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Motoring

Huayra Roadster


PAGANI'S LATEST MASTERPIECE

Since his childhood, the Argentinian Horacio Pagani has had a passion for motor cars. At the age of 12 he was making wooden kit supercars, in the 1980s he had a brilliant career with Lamborghini and then in 1999 he founded Pagani Automobili in Modena – a brand which has left an indelible mark on the history of the motor vehicle.

The company exhibited its latest model in the recent Geneva Motor Show: the Huayra Roadster. The name derives from Huayra-Tata (Father of the Winds), an ancient South American deity, and the car is amazing both technically and from the point of view of craftsmanship. Nor is it simply a cabriolet version of the Huayra Coupe, the hypercar which, in 2011, became the first to win all of the industry’s most important awards, but a completely overhauled vehicle which took six long years to design.

Apart from its twelve-cylinder engine built specifically for Pagani by Mercedes-Benz AMG, which can provide 764HP and over 1,000 Nm, the most surprising thing about the Huayra Roadster is its weight: 1280kg, 80kg less than the coupe. This is possible on account of improvements in the production of carbo-titanium, the material used to build the new Pagani, and regarded as more advanced than those used in Formula One. The rest of the vehicle has been designed with the usual care and attention to detail which has always distinguished the Modena-based company.

Just 100 models of the Huayra Roadster will be produced, at a retail price of € 2,280,000, excluding VAT. The vehicles have already all been sold.