When the Pagani Huayra came to be it was as radical as it gets. Yet Pagani has found a way to make the radical Huayra seem mundane, simply by evolving it. The new Huayra BC is here and it’s the rarest version of the Huayra to date.
I remember the first time I saw the Huayra appearing on Top Gear back in 2013. It was Pagani’s first successor to the infamous Zonda. That’s a hard act to follow, so at the time it seemed Pagani had pulled out all the stops. Yet now we know, there is more to be had. Pagani loves to do special editions. Seriously, I think they may have a problem. If you look back over the Zonda timeline you will see 19 different special editions (if you include the 760 series), which is an absurd amount of variations. Yet that is part of their crazy Italian charm.
So what makes the special edition Huayra BC so… special. Short answer, everything. Yet for the long answer we must dive oh so much deeper. Where is a better place to start than the engine? Well, its the same 6-liter AMG V-12 running twin turbos. The result is a 720hp and 738ft-lbs of torque in standard trim, but for the BC were looking at a new high of 830hp and 810ft-lbs. That upgraded power goes a long way, especially when you consider how much lighter the BC is over the stock Huayra.
Speaking of lighter, it’s worth mentioning the all new seven-speed automated manual transmission engineered and built by Xtrac. This all new unit features carbon-fiber synchros, a new electrohydraulic actuation system, and a heavily revised clutch. Combined with an all-new electronically controlled differential the performance is said to be greatly improved as well as being 40% lighter than stock.
And the weight savings don’t stop there, next on the docket is the suspension. Pagani made some pretty extreme claims about their suspension, even saying, “the lightest and most effective [suspension] ever applied to a road-going high-performance vehicle.” They accomplished this by using HIForg aluminum components. These lightweight aeronautic aluminum components are said to save up to 25% over stock. While the suspension is lighter it’s also slightly higher tech, gaining a track mode as well as the existing comfort and sport settings. Tacked onto that lightweight suspension are a set of 20inch front and 21inch rear lightweight forged wheels wrapped in P Zero Corsa tires. Combine that with the 15inch carbon ceramic discs and the BC has a stance that is unparalleled by any supercar I’ve ever seen.
If that weren’t enough for you, I guess we can touch on the spectacular carbon fiber body. The BC in question is an absolute masterpiece. Even the type of carbon fiber used is new, with Pagani stating that it is 50% lighter and 20% stiffer than your standard carbon. Not sure what ‘standard carbon’ is, but I don’t want it anymore. Give me super carbon! The BC also only shares its roof panel with the stock Huayra, with the rest being changed for better aerodynamics and of course, weight reduction. As a matter of fact, Pagani is adamant that the BC is no ordinary special edition saying, “not just a ‘restyling’ of the Huayra, but a product that includes innovative changes in every part of the vehicle.”
So how much weight does the BC save over the standard Huayra? With all the numbers Pagani has thrown around you would expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-40% lighter than stock, and if you assumed that you would be completely and utterly wrong. Sorry. But all of this lightweight witchcraft only gets you just about 10% lighter. Or around 300lbs if you prefer to say it that way. Either way it seems to be an anti-climatic number when said out loud. It’s a shame really. Because saving that much weight over a technical marvel like the original Huayra is no easy feat, it’s actually rather impressive. And when you sprinkle in the fact that Pagani added more power it’s easy to see how the BC can be so much faster.
So you want to buy one eh? Too bad. Even if you have the clean 2.4-million dollars sitting around waiting for your very own special edition Pagani, the 20 units of the BC are already sold out. It’s almost too easy for Pagani. But cheer up, because word is you can still order the BC Roadster, but I would act fast.
I think my favorite part of the entire BC line is the name. See, BC doesn’t just stand for some silly acronym. Instead it’s the initials of a very important person to Pagani’s founder, Horacio Pagani. BC stands for Benny Caiola, who was a dear friend of Mr. Pagani. He was even the first customer of Pagani’s. He had one of the world’s most extensive Ferrari collections, and managed to inspire Horacio Pagani to build the spectacular cars that we know and love today. The Huayra BC is a fitting tribute to a dear friend, its nice to see a special edition with so much meaning behind it.