There are always people for whom the best cars are still not quite enough – and that’s why the Pagani Huayra BC was built. With the BC, Pagani managed to turn the already-insane Huayra up to 11. This model was built for track work, with a dizzying array of new performance parts to up the ante on the hypercar world. For anyone curious about the BC initials, they honour Benny Caiola, who was not only famed for his massive Ferrari collection, but was also the very first Pagani customer.
An amazing amount of the car is all new, as a matter of fact. A recalibrated version of the Huayra’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 produces 745 bhp and a stunning 1,100 Nm (810 lb-ft) of torque. Those figures represent improvements of 25 bhp and 100 Nm, respectively. Not only is the power up, but the weight is down: Pagani was able to shave 132 kg off the car’s kerb weight by using a new material called “carbon triax” as well as a new titanium exhaust weighing 4.2 kgs less than the normal one. Lighter wheels and brakes were installed as well. A dry weight of 1218 kg makes it one of the lightest hypercars ever made. The perfectionists at Pagani weren’t even close to done at this point.
The 7-speed Xtrac transmission is all new and manages to cut the already impressive 150 millisecond shift times in half. This sequential manual gearbox uses a single clutch setup, as Pagani felt a dual-clutch gearbox incurs too heavy a weight penalty. A long list of aerodynamic improvements includes a new front bumper and splitter, side skirts, diffuser, and gargantuan rear wing. Not only do these new elements provide extra downforce, but they make the Huayra BC look every bit the track weapon it is. Stepping inside, you will notice a beautiful minimalist interior that still retains the spectacular craftsmanship of the standard Huayra.
Priced at £2.1 million, the Huayra BC was one of the most expensive cars ever sold. And don’t expect to find one for cheap on the used market, either: With only 25 built, this amazingly crafted hypercar is sure to remain a supremely collectible vehicle for as long as humans value automobiles. The late Mr. Caiola would be proud.