We make no bones about our obsession with Pagani here and this has us weak at the knees – the new Pagani Huayra BC Roadster.
The Huayra BC coupe is the most focused Pagani road car there has ever been and all of its hardware has been transferred into the Roadster chassis. A chassis made from carbotanium, a form of carbonfibre with threads of titanium woven through it to give extra strength for less weight.
Power comes from a 6.0-litre, twin-turbo V12 built by AMG that serves up 791bhp and 775lb/ft of torque. In a car that weighs just 1250kg, that kind of power leads to profound performance. 0-62mph in less than 2.5secs profound. Top speed somewhere beyond 215mph profound.
That kerbweight figure is 30kg lighter than a standard Huayra Roadster – if such a thing exists – thanks to even more extensive use of carbonfibre. The top is a removable carbon item – so if it rains, you’ll just have to get wet.
So obsessed is Pagani with saving weight that it refuses to use double-clutch gearboxes. The Huayra BC uses a seven-speed, single-clutch paddle-shifter that is reckoned to save 30kg.
The Huayra’s aero is pretty advanced to begin with, and the BC’s kicks things up a few notches. Besides the enormous rear wing, there’s a blown rear diffuser uses gases diverted from the catalytic converter. Pagani claims the BC Roadster generates 500kg of downforce at 174mph.
Pagani plans to build 40 exmaples of the Huayra BC Roadser, with a pricetag of £2.8 million each. And that’ll quickly escalate as pretty much every Pagani buyer specs several hundred grand of options.
By Graham King