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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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New American supercar

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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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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