Huayra Codalunga, simply complicated

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With a limited production of just five examples, all sold out to customers and lovers of strong emotions, Huayra Codalunga is the latest exclusive model joining Pagani, the Modenese automotive boutique.

Images courtesy of © Horacio Pagani 

Huayra Codalunga is the latest exclusive model joining Pagani, the Modenese automotive boutique. It is a mix of emotion-laden experiences disclosing Pagani’s cutting-edge technology.

It showcases elegant and sinuous shapes, with a limited production of just five examples, all sold out to customers and lovers of strong emotions and timeless beauty considering the starting price, a whopping € 7 million.

Its compelling story is a tribute to the timeless shapes handcrafted in aluminium alloy by Italian coachbuilders and racing cars of the 60s, when shapes that are still iconic in the automotive industry today were first introduced, enhanced with the know-how of today’s advanced composite materials. It was back in 2018 that Horacio and his team were asked to produce this new model by two passionate Pagani collectors eager to drive a long-tail version of the Pagani Huayra Coupe, featuring an invariably elegant and streamlined design and making a good impression on the roads as well as on display at international Concours events.

It took as much as two years of working closely with the client to finalise the styling concept, resulting in two models being built: one at a 1:4 scale and another full-size. The latter proved crucial for the last refinements to be made before production and assembly of all necessary components got underway. Here is Horacio Pagani’s highly valued ‘Less is more’ philosophy in a nutshell:

“We decided to use the simple linear style of the Huayra Coupé as the starting point. We made the Huayra Codalunga longer and smoother, as if it had been caressed and molded by the wind, to design lines that were even more elegant than the coupe. We drew inspiration from the long tails of the 1960s that raced at Le Mans, which had very clean lines. The Huayra Codalunga comprises very few essential elements; we have taken away rather than added. Simplifying is not at all straightforward, and this vehicle is, above all, the result of a complex pursuit of simple ideas”.

From a technical perspective, underpinning these ideas are an extraordinary Carbo-Titanium monocoque chassis weighing 1,280 kg with a sporty soul, and a rear engine cover having a footprint of more than 3.7 m2, conveniently concealing a mechanical prodigy. In addition, the lack of rear grilles affords an unobstructed view of the Codalunga’s titanium exhaust system (weighing only 4.4 kg), with its special ceramic coating and the symphony that emanates from the signature four tailpipes. The four flaps with variable profiles represent the very latest in active aerodynamics.

Alberto Piccolo, Concept and Interior Designer, underlines aesthetics combined with the craftsmanship of a timeless era: “The colors and materials also recall the cars of the 1960s. The paint on the outside blends into elements of the cockpit while structural parts retain their exposed carbon fiber finish. The artisan touch can also be seen on the internal finishes with woven aged suede leathers”.

Neutral colour scales and semi-matte, opaque paint finishes can be admired, recalling the hues of the past while preserving the car’s simplicity. This concept also plays a role on the inside, where seats are finished with leather/nubuck woven upholstery and components are polished by hand as in the past with skilled craftsmanship and dedication, ensuring an outstanding result combined with modern materials, while allowing major motorsport challenges to be picked up. Work that is still performed today as part of a tradition kept alive by the experts in the centre of the world sports car industry, Italy’s Motor Valley.

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Huayra Codalunga, simply complicated