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JUL-AUG 2017

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Pagani's Huayra Coupe ushered in a new era of hypercars when it was unveiled to the public at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. An alluring combination of speed and spellbinding aesthetics, the Huayra Coupe, named after Huayra-tata, the "Father of Wind" in Incan culture, raised the bar for a performance-based technology mated with a lightweight build, resulting in the highest lateral acceleration ever seen on a car with road tires. The company launched a Huayra Roadster project in 2010 with the simple intent of creating a Huayra Coupe with a removable roof and conventional doors, as they did for their Zonda Roadster in 2003. ree years into the project, the design was scrapped in favor of creating a car independent of its predecessor and a standout in its own right. "If we think of the Huayra Coupe as a personification of elegance and timeless lines, the Huayra Roadster was to be the rebellious sister, shapely and beautiful, but with a sharp edge for those who are careless," said Horacio Pagani, the Argentine-born founder of Pagani Automobili S.p.A., which is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy. Formally unveiled this past February at the Geneva Motor Show, every detail of the Coupe has been developed from the ground up with its own unique design language and in direct symmetry with aerodynamic requirements to create a work of art on wheels. e cars skeletal composition, meaning that nearly every mechanical part is visible, sets it apart from most modern supercars, and ensures that even the smallest working component has been designed to be both beautiful and functional. Two options replace the fixed roof: one is crafted from carbon fiber with a central glass panel to mimic the look of a coupe with the freedom of a convertible, the other is a fabric soft top able to be stored inside the Roadster and installed in "just a few simple steps". slmag.net 63

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