Carbon Madness: 2013 Pagani Huayra


In 1992, Argentinian-born Horacio Pagani founded the Italian sports car company Pagani Automobili S.p.A., after spending a number of years managing Lamborghini’s composites division and the restyling of some notable machines. Fast forward a few years and Pagani’s dream of creating the ultimate supercar (at the time named the Fangio F1 in honour of his friend and Formula One legend Juan Manuel Fangio) came true. Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1999, Pagani unveiled a car unlike any other for its time – the Zonda C12. This radically designed $500,000 USD hypercar boasted a 6.0-liter AMG V12 engine putting out 389 bhp and matted to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Soon after its debut, the Zonda received some upgrades including upgraded aero components, gauge cluster, exhaust system, and a new 7.0-liter AMG engine. Fast forward through eight different versions until its final production in 2011 with the “764 Passion”.

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Proving that a supercar dream could come true, Horacio Pagani has done the unthinkable with the Zonda and ruffled feathers through the process. With the benchmark set high, the next generation of Pagani had to be leaps and bounds better than the one which put the boutique Italian supercar maker on the map. After much speculation from journalists and enthusiasts worldwide, news of the successor came way with a debut set for February 2012 in Geneva. The name would be that of “Huayra” after the Incan wind god Huayra-tata, who is said to live in the high Andes mountains. Despite the difficult pronunciation, this new hypercar became the new star by which other makers followed. Shortly after its unveiling, Top Gear Magazine named the Huayra as “The Hypercar of the Year 2012” and that speaks volumes as the replacement to the already legendary Zonda.

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With its gull-wings opened as if it wanted to embrace thee, this new Huayra sat in the showroom of Pfaff Tuning in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. According to Horst Bulau of Pfaff, this exposed carbon beauty is said to be the only one in North America at present and on a demo tour across the country. Priced at $1.8-million CAD, this hypercar is not your average Pagani as it boasts upgraded options from the shopping list of offerings at the San Cesario sul Panaro factory near Modena, Italy. The most obvious of which is the exposed carbon fiber finish on the body, unlike the other the painted variety.

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The cockpit is sheer beauty with incredible craftsmanship and a fusion of art and technology. Aluminum accessories (making it feel like a spaceship) are mixed with a stunning glossy carbon fiber finish. The center console packs a touch screen display that provides the navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and back-up camera view.

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The seating arrangement is a magnificent set of race buckets finished in matching red leather, which is an upgrade option well worth its price. The attention to detail throughout the Huayra’s interior is truly incredible, making it seem more of automotive art rather than the insanely fast race car that it is.

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Tucked just behind the red bucket seats is an upgraded audio system encased in none other than carbon fiber. The upgrade consists of Sonus Faber speakers and amplifier that delivers 1,200 watts of power output in the confined Pagani cabin and the essential weight savings for a race car – it is a Pagani after all. The new audio triples the performance of the standard option and provides a rich audiophile experience unlike any other supercar of its kind.

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Just as you would to a toy car, the Huayra opens up revealing all its glory. Under the wind tunnel tested and styled body are the bare essentials, a carbon-titanium monocoque chassis and front and rear chromemoly subframes. The body is styled for maximum down-force  and air directed to the brakes and rads. On either side behind the front wheels are air outlets for added down-force similar to the underbody channels. Profile wise, this new Pagani is something to behold with perfect proportions and an appearance that screams all-business.

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Under the rear hatch is a suspension system suited to a Formula One car. Matted to the chromemoly subframes are aluminum double-A arm suspension from the Zonda R  and fully ajustable Ohlins coilovers. Letting the hot exhaust gases out from the AMG engine is a gorgeous and extremely light blue-purple titanium exhaust system that weighs in at only 20-pounds and sounds incredible. The sight alone of all these space-age parts are an engineers wet dream and enthusiasts alike!

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The demon inside this carbon creation is a hand built AMG M158 6.0-liter V12 engine that packs two small turbochargers good 700 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. When untapped, the Huayra boasts a 0-60 mph time of 3-seconds and a top speed of 230mph. Making that possible is thanks in part to a seven speed transverse-mounted sequential gearbox built by Xtrac.

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Allowing for 700 raw horsepower to be unleashed, that Huayra rolls on a set of off-size forged bespoke wheels sized at 19-inches front and 20-inches at back. Rubber of choice that of Pirelli P Zero tires in 255/35/19 and massive 35/30/20. Allowing this hypercar to stop quick enough and probably able to tilt the world’s axis are a set of massive 15″ Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with red calipers.

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The rear of the Pagani is as expected with the quad titanium exhaust canons sticking out, carbon diffuser, and the twin independent flaps for cornering / braking. An added option to this particular carbon clad monster is that of a rear-view camera located above the center brake light. From the moment one’s eyes are layed on the Zonda’s successor it is clear that the heritage still exists despite the brand’s youthful age. With a mix of Argentinian passion, Italian craftsmanship, and German power this is one supercar that will always remain an iconic to gear heads and gentleman aficionados.

A big thank you to everyone at Pfaff Tuning including Mark Basili and Horst Bulau for their hospitality and this opportunity.

For inquiries about this 2013 Pagani Huayra or others, please contact:

Horst Bulau
33 Auto Park Circle
Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
L4L 8R1

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

The Specs

Pfaff Automotive Partners (for Pagani Automobili)
Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
2013 Pagani Huayra
720bhp@ 6300 rpm, 738 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm.
Power to Weight: 0.52 bhp / kg
Weight: 1350 kg / 2976.2 lbs
Top Speed: 370 km/h (230 mph)
0-60 mph: 3.3 seconds
1/4 mile: 10.26 seconds
Price: Est. $1,800,000 (CAD)


– Exposed finished carbon fibre body panels (Upgrade Option)


– Carbon fibre monocoque with chromoly subframes front and rear
– Full red leather interior (Upgrade Option)

In Car Entertainment

– Sonus Faber audio system (Upgrade Option)
– Back-up camera (Option)

Wheels | Tires | Brakes | Suspension

– (F) 19″ Aluminum by Pagani
– (R) 20″ Aluminum by Pagani

– (F) 255/35/19 Pirelli P Zero
– (R) 335/30/20 Pirelli P Zero

– Brembo Carbon Ceramic Discs (all around)

– Double wishbones, push-rod actuated Ohlins coil springs and dampers

Engine / Drivetrain

– Mercedes-Benz AMG M158 5,980cc, twin-turbocharged, 60º V12
– Pagani / XTrac 7 speed Semi-Automatic
– Rear wheel drive

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