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The Pagani Huayra Roadster Is Even Safer Than What Computers Predicted

Doesn't mean owners should try to roll it over.

It took Horacio Pagani a total of seven years to complete the Huayra Roadster, which just had its live debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Obviously the idea started off as simply removing the Huayra coupe’s roof and swapping out the gullwing for conventional doors, but this is Pagani we’re talking about here; every single body panel was redesigned. Weight is also a consideration, and Horacio Pagani didn’t want the Huayra Roadster’s performance to suffer.

So the guy innovated, and came up with a titanium-laced carbon fiber weave, called (appropriately so) carbo-titanium. But removing the roof of any vehicle poses a safety concern. However, the Huayra Roadster amazed Pagani because the final product turned out to be safer than computer models indicated. “That surprised us,” Mr. Pagani explained to us on the sidelines of Geneva. “The car is unbelievably safe. I was stunned about this. How rigid it is. This is partially because of the new material (carbo-titanium),” Pagani continued. “Not only did the computers tell us the car is safe, but the homologation crash tests proved this.”

And because last year’s Huayra BC coupe served as the unofficial Roadster prototype, “All of the powertrain, transmission, brakes, engine, shock absorbers and their geometry were already in place, but were further developed for the Roadster.” We already learned from Mr. Pagani that his next project will be the Huayra BC Roadster, just don’t expect him to slice that gorgeous hypercar’s roof off and call it a day; he’ll design and engineer the crap out of it until everything is perfect. It’s the Pagani way.

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