The Pagani Huayra Roadster BC Sets Spa-Francorchamps Outright Lap Record
The Pagani Huayra, when it was released, was hailed as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. This is thanks to founder Horatio Pagani and his unrelenting attention to detail, and settling for nothing less than perfection.
Then he perfected the Huayra even more into the Huayra BC, a car that at the time was deemed one of the first non-hybrid hypercars.
This perfectionist attitude is also why, even a year after orders opened and quickly sold out, the Huayra Roadster BC has yet to be delivered to customers. Pagani wanted the Roadster BC to be the perfect car, the perfect track weapon, the perfect road car before customers could experience that perfection.
As described by the team at Pagani themselves, as well as Mr. Pagani, the 4th of September was an emotional day. It was the final day of validation testing on the final Roadster BC prototype, number 6, at one of the fastest, most fearsome, and most awesome tracks on the face of the Earth.
7 kilometers (4.35 miles) of unrelenting tarmac that tests power, handling, aerodynamics, and braking, in the middle of the Stavelot woods in Belgium. It is regarded as the second-best dedicated track that holds track days, falling only behind the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It is home to the single best complex of corners in all of racing, the Eau Rouge/Radillon complex that can see a badly set up car fired off the track into the barriers.
So when Pagani had finished up their actual testing and had a little free time left over during their rental of the track, they texted Mr. Pagani and asked if they could give it the full send around the track. He replied back immediately stating that if it was safe to do so, to go ahead with his blessing.
The result of that short exchange is nothing short of the rawest, most visceral lap outside of dedicated motorsports ever seen at the track.
Every single part of the car worked perfectly. The Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo’s made specifically for the Roadster BC worked flawlessly. The mighty Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12, which puts out a hair under 800 BHP, roared and breathed with the power of an avenging angel. The 7-speed motorsports grade Xtrac single-clutch transmission banged home each gear with ferocity and speed.
As the Roadster BC exited the La Source hairpin at the start of the lap, it charged down towards Eau Rouge, bottoming out as the compression build-up through the right-hand turn, before literally flying over the Radillon crest up the Kemmel straight.
Later on in the lap, the aerodynamic downforce of the Roadster BC is evident as it dances over the short, harsh left of Speaker’s Corner before plummeting down to the double-apex left-hander of Pouhon. A badly set up car would simply not grip and spin-off into the generous runoff outside the second-fastest corner of the track.
After clearing Fagnes, Campus, and Paul Frere corners, the Roadster BC accelerates to one of the fastest corners on any track, the double left-hander of the fearsome Blanchimont.
Surviving that, the Roadster BC climbs the Bus Stop chicane and completes its lap in 2 minutes and 23.08 seconds.
To give an idea of just how ridiculously fast that lap is, the current fastest qualifying lap for GT class cars, such as during the 24 Hours of Spa race, is 2 minutes and 21.52 seconds. From a dedicated race car, a BMW M6 GT3.
Truly, the Huayra Roadster BC is a monster of a car, that also happens to look extremely beautiful while destroying lap records!