The way car companies reveal new models is changing, with the internet having become a big part of unveilings in the last couple of years… but the reveal of the Pagani Huayra Roadster BC takes that idea an extra step further.
Rather than officially debuting the new roofless, track-focused Huayra to the world in its physical form, Pagani chose to partner with a mobile racing game to bring the 590kW twin-turbo V12 hypercar to the world.
Yep, the world’s first look at Pagani’s new beast was via CSR Racing 2, a game from the same company that created time-suckers such as Farmville and Words with Friends.
Thankfully, Pagani also released actual photos of a real car, with information about the car and its new components. One such being its re-designed V12, built by AMG and able to produce a healthy 1050Nm between 2000rpm and 5600rpm as well as its 590kW.
Oh, and while all-wheel drive is becoming more prevalent in the world of high-performance, the Pagani Huayra Roadster BC remains true to rear-drive, with all that power and torque being sent back via an Xtrac transverse seven-speed sequential gearbox. Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tyres provide the grip for that power to actually be transferred to the road.
Sure, its outputs aren’t as significant as outputs from some other hypercars from Europe, but the Huayra Roadster BC weighs only 1250kg dry. That’s just 32kg heavier than the roofed BC.
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This boils down to the expertise Pagani has gathered in the field of carbon fibre engineering over the years, with the Huayra’s chassis and body being absolutely riddled with the lightweight material.
The company says the Huayra Roadster BC is able to provide “a full open-top experience without affecting the performance,” all due to the lack of compromise in the rigidity and weight of the Roadster version of the BC.
"Through intense scientific research for developing the Carbo-Triax HP62 and Carbon-Titanium HP62 G2 formulas, we succeeded in achieving some extraordinary results that allowed us to reduce the weight of the vehicle considerably and optimise mechanical features,” says Pagani’s head of concept and composite design Francesco Perini.
“Even so, when we presented these achievements to Horacio, along with the fact that they involved a 450 per cent increase in material costs, his reaction was, "the customer deserves even more!"
On that, the aerodynamics of the Huayra are also still up to scratch without the roof, having been designed to generate 500kg of downforce at 280km/h.
Stopping from a speed like that is taken care of by a set of Brembo brakes, with discs measuring 398x36mm at the front and 380x34mm at the rear. Calipers at the front are 6-pots, with 4-pots at the rear.
Whether the Pagani Huayra Roadster BC will make it to Australia in any number at all isn’t clear, but we know it won’t be cheap if it does. Australia has only one Pagani dealership – within the Zagame building on Melbourne’s Swan St – where one could buy a ‘regular’ Huayra Roadster for an eye-watering AUD$5.5 million.