In March 2021 Pagani revealed it would be building a track-only version of its Huayra supercar with a naturally aspirated V-12 in place of the road car’s twin-turbo unit. Dubbed the Huayra R, it’s the direct successor to the absolutely outrageous Zonda R of the late 2000s. Now thanks to these latest spy videos from tests at Monza in Italy, we get to hear that 6.0-liter engine at full-tilt for the first time. And it is glorious.
Pagani partnered with HWA to design the motor, which makes 850 hp at 8250 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque between 5500 and 8300 rpm. It and the six-speed sequential gearbox are stressed members of the chassis, bolted directly to the car’s bespoke carbon fiber monocoque. Videos from the NM2255 (above) and 19Bozzy92 (below) YouTube channels offer up plenty of flybys, downshifts, and full-throttle V-12 wailing coming from those four iconically mounted exhaust pipes. You’re going to want to turn the volume up for this.
The company itself released a video on Instagram of the Huayra R lapping Mugello, another circuit in Italy, showing off the engine’s intoxicating noise. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.