The 2019 instalment of the world famous Geneva Motor Show is currently ongoing, and as expected there are hundreds of the worlds auto manufacturers present with some unveiling their newest models while others are showing off their latest and greatest vehicles, concept cars and even vehicle technology. So far the Geneva Motor Show has treated the global automotive community to some of the latest, most technologically advanced and fastest vehicles to date, but it is the world of the electric vehicle that seems to be getting most of the attention at this years Geneva Motor Show.
However, where there are new vehicles being unveiled, concept cars being showcased and the latest automotive technology being explained, there is usually a lot of rumours/reports doing their rounds regarding many different auto manufacturers at any given time. One such report that has surfaced recently via the 2019 Geneva Motor Show concerns Italian exotic auto manufacturer Pagani and the stunning Pagani Huayra, because quite a few motoring publications are now reporting that Pagani is currently working on and preparing the replacement for their current offering, the Pagani Huayra.
As any petrolhead or Pagani enthusiast will no doubt know, the Pagani Huayra is the successor to the legendary Pagani Zonda and it has been with us since 2012. However, in the last seven years Pagani have produced just 100 Huayra Coupe’s, thus completing production of the Huayra Coupe. Ever since, the Italian auto manufacturer has been building the 100 planned examples of the Huayra Roadster and working on the more hardcore, limited edition Pagani Huayra Roadster BC. If anything the Pagani Huayra still looks fantastic and it has the performance and technology to match it’s good looks, but the grim reality is, seven years and counting is quite a long time especially in hypercar years so I am not surprised that Pagani are getting their Huayra replacement ready.
To start things off, Pagani have given the Huayra’s replacement the internal code “C10” and according to Pagani the “C10” will be offered in two very different forms when it is launched. At this point you are probably thinking that these two very different forms are a Coupe and Roadster version, but you would be wrong, very wrong. According to Pagani, when launched the company will offer the “C10” with a traditional Mercedes-AMG sourced twin-turbocharged V12 engine which will be paired to a conventional manual transmission as standard and this is what I wanted to hear. Unfortunately, it gets worse because Pagani have also confirmed that when launched, the “C10” will be offered with a full electric powertrain, yes you did read that correctly.
As the “C10” is currently still in development, Pagani are keeping very tight lipped about everything else so we don’t really know what to expect from the finished product. However that got me thinking, Pagani’s have always been incredibly lightweight in order to maximise the overall power and performance, but with the added weight of the battery packs for the all electric version of the “C10” weighing it down, can the all electric “C10” deliver the power and performance one expects from a Pagani? Are Pagani heading down a slippery slope with an all electric hypercar, and will the all electric version of the Pagani “C10” ruin Pagani’s reputation of passion, performance and speed? Unfortunately these are questions that I can’t answer yet and we will just have to wait and see what Pagani has planned for us regarding their upcoming electric hypercar.
However I can tell you this, in order to compensate for the added weight of the battery packs, I am pretty sure that both versions of the “C10” will be smothered in lightweight materials like carbon fiber, aluminium and titanium. Of course this is good news for the version sporting the Mercedes-AMG twin-turbocharged V12 engine as less weight usually means more power which ultimately results in a higher top speed. However, according to Christopher Pagani, son of founder Horacio Pagani “There have been no existing or prospective customers asking for a full-electric car. No dealer is asking for it, but we believe in it. We believe that this is going to be a big challenge for us; it’s going to help us to be very creative, to be very proactive, to use fantasy. It’ll be a very expensive project, but we believe it is the right thing to do.”
Staying with the Mercedes-AMG sourced twin-turbocharged V12 engine, according to Pagani the V12 powered version of the “C10” will not feature any kind of hybrid technology or electrification, instead it will just be good old V12 power. Due to the input from the AMG engineers, it is believed that the powertrain will meet the strictest emissions regulations, including California’s standards, which means it can be imported into the United States of America without the need of obtaining a “Show & Display” permit which is needed for McLaren’s space age Speedtail.
However, with roughly 70 percent of Pagani’s clients opting for a conventional manual transmission it makes alot of sense to equip the “C10” with a conventional manual transmission. As expected, Pagani will also offer the “C10” with a dual clutch, paddle shift transmission as an optional extra. So then, on paper the Pagani “C10″ sounds like the ultimate hypercar, except for the all electric part of course. However, with electric vehicles being forced upon auto manufacturers by numerous governments, it was only a matter of time until Pagani bit the proverbial bullet. Of course, this is sad news for the exotic car enthusiast as Pagani were one of the last exotic auto manufacturers that I would have expected to go all electric. According to Pagani the “C10” will most likely be ready for production in 2021 or even 2022, so we still have a few years left to enjoy the stunning Huayra.
Steve & Chris Parry are contributors from stevespeedza.blogspot.com