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Traditionally, convertible versions of sports cars are heavier and slightly slower, so creating a Roadster that was lighter than its corresponding Coupe was an ambitious goal for Pagani from the outset of the project. To achieve this, the Pagani engineering team refined the development of carbo-titanium and combined it with Carbo-Triax HP52, a new form of composite material developed specifically for the Huayra Roadster. e result is a 176-pound weight reduction over the Huayra Coupe, and an increase in the frame's torsional rigidity, which is a significant factor in improving the handling necessary for precise operation of a hypercar such as this. "Engaging in such a challenge, to make just 100 cars, has meant an impressive effort for a company like ours, from a technical, human, and economic point of view," Pagani stated. A 12-cylinder Mercedes-AMG M158 engine built specifically for Pagani delivers 754 horsepower at 5500 RPM. Although the company has yet to release an official 0-60mph time, it has been widely reported to be just under three seconds, with a top speed around 230mph, placing the Roadster squarely among the world's fastest cars. Turbines have been developed to provide an immediate throttle response with no delay, providing the driver with full control of the vehicle. Power and torque are regulated by a new seven-speed AMT gearbox that incorporates a hydraulic and electronic activation system combined with new carbon synchronizers to deliver seamless, precision shifting. e electronic differential facilitates adaption to all possible driving conditions. Since the release of Zonda F in 2006, Pagani cars, in partnership with Brembo, have attained some of the shortest recorded stopping distances for 100-0 and 200-0. For the Huayra Roadster, Brembo developed 380mm ventilated carbon- ceramic rotors that are gripped by six-piston calipers in front and four-pistons at the rear. To house the brakes, Pagani teamed up with another motoring industry titan–Pirelli–to design and sculpt a specific rubber for the Huayra Roadster tires. e new Pirelli PZero Corsa tires measure 21-inches at the rear and 20-inches up front, and are capable of (according to Pagani) enabling 1.80g of lateral grip. Developed along with Horacio Pagani, the tire displays an "HP" logo on its shoulder. It seems that even with a base price of approximately $2.5 million, getting your hands on a Huayra Roadster means acting as quick as the car is fast; as of press time all 100 cars scheduled to be built have been spoken for. sl 64

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