The track-only hypercar takes inspiration from Indy and Le Mans racing and is considerably more extreme than the "regular" R.
Although Pagani replaced the Huayra with the Utopia back in 2022, the Italian atelier continues to churn out special editions based on past hits, and following the arrival of the Imola Roadster last year, Pagani has now presented the Huayra R Evo, an open-top longtail evolution of the "regular" Huayra R.
As is Pagani's custom, a monstrous V12 motivates the beast, here generating 888 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. With the rear extended by 190 millimeters (roughly 7.5 inches), this becomes a codalunga (longtail), but because Horacio already gave that name to a very exclusive masterpiece, this is simply described as an evolution of the Huayra R.
But there's nothing simple about it.
The previous Huayra R arrived in 2021 with a bespoke engine built by HWA, and that company has again been heavily involved. The 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 weighs just 436 pounds and develops peak power at 8,250 rpm. Maximum torque is on offer from 5,800-8,200 rpm, with the redline at 9,200 rpm. The regular R hit its limiter 200 rpm sooner and had a slightly different torque profile, but for the Evo, new intake trumpets and camshafts have been fitted. The same six-speed sequential transmission built by HWA carries over, which makes sense since it's exclusive to the Huayra range.
More power is always good, but buyers also benefit from the Class A carbon fiber that Pagani developed for the magical Utopia. The result? Pagani claims a 38% increase in stiffness at the same weight. If we were talking steel versus carbon fiber, that figure would have been impressive, but hypercar carbon fiber versus Huayra R Evo carbon fiber? The difference is almost unfathomable.
This is despite the fact that the front splitter was extended by 101 mm. Add the extended longtail, and this car is nearly 12 inches longer than the regular Huayra. As a result, downforce has increased by 45%, and aerodynamic efficiency has gone up by 21% with the same resistance. Moreover, at 320 km/h (199 mph), this body makes more downforce than the entire car weighs.
Interestingly, those removable roof panels (whose conception came after Horacio attended a Formula Indy race in Nashville) do not detract from these impressive downforce figures - in fact, the open top increases downforce by 5%. Helping support these increased demands is a new heave damper, which is effectively what the Triplex system employed by Koenigsegg is, and upgraded Brembo CCM-R carbon-ceramic brakes. The new stoppers provide a 14% increase in the braking area on the discs and pads, while new Pirelli P Zero slicks (280/680 R19 in front and 345/725 R20 at the rear) boast a new compound developed specifically for use here. Both wet and dry versions are available, and although this is a track car, Pagani wants buyers to be truly comfortable, offering both lefthand-drive and RHD versions of the car.
Images of the cabin have not been provided (in fact, all images supplied are virtual renders), but the foam-padded seats will be covered in a fireproof material. Other safety considerations include six-point harnesses, carbon headrests, and lateral buffers for your head.
Pricing and production numbers have not been revealed, but you can be sure that wealthy enthusiasts will be lining up for the opportunity. With just under 2,337 lbs of weight, rear-wheel drive, a top speed of 218 mph, and no turbos anywhere to be found, this is the kind of car you'll want to drive until your ears bleed.
In something that draws inspiration from Le Mans racers of the 20th century, the idea of driving until it hurts sounds like just our brand of sadomasochism.