Would you expect anything less in a Pagani?
One year ago, Pagani revealed the gorgeous Huayra Roadster, limited to just 100 examples, all of which have been sold, at a price of $2.5 million each. Unlike most other open variants of coupes, this one weighs less than the hardtop Huayra. More precisely, 176 pounds less. A combination of brilliant design and engineering is the reason why, as well as the choice of material. In order to have the best quality soft top possible, Pagani brought in fellow Italian firm Dainese, more widely known for manufacturing protective gear for motorcyclists.
Pagani says the soft top’s styling was inspired by, not at all surprisingly, the first flying machine designed by none other than Leonardo Da Vinci, one of founder Horacio Pagani’s heroes. The top is made from a combination of components in what’s described by Pagani has a “highly elastic carbon fiber modulus” developed in-house. It’s then connected by aluminum and titanium billet joints that stretch the technical fabric developed by Dainese. This material is quite innovative, composed of different layers made of refined material and waterproof technology. The overall goal was to achieve the right balance between flexibility and resistance.
The soft top lowers in an Origami fashion as it closes in on itself by following the folds of the structural members. This not only ensures the durability of the fabric over time, but also reduces the amount of storage space required to a minimum. “Creating the emergency soft top for the Huayra Roadster was a real technical challenge,” said Horacio Pagani. “Our goal was to provide customers with a folding roof solution, which could take up minimal space when stored in the car. The soft top was conceived as a lightweight, resistant tensioned structure, in which every single element contributes to carrying out the overall function through its tension.”