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New Pagani Huayra Roadster BC

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The Huayra BC Roadster teaser’s caption, calls it “A tremendous science and design challenge.”

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The Pagani Huayra Roadster BC. Credit: Pagani

3 years on, The Pagani Huayra ‘BC’ named a after Benny Caiola, Horacio Pagani’s first customer, has now become a topless monster, something akin to the shirtless Incredible Hulk.

Scheduled to see its first public showing at Monterey Car Week next week Pagani Huayra Roadster BC started life as a one-off project for one particular unnamed Pagani customer. For the estimated $3.5 million USD price, the company expressed doubts about making more than one of these removable hardtop hypercars. Thanks to some strategic sneak peeks, a good number of customers let Pagani know that they wanted one, and so the company decided to commit to a total build of 40 roadsters.

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Pagani Huayra Roadster BC dash and Instrument cluster. Credit: Pagani
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Strap in for the 1.9 Gs of max lateral force in corners. Credit: Pagani

The AMG tuned twin turbo 6.0-liter V12 sees the Huayra Roadster BC pumping out an enormous 800 horsepower (596 kilowatts) and 1050 Nm of torque. That’s a modest improvement of 50 hp and 36 lb-ft over the BC Coupe. All that additional power transfers to the rear wheels via a seven-speed Xtrac sequential gearbox with a lightweight single clutch. The single clutch setup is 35 percent lighter than the usual dual-clutch. With the 130 ‘S 65 Final Edition’ cars from Mercedes finishing production, this will be the only way to join the V12 AMG club.

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The twin turbo V12 powerplant driving the 2.6 second Roadster BC. Credit: Pagani

According to the car’s spec sheet, the Roadster BC is 30 kgs lighter than the regular Roadster. The weight loss comes courtesy of the wide use of Carbo-Triax HP62 Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 materials in the monocoque body. Other weigh-reducing features include tubular steel front and rear subframes and a forged aluminum alloy independent wishbone with helical springs and electronic controlled shock absorbers. That plus other impressive engineering feats helps keep the curb weight to a relatively light 1,217 kilograms.

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6 exhaust tips total – 2 hidden in the rear diffuser to generate extra downforce. Credit: Pagani

The titanium exhaust system has a total of 6 exhaust tips. The usual quad tips as per the coupe version, plus two more hidden in the rear diffuser. As Pagani explains, there are “two extra direct outlets from the catalytic converters to exploit the blown diffuser principle and generate further downforce.”

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0-60 mph in approx 2.6 seconds. Credit: Pagani

In addition to handling, the Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires designed specifically for Pagani, also help the Roadster BC to generate up to 1.9Gs of max lateral force in corners. That ranks among the highest Gs seen in any production car. The Bugatti Chiron, for comparison’s sake, only produces 1.5Gs of max grip. Pagani doesn’t have an official 60 time, but given that the coupe gets there in about 2.5 seconds, the Roadster should see 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds.

With only 40 units to be made, Pagani hasn’t announced that the car is sold out, so one could assume some of the cars are still available.

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Only 40 to be made. Credit: Pagani
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Carbo-Triax HP62 Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 materials in the monocoque body. Credit: Pagani

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Rare 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC for sale

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1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

This gorgeous 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe that underwent a 10 year reconstruction🛠 is up for sale at € 2.4M and currently owned by @zore.smd (Instagram).

The Type 57S/SC is one of the best-known Bugatti cars. The “S” stood for “surbaissé” (“lowered”). It included a v-shaped dip at the bottom of the radiator and mesh grilles on either side of the engine compartment.

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
€2.4M 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale.

Lowering the car was a major undertaking. The rear axle now passed through the rear frame rather than riding under it, and a dry-sump lubrication system was required to fit the engine under the new low hood.

Just two supercharged cars were originally built but many were returned to the factory in Molsheim for the installation of a supercharger.

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Engine detail of a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

A rediscovered Type 57 sold for €3.4 million euros at auction on 7 February 2009 at a motor show in Paris.

This stunning example is in fact a reconstruction of the original Gangloff Coupe built according to the original sketches on a Type 101 chassis and powered by an engine from a Type 57 Atlante, all Bugatti and worth a pretty penny. 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️

Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff Coupé Fast Facts
Year 1938
Engine 3257cc
Registration Number: JAS 784
Chassis Number: 57524
Kilometers: 30,000
Color: Night Blue

DM @zore.smd on Instagram or email him at Mourad68.daoudi{at}gmail.com for interest in owning this incredible Bugatti!

1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff Coupe for sale

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First ever V12 Ferrari with a retractable hardtop.

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2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Rear top view

The new 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS is the spider version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast, from which it takes both its specifications and performance.

Firsts

Not only is the new 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Spider the first ever V12 Ferrari with a retractable hardtop, Ferrai claims it is also the first ‘production series’ front mount V12 convertible since the classic Ferrari 365 GTS4 Daytona’s of 1969. This all assumes you do not count the 448 examples of the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina produced in 2000, the 559 examples of the Superamerica in 2005 or the 80 examples of the SA Aperta in 2010 as production series.

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Ferrari’s first V12 with a retractable hardtop. Credit: Ferrari

Ferrari’s V12 spider history

The Ferrari V12 spider history features some iconic models which began in 1948 with the 166 MM, a competition GT that won the two most prestigious endurance races in the world in 1949: the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The last in that long lineage was the 1969 365 GTS4, also known as the Daytona Spider because of Ferrari’s legendary victory in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona when two works 330 P4s and the NART-entered 412 P took the chequered flag side by side to occupy the top three places.

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2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior showing the dashboard and steering wheel. Credit: Ferrari

Retractable hardtop features

The retractable hard top opens in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 45 km/h and does not impede upon the interior dimensions, maintaining the same cabin space as the 812 Superfast. The rear electric screen acts as a wind breaker making the car comfortable with the top down. With the roof closed, the rear electric screen can be left open so occupants can still enjoy the naturally aspirated V12’s sound.

There was huge focus on minimising both turbulence inside the cabin and aerodynamic noise to ensure occupants could converse undisturbed even at high speeds. As with the LaFerrari Aperta, two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen generate a coherent concentrated vortex that creates outwash in the velocity field immediately above the rear screen, thereby avoiding excess pressure behind the occupants’ heads.

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The 812 GTS features a retractable rear screen behind the seats. Credit: Ferrari

Exterior and aerodynamics

Aerodynamically, the 812 GTS posed two main challenges for the Ferrari designers. How to guarantee the same performance as the 812 coupé version with the top up and, at the same time, ensure maximum passenger comfort with the roof down.

In terms of aerodynamic performance, the retractable hard top and its stowage compartment, required that the rear of the car be modified. Thanks to meticulous re-sculpting of the tonneau cover surfaces and, most importantly, the integration of a triplane wing into rear diffuser to create efficient suction (and thus downforce) from the underbody, the aerodynamic engineers were able to compensate for the downforce lost by the removal of the 812 Superfast’s rear wheelarch bypass duct, (the air intake of which was behind the quarterlight on the 812 Superfast).

Drag, on the other hand, was cut by using the air vents on top of the rear flank to efficiently channel excess pressure build up out of the wheel well.

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The 812 GTS’s retractable hard top required that the rear of the car be modified. Credit: Ferrari

Engine and performance

The 812 GTS is the spider version of the 812 Superfast, from which it takes both its specifications and performance, most notably the V12 engine which, thanks to its ability to unleash a massive 800 cv at 8500 rpm, is the most powerful engine in its class! 718 Nm of torque guarantees impressive acceleration virtually on a par with that of the 812 Superfast while the 8900 rpm rev limit means that sporty driving is undiminished.

As on the 812 Superfast, these performance levels were achieved in part by optimising the engine design and in part by innovations, such as the use of a 350 bar direct injection system, and the control system for the variable geometry inlet tracts, developed on naturally-aspirated F1 engines. These systems allowed the increase in displacement from 6.2 to 6.5 litres to be exploited to maximise power output whilst retaining excellent pick up even at low revs.

Overall, performance levels are very close to those of the 812 Superfast, with 0-100 km/h acceleration still under 3 seconds and 0-200 km/h in just 8,3 seconds. The Ferrari 812 GTS’s maximum speed is the same as the berlinetta’s at 340 km/h.

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0-100kph in under 3 seconds, Ferrari 812 GTS. Credit: Ferrari

Exhaust changes for the convertable

Due to the open air nature of the 812 GTS drivers are more able to hear the V12’s characteristics and so the geometry of the exhaust system was evolved to increase and balance the sound from the engine and tailpipes. Exhaust-wise prevalence was given to combustion order harmonics by modifying the geometry of the centre extension pipes. All the pipes in the 6-in-1 exhaust manifold to the monolithic catalytic converter are of equal-length and this optimises the sound by giving predominance to the first order combustion harmonics.

Ferrari 812 GTS Price

Sale date and price are yet to be announced however the price is expected to start northwards of US$335,275.

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2020 Ferrari 812 GTS Interior Seats. Credit: Ferrari
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The 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS. Credit: Ferrari

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Porsche increases ownership stake in Rimac Automobili

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Porsche AG strengthens it’s relationship with Rimac Automobili.

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The Rimac C TWO all electric supercar. Photo: Rimac Automobili

Porsche has increased its stake in technology and sports car company Rimac Automobili from it’s June 2018 investment of 10 percent to 15.5 percent. This is a clear signal that Porsche is now strengthening a well established partnership. Rimac develops and produces electromobility components and also produces electrically powered super sports cars in-house. Porsche initiated the development partnership with Rimac against the backdrop of its electric mobility campaign.

Rimac Founder, Mate Rimac (31), started developing his vision of a fast, electrically powered sports car in a garage in 2009. Rimac unveiled his most recent electric car, the C Two, at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2018. The two seater vehicle generates almost 2,000 PS and reaches a top speed of 412 kilometres per hour. It boasts a range of 650 kilometres (NEDC) and can recharge 80 percent of its full battery capacity within half an hour thanks to a 250 kW fast charging system.

Rimac is a rapidly growing company based in Zagreb, Croatia, and employs a workforce of around 550 people. Rimac focuses on battery technology within the high-voltage segment, high performance electric powertrains and developing digital interfaces between humans and machines (HMI). The company also develops and produces electric bikes. This strand of the business was established in 2013 in the form of the sister company Greyp Bikes.

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The Rimac C TWO all electric supercar. Photo: Rimac Automobili

What Porsche says:

“Porsche has been supporting Rimac and its positive development for a year now,” explains Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG and Member of the Executive Board responsible for Finance and IT. “We quickly realised that Porsche and Rimac can learn a lot from each other. We believe in what Mate Rimac and his company have to offer, which is why we have now increased our stake and intend to intensify our collaboration in the field of battery technology.”

What Rimac says:

“Gaining Porsche as a stakeholder was one of the most important milestones in our history. The fact that Porsche is now increasing its stake is the best form of confirmation for our collaboration and represents the foundation for an even closer relationship,” Managing Director Mate Rimac explains. “We are only at the start of our partnership – yet we have already met our high expectations. We have many collaborative ideas that we aim to bring to life in the future. The fundamental focus is creating a win-win situation for both partners and offering our end customers added value by developing exciting, electrified models.”

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Rimac Founder, Mate Rimac. Photo: Rimac Automobili

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