the Huayra BC offers a V12 Bi-Turbo engine developed by Mercedes AMG, exclusively for Pagani.The V12 produces around 560 kW, 38 kW more than before. The sports exhaust includes a low back pressure muffler and is substantially lighter compared to the exhaust on the standard Huayra. The result of careful acoustic design in geometries and materials such as titanium, the sound of the car with the sports exhaust system becomes even more intense and exciting.
The Huayra BC features a 7-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) developed from the ground up and represents a new benchmark in this type of transmission. The gearbox, developed and manufactured by Xtrac, and features a new electro-hydraulic actuation system and new carbon fibre synchronizers, designed to increase the precision of gear engagement and further reduce gearshift times. The clutch control program has also been heavily revised, allowing greater accuracy, despite the increased torque of the engine.
A brand new electronic active diff has been introduced. The system allows electronic control of the differential to adapt to a full range of different driving conditions, from low-grip situations, to the extreme driving performance required on the track, always maximizing the traction and increasing the stability of the vehicle. The result is a highly rewarding and dynamic experience that always inspires confidence. All in, the diff and gearbox is around 40% lighter than the outgoing double clutch system in the Huayra.
To complete enhancements to the transmission package, there are new tripod axle drive shafts, derived from the world of Le Mans. No other system offers the same efficiencies in the transference of the power through the drivetrain compared to the solution now adopted by Pagani.
The BC is fitted with bespoke suspension, which is the lightest and most effective ever fitted to a road car. The suspension components themselves are forged from an aeronautical-grade aluminium called HiForg. The suspensions system is 25% lighter than before. This makes the car far more dynamic and responsive.
Long-standing partner, Brembo, are responsible for the brakes on the BC. They have developed a dedicated CCM (carbon-ceramic) braking system. The new calipers are made with a new proprietary manufacturing technology developed by Brembo, through which their engineers have managed to significantly reduce unsprung weight. The calliper is also stiffer, thus allowing increased stability in performance under repetitive high performance braking. This is critical to the design requirements of the Pagani.
Like all Pagani models, the Huayra BC will be exclusively equipped with Pirelli tyres. The car will run on P Zero Corsa’s in 255/30ZR20 and 355/25ZR21 sizes. Customers can opt for a more track optimised spec, in this case, the BC will be equipped with the latest Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R’s, which sit on dedicated 19” front wheels and 20” rear wheels. These tyres have been developed for track use only and help the vehicle to achieve staggering lateral accelerations with peaks of 2G.
The Huayra BC takes the revolutionary active-aero concept on the outgoing model to extremes, in the pursuit of even more downforce. The car has been redesigned to such an extent, that only the roof remains the same. No other body panel is shared with the standard car.
The interior was crafted with racing, and weight saving, in mind. An electric parking brake replaces the mechanical one, whilst the steering wheel is covered in suede leather for optimum grip. The black anthracite colour is a hallmark of the elements of this performance orientated car.