Okay, it's not quite what we were expecting either.
At long last, the Pagani Huayra R has been revealed. With 838 horsepower from a bespoke V12 engine, this track-only hypercar is set to become one of the greatest celebrations of the internal combustion engine ever made. It will live on long beyond its limited production too, thanks to the fact that the lessons learned in developing the Huayra R will be applied to Pagani's next C10 hypercar. But enough talk - we want to see and hear this thing go. Fortunately, Pagani has indulged us with a new video of the Huayra R at Imola, but sadly, it's a digital rendering.
As the video's title highlights, this is a car built to conquer racetracks and nothing else. It will never be legally driven on a public road and its engine will not be fitted to future Pagani road cars. That doesn't mean that we can't enjoy the sights and sounds of the super special supercar, even if the images are digitally rendered. If anything, this video only whets our appetite for naturally aspirated engines further, and although it's unlikely that any of us will ever get the opportunity to helm one of these works of art in any setting other than a video game, we're still ecstatic that the car exists at all.
In the future, the time will undoubtedly come when Pagani must convert to electrification in order to survive, but if people continue to show an interest in cars like this--cars that break the rules because they make their own--then the internal combustion engine may still be a feasible exercise in the decades to come.
Either way, we hope Pagani releases more footage in the future, preferably of the realistic type. And if that footage includes more gratuitous burnouts and more 9,000-rpm noise, then we'll rest easy knowing that we got to experience the Huayra R, even if only from behind a screen.