If you’ve the equivalent of €5.5 million squander and you’re looking for a fast and rare automobile that no one else in town is likely to have, Horacio Pagani may have just what you’re looking for. The Argentine-Italian car builder’s Huayra hypercar, named for the Inca god of wind, may be almost 10 years old and inching towards the end of its tiny production run (though Pagani’s been saying that for some time), but there’s still time for one – and doubtless several – more special edition before the company pulls the plug. And the just-announced Huayra Tricolore, three of which are being built as a tribute to the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic team, certainly looks the part.
Inspired by the team’s Aermacchi MB339A aircraft and with a body – made entirely of advanced composites, no less – decked out in a similar livery of translucent blue carbon with a red, white and green tricolore running almost its entire length, this Huayra roadster is a worthy homage in every respect. The wheels reference the vanes in a turbojet engine intake, while the car’s rear-wing supports recall the aircraft’s vertical stabiliser.
Beneath the bodywork is a supremely strong and rigid chassis built from carbo-titanium and carbo-triax HP62, while the bespoke 6-litre V12 engine, built exclusively for Pagani by Mercedes-AMG, produces an astonishing 829bhp and an even more massive 1,100Nm, the latter from as low as 2,000rpm. Of course, the car won’t go twice as fast as the aircraft it honours, which can streak through the skies at speeds approaching 900km/h. Nonetheless, with a maximum that’s probably in excess of 350 and a zero-100km/h time of around 2.5 seconds, you can rest assured that you’ll by flying.
No doubt all three of these extra-special Paganis (though is there one that isn’t?) have been snapped up already – that is, if they weren’t sold even before the car was announced. But if your heart is really set on one of Horacio’s magnificent motor cars and you have HK$50 million-plus burning a hole in your pocket, you should definitely give him a call. We’re sure he’d be more than happy to extend the Huayra’s production run at least one more time.