Pagani Huayra BC Revealed, Honors The Late Benny Caiola

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Pagani is introducing its first update to the Huayra since the car made its debut in 2011. The update is in the form of a new special edition model that Pagani will build in a limited run of just 20 cars, all of which are already accounted for in case you were wondering. The car is called the Huayra BC, with the “BC” honoring the late Benny Caiola.

Caiola passed away in 2010 at the age of 79. He was born in Italy but moved to the United States when he was just 17. He built up a fortune over the years thanks to his property development business but his real passion was in cars, particularly those from his homeland. Caiola was the very first customer of Pagani and he was also a great inspiration for Pagani founder Horacio Pagani.

We’re sure if he were alive today he would have been impressed with Pagani’s efforts in developing the Huayra BC. For starters, the car is Pagani’s most powerful road car to date. It features the familiar twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 sourced from Mercedes-AMG, but the output has been dialed up to 789 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. That’s up on the regular Huayra’s 720 hp and 738 lb-ft.

The car also benefits from a new seven-speed automated manual transmission from Xtrac. The unit features electro-hydraulic actuation and carbon-fiber synchronizers and is said to shift gears twice as fast as the unit in the regular Huayra. We’re talking just 75 milliseconds here. That may not be as quick as some of the top dual-clutch units, which can change gears in around 50 ms, but according to Pagani its transmission is significantly lighter. The car has a dry weight of 2,685 lb, which incredibly is close to 300 lb lighter than the regular Huayra.

Of course, there are also those unmistakable aerodynamic mods. Aimed mostly at increasing downforce, there are modifications found on every inch of the body apart from the roof of the car. The list includes new splitters, intakes and air channels plus that huge wing at the rear.

Given the combination of more power, more downforce and less weight, the Huayra BC should be putting down some impressive performance numbers. The regular Huayra hits 62 mph from rest in 3.2 seconds and tops out at close to 230 mph. Expect the Huayra BC to improve on those figures.

The Huayra BC makes its world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The show starts March 1 so hopefully we’ll have some performance numbers then. In the meantime, learn about some of the other cars appearing by visiting our dedicated hub.

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