TG meets the Pagani Huayra
Come with us for a closer look at the sensational Zonda successor, after last week’s packed public debut in Geneva
Posted: 08 Jun 2012
The engine design brief called for an epic noise too, which it'd need if it's to follow that wonderful, naturally aspirated 7.3-litre in the Zonda. The exhausts will help. With typical Pagani obsession for the best materials regardless of cost, they're titanium for lightness, with Inconel sections to resist where it's most furnace-hot.
The transmission is completely bespoke: a seven-speed paddleshift unit from one of the best race suppliers, Xtrac. The same people did the Zonda R box, but this one is different. It was OK for the R to drop-kick you when shifting, but this one has to be able to be gentle too. It's mounted transversely to avoid having weight hang too far back, and to open up extra space for the crash structure to do its job. Why no twin-clutch? Because it would be 60kg heavier, Horacio says. It's certainly not a cost-saving measure. "I could buy a very good V8 engine for the price of this gearbox," he shrugs.