The Expensive Material Behind the Huayra’s Incredible Speed

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While much of the Pagani Huayra’s speed comes down to innovative design, one material used in its Formula 1-inspired monocoque is crucial.The first special edition was the Pagani Huayra Carbon Edition, along with the White Edition.It features a full carbon fiber build on the wheels, body, and most of the interior, hence the “carbon” part of the name.

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The interior features red leather wrapping and carbon fiber inserts. The specifications are the same as the standard Huayra.This 764hp, 1000Nm luxury-packed roadster weighs just 1280kg. That’s 80kg lighter than the Huayra Coupe which, as Pagani points out, “was already the lightest hypercar on sale at the time.”

The company has achieved this by using materials that redefine the term exotic. In particular, it has made prodigious use of carbo-titanium, a material it essentially invented and one made up of titanium and carbon fibre woven together, plus another composite creation — Carbo Triax HP52.

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These materials have made the car 52% stronger than the coupe — to make up for the loss of rigidity that comes from removing the roof — but without adding a single gram of extra weight.

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