Pagani Huayra BC Founder Leads Emotional Unveiling Of Tribute Model For Benny Caiola

Apr 26, 2016 05:30 AM EDT | Vanessa Doctor


The Pagani Huayra BC officially debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. However, a special event was held in New York City in April 2016 to pay tribute the car designer’s close friend, who died in 2010.

The BC features several enhancements on the standard Pagani Huayra. Many of the features and components have either been changed completely or redesigned.

Road and Track reveals that Horacio Pagani created the BC as a tribute to his friend Benny Caiola, who died of cancer in 2010. The “BC” are actually the initials of the late friend whom the founder of Pagani Automobili loved so much. Caiola himself was a huge collector of Italian cars and was Pagani’s very first customer. At the New York City event, Pagani invited Benny’s wife, Bettina, on the stage to remove the cover from the new Pagani Huayra BC.

Pagani said via a translator that it was difficult for him to return to New York after Benny died.

"I decided to come back here to talk to Bettina, his wife, and his children, and I wanted to talk to him about this new car, so I went to see him at the cemetery, and it was very moving,” said Horacio.

Pagani also talked about his close friendship with Benny in the past several years and shared that the man inspired the many variants of the Pagan iZonda. It was revealed that Benny provided the idea for the Zonda R. The Pagani Huayra BC has the same mold as the Zonda R but was made for both street and track use. The Zonda R was designed for track use only.

The appearance of the BC did not change much compared to the standard version, but there were several alterations that significantly improved its performance, according to another Road and Track feature. Horacio reduced 291lbs of weight from the original, bringing down the total to 2,685lbs. the car will also feature a 6.0-liter AMG-built V12 engine with 800 horsepower after development.

Pagani collaborated with Dallara experts to build a new aerodynamic setup that will fuse the active aerodynamics of the standard version with a new fixed rear wing, front flicks and front and rear splitters. All the body panels are new, while the roof and carbon fiber tub are the same as the original. The front and rear subframes were also redesigned to become lighter and stiffer. XTrac created a seven-speed automated manual transmission for the BC. The interior of the BC has also been redesigned to show how special the man was to Horacio.

More updates and details on the Pagani Huayra BC are expected soon.

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