This is the new Pagani Huayra R, also known as Maximus Supercarus. “The Huayra R, just like the Zonda R, is the freest, most extreme, and performance-oriented Pagani car of all time. The ultimate Huayra may not look different from the non-R version, though this one packs a host of unique features and parts, including a bespoke naturally aspirated V12 engine. Pagani builds the car around a new carbon-titanium monocoque chassis, which uses the engine and transmission as integral parts to increase stiffness and rigidity. Power routes to the rear wheels through a six-speed non-synchronized dog-ring sequential gearbox. A pair of active aero flaps at the rear help the car manage its aerodynamics.
Pagani sources its engines from Mercedes, which supplies the Italian carmaker with naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engines. However, the Huayra R needed something special, so Pagani partnered with HWA AG, Mercedes-Benz’s racing subsidiary, to design and build a bespoke engine. The result is a potent mill that produces 850 horsepower (625 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of torque. That power comes with a screaming 9,000 rpm redline, too, which should result in a downright brutal exhaust note. The company claims the Huayra R will sound like a Formula 1 car of yesteryear. Pagani plans on building just 30 of these track-only Huayra Rs, each costing €2.6m (plus tax) – somewhere around the £2.7m mark in the UK.