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Driving Meets Design in the Roadster
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Driving Meets Design in the Roadster

If an art museum wanted to exhibit sleek cars, it would require an entire floor at Pagani. Horacio Pagani's boutique, a rival to Lamborghini and Ferrari, has a directory of automotive erotica. The company's newest contribution might be its most impressive automobile yet.

The Huayra Roadster can be described as Coupe's stubborn sister. Building a convertible is difficult, however, creating a supercar has a whole new set of challenges attached to it. Replacing the roof means having to remove a primary structure of the car. Skeletal bracing is added to prevent flex over bumps and around the corners. Sadly, more bracing means extra density, which is bad news for performance.

Reviewed alongside the super-spider, the Roadster suffered for quite a bit. Works started in 2010 but it all went downhill and had to be restarted three years later. The new design is among the sleekest ever seen, backed by top-notch engineering. The Roadster is graceful but at the same time, stiffer compared to the Coupe. This can be attributed to the high use of Carbo-Triax HP52 and Carbo-Titanium materials. These materials are better technologically, compared to those used in Formula One vehicles.

Even though it has a double turbocharge, Pagani has said the huge engine provides a light-switch starter response and at the same time, meets the emission standards outlined by the Euro 6A and 6B. You'd be happy to know there is no dual-clutch gearbox, which comes with a seven-speed single clutch system. It transfers energy to the back wheels. This single-clutch unit is almost 40 percent smaller than the dual-clutch system. However, it may not shift as fast. With a lot of power and being so light, it is certain the Roadster will be quick in a straight line, but stoppage, which appears to share plenty with the Huayra BC, make it a quick handler.

The system has a five-mode endurance system and a 38-cm Brembo brake made of carbon-ceramic. Owners can now comfortably get around the vehicle's limits on the highway without the worry of flying rearward into a fence. The Roadster shape is not just attractive, but also appealing. It has four flaps on it, two on each end. They are often moving to give the highest downforce at whichever velocity. Working with an effective front suspension, the flaps keep the car bottom parallel to the road all the time. This allows the large front splitter and back diffuser to work efficiently.

The roof does not flip or fold like your typical convertible; it may be likened to a targa top. Along with a movable cloth roof that can be stored in the vehicle for emergencies, the car has a carbon-and-glass cover for a more conventional silhouette. The glass in the solid roof is UV treated, a finish likely to be welcomed by people who can afford a Huayra.

The cabin in the Roadster is too charming to ignore. It's similar to that of the Coupe. A team of artists struggled over every aspect, chrome shift and leather sew. From the quilted bucket chairs to the sumptuous gear linkage, the interior is tasteful.

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