Pagani Automobili presents the Huayra R Evo, the new open-top car that enhances the experiences of clients in the Arte in Pista program. Focusing on this exclusive club of track-hypercar owners, the Pagani team explored new stylistic and technical potential, giving rise to an even more thrilling and extreme vehicle.
“The Huayra R and the Arte in Pista program have expanded our clients’ experience with the Pagani brand beyond our wildest dreams, giving a new opportunity to owners of the Zonda R and Zonda Revolución. The demand for the Arte In Pista program, where adrenaline-seekers from around the world meet to share their common passion, led us to think about an addition to the program. It is our pleasure to share the Huayra R Evo with you, pushing the boundaries of performance and emotion even further. Let’s start by removing the roof and take it from there…” Horacio Pagani, Founder & Chief Designer of Pagani Automobili.
In 2021, for the launch of the Huayra R, Pagani Automobili announced the beginning of the new Arte In Pista program, a rich calendar of personalized events allowing owners of the new model, alongside those of the Zonda R and Zonda Revolución, to take it to its highest levels of performance. The essence of Arte in Pista consists of non-competitive track events at the most prestigious FIA circuits in the world, featuring both high-octane sessions and leisurely moments. The format includes a complete track experience and the technical assistance of the Pagani team, including the technical director for data analysis, track engineers and mechanics, and a motorsports physiotherapist and nutritionist. The program’s highlight is the support of professional drivers, who contribute to improving the client’s driving skills.
“I was fortunate to be able to attend all of the Arte in Pista events during 2022 and I am so pleased I made the time to do so. I felt very much part of the Pagani family, and the level of care and organization were extraordinary. I had nothing to worry about, the Pagani team took care of everything, allowing me to focus all my time and energy on my new Huayra R at the amazing circuits we visited. My family and friends were made to feel very welcome, which made the whole experience even more special for me. I feel I should also mention the driver coaching and race mechanics that were there to support each event. Having raced myself in the past, I could appreciate the quality and level of detail. It does feel like you’re part of a professional race team, with data analysis, driver coaching, timing, and physio.” M.R. – Huayra R owner
“The inspiration for the design of the Huayra R Evo struck me during a Formula Indy race in Nashville: as I observed the single-seater cars with their Aeroscreens, the idea of creating a car with protective polycarbonate surfaces and the option to remove the two roof panels to be fully immersed in the allure of the air and the captivating sound of the engine dawned on me. From that moment on, we set out with the goal of creating a beautiful car, subjective as that term may be, harmonious in its lines and strong in its character. The final result is a true descendant of the Huayra R, one of the cars our customers love the most. We also drew inspiration from the elegance of Le Mans cars that graced the tracks in the ’60s and ’70s, including the swift ‘codalunga’ long-tail prototypes.
With these stylistic foundations, we meticulously addressed aerodynamics, design, and every minute detail, adhering to the high standards synonymous with Pagani Automobili and the expectations of our discerning customers. This fascinating project engaged the entire team for approximately two years, involving extensive testing and participation in Arte in Pista events on track. We gathered valuable insights from our customers, collaborating closely with longstanding partners such as Pirelli and Brembo to develop top-tier components for a high-performance and distinctive vehicle like the Huayra R Evo.” Horacio Pagani, Founder & Chief Designer of Pagani Automobili.
Many of the design peculiarities of the Huayra R Evo are evident at first glance: at the front, the team of designers conceived a compact and aerodynamically efficient layout through a sophisticated system of air ducts to manage the optimal distribution of cooling required for brake discs, calipers, and the water radiator. This ducting system is integrated and supported by the supplier, extended forward by 101 mm (approx. 4 inches), featuring a dedicated aerodynamic profile that enhances the car’s capabilities. Alongside it, the double row of flicks on the hood contributes to the aerodynamic load on the front axle, essential for maximum control during corner entry. From the front hood, the sinuous beltline and the shaped side sills enhance the perception of lightness and efficiency, giving rise to a flow system essential for functionality in extreme conditions. It represents a complex fusion of shapes and surfaces that, on one hand, allows the release of air and heat accumulated in the front wheel arches, and on the other hand, contributes to generating an airflow that aerodynamically cleans the rear engine compartment.
These features are complemented by a 190 mm (approx. 7.5 inches) extension at the rear, following the ‘codalunga’ (long-tail) concept. The expansive and gracefully contoured rear hood supports the newly introduced central stabilizing fin and the integrated supports within the wing, featuring metal side flaps reminiscent of iconic designs from the past. The body is completed by a rear extractor that incorporates essential aerodynamic fins to streamline the airflow at the rear of the vehicle. All these developments have also led to an increase in the surface area of the aerodynamic underbody, an aspect carefully considered during the design of every detail of the vehicle and its drivability to ensure it is both extreme and intuitive – whether observed in the pits through the expression of its design or experienced while driving on the most prestigious tracks.
The strategic collaboration between Pagani and HWA AG remains the cornerstone of the Huayra R Evo project, by giving life to the upgraded and enhanced V12-R Evo engine, unleashing all the potential of the new track Hypercar. Equipped with the most modern technology derived from the racing world, the new engine delivers 900 hp (662 kW) at 8,750 rpm with a maximum torque of 770 Nm, which is directly available from 5,800 to 8,2000 rpm. The Huayra R Evo offers great track performance with a redline at 9,200 rpm. HWA AG and Pagani engineers did not solely focus on increasing power; they also intervened in other crucial components, such as the intake manifold. It has been optimized with a new trumpet design and new camshafts to enhance the delicate aspiration process.
Every line and surface of the new Hypercar has been designed to generate the greatest aerodynamic load; at 320 km/h (199 mph), in a lowered setup, the vehicle generates a greater vertical aerodynamic load than its total weight in running order. Achieving this potential required precise balancing, maintaining a distribution of 45% – 55% throughout the entire speed range, and minimizing sensitivity to ground clearance. This design ensures stability during braking and in corners, aided by the contribution of the two movable rear flaps and sophisticated active aerodynamic management strategies. Particularly relevant is the open roof, which enhances aerodynamic efficiency, contrary to expectations. The open-top configuration increases both front and rear vertical load, boosting the total downforce by an additional 5%.
The new cockpit ensures full frontal visibility and introduces a touch of uncommon elegance in track cars: from the inside, lifting the gaze, a play of sinuous lines seamlessly integrates onto the roof structure. This allows for enjoying a meticulously crafted interior even during the most extreme track sessions. The spectacle is accessible for both the right-hand and left-hand seated driver, as the Huayra R Evo can be configured with either driving position. This underscores the exclusivity and distinctive craftsmanship of Pagani.
The Huayra R Evo includes brand new P Zero™ Slick tires, 280/680 R19 in the front and 345/725 R20 in the rear, resulting from a comprehensive development process starting from the structure to withstand demanding dynamic loads. The increased tread width has expanded the performance boundaries of the vehicle and improved durability under intense usage conditions. Specifically developed by Pirelli Motorsport and Pagani Automobili using virtual simulation methodology, similar to the recent Trofeo RS for the road, the Huayra R Evo tires provide maximum precision and a sense of complete control for the gentleman driver. This is achieved through a new type of compound, ensuring exceptional traction during launches and stable braking behavior.