All Pagani Huayra BC And Huayra Roadster in America Are Being Recalled
Recalls happen all the time in the auto industry. What’s rare is when the automaker that’s doing the recall is a niche Italian supercar brand that’s known more for building some of the most gorgeous cars on the planet. But alas, strange things happen in this strange business, which is why, of all auto brands in the world, Pagani is recalling all 2017 MY Huayra BC and Huayra Roadster supercars in the U.S. All 16 of them.
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.
Last Monday, we brought you news that the first U.S. bound Pagani Huayra had been delivered to a customer in the United States. Now it seems like Pagani may have jumped the gun in selling cars on U.S. soil, thanks to a requirement that automakers implement advanced airbags beginning with the 2000 model year. In the past, low volume manufacturers such as Lamborghini and Tesla had been granted an exception to the regulation, which lead Pagani to believe they’d be granted the very same exemption. It was a logical assumption, since Pagani’s production is far less than Lamborghini’s, and Pagani lacks the technical support of Lamborghini’s parent, Volkswagen/Audi.
Pagani learned the hard way what happens when you assume. Ignoring Pagani’s low-volume manufacturer status and limited technical resources, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has denied the automaker’s request, which gives Pagani only two choices: either develop the required airbag system for the Huayra before deliveries can begin, or forgo the U.S. market entirely as they did with their Zonda supercar. Pagani estimates that designing an airbag system to meet NHTSA requirements will cost them some about $5.7 million, which surely means that the price of U.S. spec Huayras will be raised to cover development. That doesn’t bode well for buyers who’ve already put money down on Pagani’s latest, since the best they can hope for is a higher purchase price. The alternative, sadly, is that the U.S. again loses out on the opportunity to experience one of the world’s premier supercars.