Pagani wanted the Huayra R to be one of the most beautiful track cars ever made.
The Pagani Huayra R is easily the most radical version of the Italian automaker's hypercar to date. It's so extreme that it can only be tamed on a race track. At its heart is a 6.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine producing 838 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, while racing-inspired components such as new side air intakes, a roof scoop with a center fin, and a huge rear wing that helps the Pagani's track weapon generates 2,204 pounds of downforce at 199 mph, make it obvious this Huayra is not road legal.
In the latest episode of a video series chronicling the car's development, company founder Horacio Pagani talks us through the design of the Huayra R and the decisions that were made to optimize the aerodynamics without sacrificing the aesthetics.
"When you create this sort of racetrack-inspired car where the technical part, downforce, and dynamics of the vehicle are certainly important, you may tend to neglect the aesthetic issues and concentrate on functionality, which is what happens to race cars in the majority of cases. But that's not our DNA," Pagani explained.
Pagani wanted to preserve the road-going hypercar's beautiful sweeping lines in the R version and reveals that the design was inspired by the Porsche 917, one of the most iconic Le Mans racers from the 1960s and 1970s. Since it lacked the downforce of modern cars, the Porsche 917 was unstable and dangerous, but Pagani ran simulations and aerodynamic tests to ensure the Huyara R is safe to drive at the limit.
When designing the Huayra R, the windshield was repositioned, a scoop with a center fin was added to the roof to optimize airflow, and a V-shaped deflector was added to channel air to the engine bay while also functioning as a wheel arch. Pagani also admits that the aluminium rear wing is "blatantly reminiscent" of the Porsche 917. But Pagani still felt something was missing.
To separate the cockpit from the body, a cavity was added to make it look like the cockpit was added at the top of the car - a design concept he dreamed up 50 years ago but had not implemented until now.