The current superlative of performance and craftsmanship.
What comes to mind when you think of details on a car? Perhaps contrast stitching, matching accent tones or even little design Easter eggs on otherwise everyday components. But what about emblems carved out of billet blocks, welds on titanium that look like stacked dimes and exposed carbon fibre interior panels with weaves that radiate from the centre of the tub? When a car has a base price of $4.5 million, detail isn’t just a nicety, it’s almost everything. Why almost? Let’s just say that when a car costs that much, it isn’t expected to be slow. It’s time to say hello to the Pagani Huayra Roadster BC.
Even at first glance, it’s clear that the Huayra Roadster BC is something special. If the stripes and scoops aren’t a dead giveaway, the prominent active and passive aerodynamic features will be. The side mirrors are artfully delicate and serve in stark contrast to the brutality of the front dive planes and massive fixed rear wing. Speaking of artfully delicate, check out the the emblems of Horacio Pagani’s signature. They’re each formed out of a single chunk of billet aluminum, while visible bolts are made out of titanium and have the Pagani emblem stamped into each of them. The insane craftsmanship extends into the Huayra Roadster BC’s structure itself. Mere carbon fibre was simply not enough, so Pagani uses Carbotitanium and Carbo-Triax for the monocoque for incredible rigidity and lightness. It truly is a sight to behold.
Inside, the Pagani Huayra Roadster BC swaps race car looks for a Victorian-era vision of the future. Leather, metal, Alcantara and carbon fibre abound. Almost everything is shaped unconventionally yet organically, from the flowing form of the seats to the wiry thinness of the centre console to the wildly-shaped gauge cluster. The only normal shapes are for the steering wheel hub and the passenger airbag cover, which gives the Huayra Roadster BC this otherworldly feel. More impressive than the sculpture is the craftsmanship. Every stitch, every switch, every nut and every bolt is crafted with the utmost care and attention, built to a standard and not a cost. If it looks like metal it is metal, if it looks like carbon fibre it is carbon fibre, and one would be very hard-pressed to point out any bits borrowed from cheaper, “lesser” cars.
That is, until the rear clamshell is opened to show an AMG V12. Except this isn’t any ordinary AMG V12 from a 65-series car. This six-litre twin-turbocharged V12 is called the M158 and it has been fitted with twin-scroll turbochargers, dry-sump lubrication and a Bosch ECU to deliver a gobsmacking 800 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque. It comes mated exclusively to a seven-speed single-clutch automated manual gearbox which sends all of that power to the rear tires. While acceleration isn’t quoted, Pagani is more than happy to quote a dry weight of just 1,250 kilograms and a maximum skidpad grip figure of an unbelievable 1.9 g.
With craftsmanship as intense as this and a price tag of around $4.5 million, it’s probably no surprise that the 2020 Pagani Huayra Roadster BC has a limited production run of just 40 cars. For those lucky enough to be shopping for one, a quote from a certain John Hughes movie stands out as sound advice. “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”