Italian car manufacturer Pagani Automobili has cited the NTT IndyCar Series and its pioneering aeroscreen driver safety device as a creative influence with the design of its new Huayra R Evo hypercar model. The limited-edition V12-powered screamer is expected to cost north of $3 million once final pricing is set.
“The inspiration for the design of the Huayra R Evo struck me during a Indy race in Nashville,” said company founder and chief designer Horacio Pagani. “As I observed the single-seater cars with their aeroscreens, the idea of creating a car with protective polycarbonate surfaces and the option to remove the two roof panels to be fully immersed in the allure of the air and the captivating sound of the engine, dawned on me,”
“From that moment on, we set out with the goal of creating a beautiful car, subjective as that term may be, harmonious in its lines and strong in its character. The final result is a true descendant of the Huayra R, one of the cars our customers love the most.”
Pagani says the Huayra R Evo features a 50-percent increase in downforce through a blend of IndyCar and Le Mans prototype aerodynamic concept applications.
“We also drew inspiration from the elegance of Le Mans cars that graced the tracks in the ’60s and ’70s, including the swift ‘codalunga’ long-tail prototypes,” he said. “With these stylistic foundations, we meticulously addressed aerodynamics, design, and every minute detail, adhering to the high standards synonymous with Pagani Automobili and the expectations of our discerning customers.
“This synergy resulted in optimal aerodynamic performance while ensuring safe and predictable behavior under all conditions. As a result, there is an incredible 45-percent increase in downforce and a 21-percent increase in aerodynamic efficiency with the same resistance.
“Particularly relevant is the open roof, which enhances aerodynamic efficiency, contrary to expectations. The open-top configuration increases both front and rear vertical load, boosting the total downforce by an additional five percent.”