Italian automaker Pagani Automobili has cited the NTT IndyCar Series and its advanced aeroscreen driver safety device as a creative influence on the design of its new Huayra R Evo hypercar model. The limited-edition V12-powered screamer is expected to cost north of $3 million after final pricing.
“The inspiration for the design of the Huayra R Evo struck me during the Indy race in Nashville,” said company founder and chief designer Horacio Pagani. “As I observed single-seaters with aero screens, the idea of creating a car with protective polycarbonate surfaces and the option to remove the two roof panels to fully absorb the allure of the air and the enthralling sound of the engine hit me.”
“From that moment on, we set out to create a beautiful car with harmonious lines and strong character, however subjective that term may be. The end result is a true descendant of one of our customers’ favorite cars, the Huayra R.”
Pagani says the Huayra R Evo increases downforce by 50 percent through a mix of IndyCar and Le Mans prototype aerodynamic concept applications.
“We were also inspired by the elegance of the Le Mans cars that graced the tracks in the ’60s and ’70s, including the fast ‘codalunga’ long-tail prototypes,” he said. “With these stylistic foundations, we paid attention to 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 in 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 drag.
“Contrary to expectations, the open roof, which increases aerodynamic efficiency, is particularly relevant. The open-top configuration increases both front and rear vertical load and increases overall downforce by an additional five percent.”