When you’re making an economy car, for example, the demands your creation have to answer to are set. More space, more economy, less cost. The same goes for other mainstream categories. When you’re creating a supercar, though, how do you know where to start? For Horacio Pagani, it starts with a desire for freedom.
The founder of Pagani Automobili took to YouTube recently to explain what ideas have gone into the creation of the upcoming Huayra R.
As with the Zonda R, the main demand that the team imposed upon itself was unshackling its supercar from restrictions. What would it look like if it didn’t have to answer to any restrictions or regulations?
While we’ll have to wait until we know exactly what they came up with, Pagani turned to nature and history for inspiration. Looking back largely at the Le Mans prototypes of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Horacio Pagani singles out the Porsche 917 in particular as an inspiration.
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As with all modern supercars, Pagani started designing the Huayra R in the wind tunnel. Horacio says that it just didn’t look right, though.
“The first aerodynamic tests instantly showed good results, though the style didn’t really convince us,” he says in the video. “The car was too technical. We wanted more passion. We started working to combine the technical features with the elegance of shapes and form. Suddenly, something curious happened. As the car became more appealing it also became more aerodynamically efficient.”
Right now, we know very little for sure about the Pagani Huayra R, but the company has given out a few hints. We’ve heard the engine running and, as you can see below, it is a V12. Rumors suggest that it will be naturally aspirated and will have a redline of 9,500 RPM, which would certainly be exciting.
Whatever comes of the car, though, it’s certain to be mightily impressive.
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