The Pagani Huayra Tricolore is a RM27 million statement of national pride

Remember the aircraft-inspired model that Pagani teased last week on its Twitter account? Well, it turns out that it is a special limited-edition of the Huayra called the Tricolore, designed to honour the 60th anniversary of the Italian national acrobatics patrol, the Frecce Tricolori. Only three examples of these exquisite supercars will ever be built.

Clearly, we should’ve known better, because this isn’t the first time that Pagani has honoured the Frecce Tricolori – the Italian supercar maker also made the three-units-only Zonda Tricolore just ten years ago, in celebration of the national acrobatics team’s 50th anniversary.

Back to the Huayra Tricolore, Pagani has tweaked the bodywork of the new limited-edition Huayra Roadster, with new aerodynamic parts inspired by the Air Force’s Aermacchi MB-339A P.A.N jets. There’s now a more pronounced front splitter with a completely new aerodynamic profile to maximise downforce, while the larger side extractors on the new front bumper helps increase the efficiency of the intercooler.

Right behind the roofless passenger compartment is a new air scoop with a new “innovative air conveying system” to channel an even greater airflow of cold air directly to the engine. At the back, the rear diffuser has also been further optimised, and the rear wing fully integrated with the rear hood to help achieve a “perfect aerodynamic balance”, compensating for increased downforce upfront.

The styling approach on the Pagani Huayra Tricolore also heavily mimics that of the fighter jet, with the line of the air scoop extending all the way towards the rear wing. The rear wing supports also have a similar shape with the tail fin of the jets’, and displays the number of the car on the outer sides – just like the patrol aircraft.

The aircraft-inspired model is also finished in a special livery, featuring the tricolour running along the sides of the car “like an impetuous engulfing flow of air”. The graphic stripe extends up to the rear lights, and is matched with a translucent blue carbon colour.

The headlights and side air intakes are framed by billet-machined anodised aluminium, which are inspired by aeronautics, while the wheels take inspiration from the turbines of an airplane.

However, the main highlight on the Pagani Huayra Tricolore is found on the centre of the front bonnet, which features a pilot tube – the instrument aircraft use to measure the macroscopic air speed and determine their aerodynamic condition. The airspeed is displayed as Mach numbers on the anemometer placed on the dashboard.

On the inside, the Huayra Tricolore is dressed in two-tone blue and white, with leather inserts on the seats in the Italian flag’s tricolour as another nod to the patrol’s aircraft. All aluminium parts are made from aerospace-grade alloys and machined from billet before being anodised in a distinctive blue colour.

The gear knob deserves special mention here, as the entire piece is carved from a single block of aluminium and carbon, then milled through a five-axis numerical control centre and finally hand polished with a “special transparent treatment”. Other details on the interior include the emblem of the Frecce Tricolori on the four-point seatbelt fastener, and embroidered on the headrests.

The new Tricolore model is powered by a Mercedes-AMG-sourced 6.0 litre twin-turbo V12, which sends 840 hp and 1,100 Nm of torque to the rear wheels. The engine is paired to a Xtrac seven-speed transverse AMT with an electromechanical differential.

As mentioned above, only three units of the aerospace-inspired special edition will ever be made. But instead of a normal 1-3 numbering system, Pagani is numbering the Huayra Tricolore according to the acrobatic patrol’s three main formation leaders’ numbers: Number 0 for the commander who directs the show from the ground, Number 1 for the Head of Formation who leads the patrol during all aerobatic manoeuvres, and Number 10 – the Soloist who splits off from the group in the most spectacular sequences.

Each of these exquisite machine will start from EUR5.5 million (~RM 27 million) before tax, but judging by how highly sought-after the Zonda Tricolore is now, it’s probably worth it if you can afford it.



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