Saturday, November 28, 2020

Pagani Huayra BC

Stopped by Pagani Tokyo in Akasaka today to take some photos of the only (I believe) Huayra BC in Japan.

Limited to 20 examples, this was a performance oriented version of the Huayra - the second model produced by Pagani and successor of the mighty Zonda. 

The initials “BC” stand for Benny Caiola, Pagani’s very first customer. Horacio decided to dedicate him this variant as an homage to their friendship after he passed away in 2010.

Curious how a manufacturer has pretty much become one of the most prestigious marques in the world by producing only 2 models in 20 years.

But anybody who has been lucky enough to witness first hand the craftsmanship and sheer sculpture of a Pagani won’t be surprised to learn about their success.

The attention to detail is incredible: everything just looks so much better than one would expect from any automotive-grade material. And the quality of the paint is by far the best I’ve ever seen on a car.

The carbon weave is quite unique, too, definitely way thicker than most manufacturers and really looks like it has been hand-woven, as each thread is beautiful, yet slightly irregular.

The way every panel matches with each other is a work of art, something that Pagani pioneered in the early 90’s with the first fully-exposed carbon body Zonda.

Unfortunately most owners tend to overcomplicate things when it comes to specs and most Pagani are often overdone in the name of a “1 of 1” badge (and possibly, some internet kudos).

This specific example was actually quite nice, but I think the red stripes are out of place and it would have looked much better with a bright silver or a different shade of blue instead.

Living in Tokyo I am as jaded as they come when it comes to exotics, but if there is one brand that truly deserve the definition of “art on wheels”, that is Pagani. The only complain I have is that it looks like I won’t be specc'ing mine anytime soon...

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time.

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