• Here’s What Randy Pobst Has to Say After Test Driving the Pagani Huayra

A seasoned race car driver faces a brutal hypercar, what could go wrong?

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The BC is powered by the Huayra’s 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine but the power is up by 25 horsepower and there’s more torque too, all kept in check by a more aggressive aerodynamic package. Now it’s time for road racing veteran Randy Pobst to tell everyone about the time when he got to try out a member of the supercar world’s upper echelons with all the others also in attendance.

The Huayra BC is a 745-horsepower monster

Here's What Randy Pobst Has to Say After Test Driving the Pagani Huayra
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Pagani is known for making some of the world’s most dramatic-looking cars in the world. However, unlike a Lamborghini Countach, Pagani’s cars are as fast as they are jaw-dropping. Take the Huayra BC, for example.

Pagani unveiled the Huayra way back in 2011 as the replacement for the legendary Zonda. Five years later, the floor of the Geneva Auto Show shook as Horacio Pagani unveiled the Huayra BC, a faster, more powerful Huayra named in the memory of the late Benny Caiola, Pagani’s first customer.

With 745 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, the BC can go from naught to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 238 mph.

These aren’t world-leading numbers anymore but they were quite astonishing four years ago. To add to that, the BC is lighter than a standard Huayra by almost 300 pounds. It makes sense, then, that driving one on Georgia’s illustrious Road Atlanta road course would raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

Pagani Huayra BC specifications
ENGINE: Pagani V12 60° 36 valves 5,980 cc twin turbochargers, developed bespokely for Pagani by Mercedes AMG
POWER: 745 hp at 5,900 RPM
TORQUE: 738 lb-ft from 2,000 to 5,600 RPM
0 to 60 MPH: 2.8 seconds

Pobst got to drive the BC during a track day organized by Merit Partners in conjunction with the Driving Club at the Braselton track. Also out and about that day were a Porsche 918, a Ferrari LaFerrari, a McLaren P1, and a Porsche Carrera GT to name but a few of the cars that brazenly faced the chilly temperatures that made bringing brakes and tires into temperature somewhat of a tough job.

Here's What Randy Pobst Has to Say After Test Driving the Pagani Huayra
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Throughout the video, the former Pirelli World Challenge regular talks about the Huayra in comparison to the members of the holy trinity: the 918, the LaFerrari, and the P1. Pobst speaks highly of the Porsche’s confidence-inducing AWD system and its energy-recovering brakes that feed the electric motors. He points out that, in the 900 horsepower 918, you’re approaching the chicane at the end of the lap going about 175 mph as you’ve gone down the winding back straight.

He also mentions how in the RWD-only P1 you "think about the [bare concrete] walls" that line some portions of the track at Road Atlanta as the McLaren is a decidedly more "lively" car on turn-in, Pobst saying this is due to the Britons’ love for an oversteer-y car. After a run in the LaFerrari, which he rates as having "maybe the best sound" but lacking in the brakes department, Pobst finally gets on about the "exotic" Huayra BC.

Here's What Randy Pobst Has to Say After Test Driving the Pagani Huayra
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He goes out thinking it’ll be somewhat skittish to drive because Pagani doesn’t have an army of engineers to sort the cars like Porsche or Ferrari does but he’s not kept on his toes for long. For starters, it’s the way the mass is being transferred back to front under braking that impresses Pobst, which gets added to the neutrality of the front end upon corner turn-in. "This car feels better than the 918," Randy exclaimed in the video before adding that it is "one of the best handling cars that I’ve ever driven," one that made him "respect the manufacturer [because it] got it so right".

Michael Fira
Michael Fira
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Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read full bio
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