The quickest and most powerful Pagani is ready to hit the track

Although it’s been around since 2012, the Pagani Huayra didn’t spawn more than a few special-edition versions until 2016. But as soon as all 100 units of the supercar were sold, the Italian carmaker began working on new iterations of the model — the Huayra Roadster and a more hardcore version of the coupe. While the former didn’t break cover until 2017, the latter surfaced the Interwebz in a teaser image on December 2015 and made its global debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Fitted with an uprated V-12 powerplant, a new transmission, revised aerodynamics, and a race-inspired interior, the Huayra BC was named after Benny Caiola, one of the first Pagani customers, as well as a good friend of Horacio. So, while the Zonda F was dedicated to Formula One ace Juan Manuel Fangio, the Huayra BC was developed in honor of Caiola, who owned several Zondas, including a Zonda F, which was regularly driven by Horacio himself.

Not only the most powerful and aerodynamic coupe version of the Huayra ever developed (the Roadster models has a more powerful engine), the BC is also the most exclusive, being build in significantly less units than the original supercar. But more on all that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Pagani Huayra BC.

Exterior

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Inspired by the track-focused Zonda R and Zonda Cinque, the Huayra BC sports an aerodynamically enhanced body kit that is reminiscent of its spiritual predecessor. For starters, it has a massive wing and a revised rear diffuser that stretches from one side of the bumper to the other. With the new diffuser, which seems suited for fast laps around the Nurburgring, comes a slightly reshaped fascia. The rear also features a pair of spoilers underneath the wing for improved down force.

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With the new diffuser, which seems suited for fast laps around the Nurburgring, comes a slightly reshaped fascia.

Moving onto the sides, we can see deeper side skirts and new, split-spoke alloy wheels, which are significantly lighter than the standard rollers and seem larger as well. The front end also features revised aerodynamics in the form of a more aggressive splitter, race-spec canards on each side, and a wider mouth.

Then there’s the carbon-fiber "livery" that pretty much turns the Huayra into a more modern interpretation of the Zonda Cinque. The front hood, the roof, and the engine lid are finished in bare carbon-fiber and have blue and white racing stripes in the center. Most likely the stripes can be had in several colors and customers will be able to opt for a full carbon body.

Needless to say, the Huayra BC is the most aggressive looking Huayra yet. It’s race-spec aero kit reminds me of the Zonda R, but unlike the its spiritual predecessor, the Huayra BC is homologated for road use.

Interior

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Pagani says that the interior of the Huayra BC was designed "with appealing traditional Pagani aesthetics and built with a racing emphasis and weight saving in mind." In other words, the cockpit is heavily based on the standard Huayra’s, but comes with exclusive features of its own and more lightweight materials than usual. The brand didn’t provide many details, but pointed out that the BC sports a suede and leather steering wheel for enhanced grip and Black Anthracite as the main color theme for the cabin.

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The cockpit is heavily based on the standard Huayra's, but comes with exclusive features of its own and more lightweight materials than usual.

The presentation model shown here features red highlights and stitching, but customers will probably get to choose from a wide range of colors. Much like any Huayra out there, the cockpit is packed with fine Alcantara, carbon-fiber, and aluminum inserts. The Huayra BC also gained a new electric parking brake instead of the previous mechanical one. Overall, the interior is a work of art.

Drivetrain

Motivation comes from the same 6.0-liter V-12 found in the standard Huayra, but the "BC" badge comes with more power at its disposal. While some sources claimed that the BC would arrive with 789 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, the actual output was revealed to be of 739 horsepower and 738 pound-feet. This accounts for a 19-horsepower increase over the initial coupe model. On the other hand, the BC isn’t as powerful as the Roadster, which comes with 753 horsepower on top.

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Motivation comes from the same 6.0-liter V-12 found in the standard Huayra, but the "BC" badge comes with more power at its disposal.

Performance specs aren’t yet available, but given that the standard Huayra can hit 60 mph from a standing start in three seconds, the BC should run the same benchmark in 2.8 ticks or less. Granted, there’s not a lot of extra power to put behind these claims, but the BC’s performance is further improved by its aerodynamic package and lighter curb weight. The BC tips the scales at 1,218 kg (2,685 pounds), 132 kg (291 pounds) less than the standard supercar.

Another important change is in the transmission department, where Pagani implemented a new seven-speed automated manual developed by Xtrac. The gearbox features a new electro-hydraulic actuation system and new carbon-fiber synchronizers designed to increase precision and further reduce gearshift times. The new transmission, including the electronic differential, is also about 40 percent lighter that the previous unit. Other enhancements in this area include new tripod axle drive shafts derived from endurance racing.

Suspension, Brakes and Tires

Pagani also developed a special suspension system for the Huayra BC. The components are forged from HiForg, a high-strength, lightweight aluminum alloy used in the aeronautic industry, which is about 25 percent lighter than the suspension of the standard Huayra. The uprights have been completely redesigned for reduced weight, increased rigidity, and enhanced responsiveness on the race track. All told, Pagani claims that the BC’s suspension system is "the lightest and most effective ever applied to a road going hi-performance vehicle."

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Stopping power comes from carbon-ceramic brakes developed by Brembo, Pagani's long-standing partner.

Stopping power comes from carbon-ceramic brakes developed by Brembo, Pagani’s long-standing partner. The calipers are made with a new proprietary manufacturing technology developed by Brembo and are stiffer stiffer than usual, thus allowing increased stability in performance under repetitive braking.

As far as rubber goes, the Huayra BC rides on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, much like all Pagani models. The lightweight wheels (20 inches in the front, 21 inches in the rear) are wrapped in 255/30ZR20 and 355/25ZR21 sizes and feature Pirelli’s latest design, which has a more aggressive looking asymmetric tread pattern, with three longitudinal grooves reminiscent of the Formula One slicks. The tire’s geometry and structure of the bean has been designed to absorb the stress generated by a car that sends more than 1,000 horsepower to the ground.

Customers looking to take the Huayra BC to the track can opt for a different wheel and tire package consisting of smaller rims (19 inches in the front, 20 inches in the rear) wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. These have been developed for track use only and help the vehicle to achieve lateral accelerations with peaks of 2G.

Prices

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Pricing for the Huayra BC is set at €2.3 million, which converts to around $2.4 million as of January 2017. That’s a hefty increase over the standard Huayra’s original $1 million sticker, but we need to keep in mind a few things. For starters, the Huayra was first launch in 2012 and since then it has become a lot more expensive. With all sorts of options and unique features and colors, a standard model can fetch in excess of $2 million. Actually, the BC will too be a lot more expensive once their exclusive owners discuss all the extra options. Most likely, each of the 20 cars built (only a fifth of the standard Huayra’s production run) will bring Pagani more than $3 million. As it is the case with high-end supercars, the Huayra BC was already sold out by the time Pagani unveiled the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show.

Competition

Bugatti Chiron

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Developed to replace the ageing, yet already iconic Veyron, the Chiron is Bugatti’s next record-setting supercar and one of the most powerful vehicles on the market. With an upgraded quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16 engine rated at a whopping 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of twist, the Chiron is nearly two times more powerful than the Huayra BC. However, the French supercar is only two tenths of a second quicker from 0 to 60 mph, mostly because it’s a lot heavier than the Pagani. Specifically, the Chiron tips the scales at no fewer than 4,398 pounds, 1,713 pounds more than the Huayra BC.

To put things into perspective, the heaviest Caterham Seven you can buy now doesn’t weigh more than 1,250 pounds before options. All told, a Huayra BC with a Seven on its roof would still be lighter than a Chiron...

But while the Bugatti would be a complete mess at the race track, it would win any straight line race for top speed, as it is rated at 261 mph, versus the Huayra’s 230-mph estimate. Exclusivity is where the Chiron loses, as Bugatti will produce 500 units. Pricing is about the same though, with Bugatti asking €2.4 million (around $2.5 million) for a Chiron.

Find out more about the Bugatti Chiron here.

Conclusion

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We might not know all the details surrounding the Huayra BC, but it’s certainly be the fastest and most powerful Huayra to date, as well as one of the most expensive supercars on the market. Heck, this thing costs more than a LaFerrari or Bugatti Chiron and will allow its owners to customize numerous details. In short, each of the 20 BC’s will be unique and become collectibles as soon as they leave Pagani’s shop. Hopefully, the Italians will also try to set a Nurburgring record with it and give enthusiasts one more reason to remember the Huayra BC.

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    • * Very, very expensive
    • * Limited production run
    • * Available only to Huayra owners

Updated History

Updated 03/03/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official presentation at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Click the "Pictures" tab to check them out!

Updated 02/29/2016: The 2016 Geneva Motor Show will open its doors for the press tomorrow, but some lucky guys were already able to have a first look at some of the coolest supercars to be unveiled here. Like SellerieCimes whom already caught on tape the new Huayra BC. Click "play" to watch the new supercar on the Geneva floor.

Updated 02/19/2016: Pagani dropped the official details on the new Huayra BC with just a few days before the car’s official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Updated 01/15/2016: In a recent interview with Autoblog, Pagani spokesman Luca Venturi confirmed that the Huayra BC will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, while the roadster version will arrive later this year. He also confirmed that all the Huayra units were sold and that almost all where delivered.

Rendering

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Press Release

The name “BC” represents the initials of Benny Caiola, a person who has greatly inspired Horacio Pagani over the years. Benny was so impressed by the passion and technology of the cars Horacio was designing from the very beginning, he made history as the first customer to buy a Pagani Automobile.

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The Huayra BC is the most technologically advanced Huayra Coupe- yet, introducing innovative technical solutions which will be applied in the Pagani cars of the future. This not just a “restyling” of the Huayra, but a product that includes innovative changes in every part of the vehicle. It’s a car that has a comple- tely different personality to that of the Huayra Coupe. Conceived primarily as road going car that will give the maximum exhilaration and performance during track days and special events, the Huayra BC has been inspired by its “track focused” predecessors: the Pagani Zonda R and the Zonda Cinque.

In recent years we have been presented with products that have delivered a new direction for the supercar, introducing hybrid propulsion, a combination of combustion engine and electric motor.

After much careful consideration and research, Pagani Automobili decided not to go the route that others have followed and chosen instead to focus efforts on other technological areas of development that aimed to:

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• Create the lightest, globally homologated, Hypercar
• Develop chassis and suspension systems that are derived from motorsport to deliver dynamic
and secure car, fast and fun, that retains the comfort typical of a Pagani.
• Develop a completely new AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) paying particular attention
to both the performance and comfort, without compromising the weight and balance of the car.

The Huayra BC is powered by a V12 Bi-Turbo engine developed by Mercedes AMG exclusively for Paga- ni. The engine unleashes more than 750 horsepower, and is approved CARB and EU6.

The sports exhaust includes a low back pressure muffler and is substantially lighter compared to the system used on the Huayra coupe. The result of careful acoustic design in geometries and materials such as titanium, the sound of the car with the sports exhaust system becomes even more intense and exciting delivering a truly unique experience when driving the Pagani Huayra BC on track.

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Transmission

The Huayra BC features a 7-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) developed from scratch and represents a new benchmark in this transmission technology. The gearbox, developed and manufactured by Xtrac, features a new electro-hydraulic actuation system and new carbon fibre synchronizers, designed to increase the precision of gear engagement and further reduce gearshift times. The clutch control program has also been heavily revised, allowing greater accuracy, despite the increased torque of the engine.

A brand new electronic active differential has been introduced to the platform. The advanced electronic differential control allows the differential to adapt to a full range of demanding driving conditions, from low grip situations, to the extreme driving performance required on the track, always maximizing the traction and increasing the stability of the vehicle. The result is a highly rewarding and dynamic experience that always inspires confidence.

The weight of the gearbox, including the electronic differential, is approximately 40% lower compared to that of a dual clutch transmission of the present generation. The transverse layout contributes towards the compact packaging and focuses the mass towards the vehicles’ centre of gravity. The net result is that it reduces the polar moment of inertia which has a negative effect on the stability and can create a tendency to oversteer.

To complete enhancements to the transmission package, there are all new tripod axle drive shafts, derived from the world of Le Mans racing. No drive shaft system used on other road cars can guarantee the same efficiencies in the transference of the power through the drivetrain compared to the solution now adopted by Pagani and this represents a significant step in introducing this pinnacle of drivetrain technology to a road car platform.

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Suspension

The specially developed, bespoke suspension system of the Huayra BC, is the lightest and most effective ever applied to a road going hi-performance vehicle. The suspension components themselves are forged from HiForg, a lightweight aeronautic aluminium alloy of exceptionally high strength. Continuous eva- luation, calculations and testing have allowed us to optimize the design to achieve a weight saving of 25% compared to the suspension of the Huayra Coupe. Even the uprights have been completely redesigned, reducing the weight and increasing the rigidity of the components. This translates into a noticeable increase in the dynamic capabilities of the car, being even more responsive and reactive than before

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Braking System

Brembo is a long standing partner of Pagani Automobili and for the Huayra BC they have developed a dedicated CCM (carbon-ceramic) braking system, with a design that integrates seamlessly and is able to withstand the additional demands that are a result of the increased performance of the vehicle. The callipers are made with a new proprietary manufacturing technology developed by Brembo, through which their engineers have managed to significantly reduce unsprung weight. The calliper is also stiffer thus allowing increased stability in performance under repetitive high performance braking scenarios which is critical to the design requirements of a Pagani.

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Wheels & Tyres

Like all Pagani models, the Huayra BC will be exclusively equipped with Pirelli tyres. Specifically, the car will run on P Zero Corsa in 255/30ZR20 and 355/25ZR21 sizes, guaranteeing the new hypercar from Modena high levels of safety in all usage conditions. The latest P Zero Corsa has a more aggressive-looking asymmetric tread pattern, with three longitudinal grooves reminiscent of the Formula One slick tyres from a few years ago. Another link with Formula One exists in the tyre’s geometry and the structure of the bead, which has been designed to absorb the intense stress and flexing generated by a car that puts out more than 1000 horsepower.

Pirelli’s engineers have created a bespoke product for the Huayra BC that uses new polymers of high molecular weight, improving grip. New mixing systems also mean that the distribution of materials is optimised. Finally, a new structure has reduced the weight of the tyre by around 3%. The lightweight, functionally focused, forged wheels are sized 20 inches on the front axle and 21 inches on the rear axle. In a track optimised specification the Huayra BC can be equipped with the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R on dedicated 19 inch front wheels and 20 inch rear wheels. These tyres have been developed for track use only and help the vehicle to achieve staggering lateral accelerations with peaks of 2G.

The Bosch ESP system has been specially calibrated to make the most of the newly developed components and in addition to the familiar driving modes of “Comfort” and “Sport”, a third mode has been added for track use, suitably called “Track”. The modern generation of traction control systems, allow you to optimi- ze performance, and maximize the available traction, assisting even the most experienced drivers, without hindering the driver involvement or enjoyment.

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Aerodynamics

Underpinning the design of the Huayra Coupe- was concentration to maximize the aerodynamic efficiency in terms of resistance to attrition and the cancelling out the effect of “lift” on the vehicle body, incorporating for the first time in the history of supercars, active aerodynamics.

The philosophy behind the Huayra BC sought to bring this concept to extremes in the pursuit of aerody- namic performance by increasing downforce even further. During the birth of the Zonda, Horacio Pagani worked in the wind tunnel together with Gian Paolo Dallara, founder of Dallara Automobili and was a great inspiration and mentor to the young Horacio. For the Huayra BC, Horacio and his team have worked extensively on the aerodynamic properties of the car. The many months of study and CFD simulations have defined a form that generates maximum downforce for a performance car like the Huayra BC whilst retaining the unmistakable design language of Pagani.

Even the internal aerodynamics were treated with equal attention, in order to extract the maximum available performance. The air speed has been increased in across all ducts and inlets, ensuring not only the effective cooling of the mechanical components, but critically the evacuation of the air, resulting in a drama- tic reduction of the aerodynamic drag.

The Huayra BC has been completely redesigned and except for the roof does not share a single body panel with the Huayra Coupe-.

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Interior

Less is more - The interior of the Huayra BC was designed with appealing traditional Pagani aesthetics and built with a racing emphasis and weight saving in mind.

An electric parking brake replaces the previous mechanical one, saving on some additional weight.The ste- ering wheel is covered in suede leather for optimum grip. The black anthracite colour is a hallmark of the elements of this performance orientated car.

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