Pagani Huayra Crash Test: Video
The Pagani Huayra might not be the newest hypercar on the block, but it continue to amazes thanks to some ingenious design features, clever engineering, and the artful shaping of its body. Officially debuted in 2011, the Huayra made a splash in its exclusive segment, putting fellow Italian automakers Ferrari and Lamborghini on notice. But it’s the Huayra’s development that we’re looking back at with this crash test video.
To call it a video is actually generous, but this 30-second clip depicts how Pagani tested its Huayra for the worst-case scenario. The full-frontal crash test shows the strength of the Huayra’s structure. The central monocoque is made from a carbo-titanium composite – a combination of carbon fiber and titanium. The unique combination allows the passenger compartment to withstand impacts that would otherwise shatter a standard carbon fiber part.
In fact, the video shows this principle in action. Just watch as the front crumple zone absorbs the impact while the passenger cell remains completely intact. The carbon fiber body ahead of the windshield cracks and bends, absorbing the brunt of the crash force. And like any modern car, the Huayra comes with airbags that help lessen the chances of passenger injury. The clip shows them working in full function.
This crash test takes place at a moderate speed, but demonstrates how the Huayra is designed to protect passengers from even high-speed crashes. High speeds are something very familiar to the Pagani. Its Mercedes-Benz-sourced 6.0-liter V-12 engine produces 730 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque thanks in part to twin turbochargers. The hypercar is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 230 mph.