Horacio Pagani Drives a McLaren P1: Huayra Nurburgring Benchmarking

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Yes, that is Horacio Pagani driving what is known as the only Italian-registered McLaren P1 and yes, this pic does make one’s day. Then again, it’s only normal for Horacio to do such a thing, considering Pagani is currently developing an even more hardcore incarnation of the Huayra, the Nurburgring Edition.
The interesting side of the story is that this P1 has more connections to Pagani than just holding the latter’s founder behind its wheel. Notice the special color play that goes on inside the British hypercar, as well as on its body?

Well, this is the work of McLaren Special Operations (MSO) and back in may, this particular example of the P1 was spotted in Monaco, where a Pagani Huayra dressed in a pretty similar “livery” was also seen.

And don’t imagine that this is the first time when the Italian-registered McLaren P1 enters Pagani territory. Also back in may, the car literally did that, with the P1 being spotted performing some sort of parade laps around the Pagani factory.

While Horacio does own quite a collection of cars, including a Porsche Carrera GT and a Ford GT, the P1 isn’t his. In fact, we’d like to remind you that when McLaren introduced the P1 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Horacio said he was rather unimpressed by it. Since the P1 is quite the opposite of his own creations in the hypercar world, favoring performance over “having a soul”, the aforementioned opinion was a natural reaction.

Returning to the Huayra Nurburgring Edition, last time we met the vehicle, it was visiting AMG's headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, with a massive set of wires hanging out of its engine compartment.

In its current form, the six-liter AMG V12 motivating the Huayra delivers 700 hp and 737.5 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque. Since this is a twin-turbo unit, engineers should have no problem in increasing the output. Things are not that simple though. Fist of all, this is a Pagani, so the power delivery must stay in line with the car’s character. Then there’s the maximum torque aspect, as the Xtrac-supplied seven-speed sequential gearbox will also have to be upgraded.

We’ll remind you that while Koenigsegg came with its own bonkers response (the One:1) to the LaFerrari-918 Spyder-P1 hypergroup, it is now time for Pagani to make its emotional move.
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