Italian supercar builder Pagani recently announced a successor to the bonkers Huayra will arrive by 2025 with an manual transmission on offer. There will also be an all-electric hypercar accompanying it. But details are scarce and most people don’t seems to care about EVs unless they’re built in Fremont, California, so we’ll gloss over it for now.
The Huayra successor is said to persist with a twin-turbo engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG. But the unit itself will be entirely new. Company founder Horacio Pagani also said the model will come with a manual option to meet the massive demand from Pagani customers who like to row their own gears. But you’ll have to wait for years before you can bask in its glory — likely from afar, unless you’re incredibly wealthy. Luckily, the manufacturer has an ace up its sleeve to help stave off your hypercar hunger: a collapsible soft top for the roadster version of the Huayra!
“Creating the reserve soft top for the Huayra Roadster was a real technical challenge,” explained Horacio Pagani, chief designer at Pagani Automobili.”Our goal was to provide customers with a folding roof solution, one that takes up minimal space when stored in the car. The soft top was conceived as a lightweight, resistant tensostructure, in which every single element contributes to carrying out the overall function through tension.”
Alright, so that definitely isn’t as exciting as a new ultra-exotic road monster. The big news was clearly Papa Pagani telling elTres TV that there would be two new cars by 2025. But the origami-like soft top is somewhat interesting. If you’ve ever watched the hardtop being removed from the Huayra Roadster, it is not the most graceful of actions. It’s also best accomplished by two people working in tandem or one person who really likes swearing.
Most importantly, it can be folded to a point that makes in-car storage a genuine possibility. While the model already had a carbon and cloth roof that can be wadded up and placed in the car, Pagani says the new version allows fabric to fold into the structural frame — ensuring longevity and making it look less crummy when it’s placed back on the vehicle.
[Images: Pagani Automobili]
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