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850-horspower Pagani Huayra R is the brand's most extreme hypercar ever

The Pagani Huayra R is a track-ready lightweight beast.

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Limits, schmimits. The Pagani Huayra R is the most extreme expression of power and performance the boutique automaker has ever put on a track. It begs to be pushed to the limit, giving in exchange the type of wheeled freedom that is terrifyingly delightful.

Pagani says that the Huayra R is the modern embodiment of the Le Mans and World Sports-Prototype Championship cars of the 1960s and 1970s. "Today's racing cars are focused exclusively on aerodynamics and are largely the product of the wind tunnel. In the 60s and 70s, however, the cars were very fast, certainly dangerous, but beautiful," said Horacio Pagani, founder of Pagani Automobili S.p.A.

"Prototype sports cars like the Ferrari P4 or the Ford GT40, or the Le Mans cars, had extremely attractive lines, which are still a huge source of inspiration for our cars today. The Porsche 917 is my favourite, with its romantic yet bold shape, which gives the impression of a very fast car. It is beautiful, elegant and timeless. From this desire for freedom, and from the experience of the Zonda R and the cars of the past, came the idea of the Huayra R, like a breath of fresh air."

Pagani Huayra R

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The Hauyra R picks up where the Zonda R left off. It incorporates elements of the past, present, and future. And, it's made to measure, including its engine. The Pagani V12-R, a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, is the beating heart of the Hauyra R. It was not based on any production model and is the lightest, most powerful and efficient track-ready V12 ever created. Pagani pairs the engine with a six-speed sequential gearbox. The powertrain delivers 850 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

"The new engine had to have the charm, romance, sound and simplicity of the F1 engines of the 1980s, while incorporating state-of-the-art technology available today," said Pagani.

The monocoque is manufactured using the latest composite technologies developed by the Atelier including Carbo-Titanium HP62-G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62. The car's seats are fully incorporated. The front frame is made of chrome-molybdenum alloy steel. The rear frame has an integrated structure with the powertrain unit. The car has a dry weight of 2314 pounds.

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Pagani has designed the car to achieve 2204 pounds of downforce at 199 mph. There are two additional air intakes on the car than what is usual for the Hauyra to aid with cooling. A roof scoop with an integrated center fin has also been added.

The car rides on a forged aluminum alloy, independent double wishbone suspension system that includes helical springs and electronically controlled active shock absorbers.

CCM-R self-ventilated carbon-ceramic disc brakes have been specifically developed for the car and paired with racing brake pads.

Each 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheel is wrapped in a slick version of the P Zero tires that are available in Wet and Dry variants.

In front of the driver are all the car's essential controls including ABS map selection, radio, and traction control functions. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, and can be pulled for access to the cockpit. Paddle shifters are mounted to the steering wheel.

Lights, engine maps, suspension maps, and brake balance sector controls are not he center console. A customizable dashboard gives the driver necessary information while on-board telemetry logs all vehicle data.

The car's pedals are also adjustable.

Pricing is in the "if you have to ask you can't afford it" category.

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

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The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

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"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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