Do you miss the sound of the F1 of yesteryear? Surely these Pagani Zonda R and Huayra R giving it their all in Laguna Seca will comfort you

If you ask any fan of the motor world what is the type of mechanics that sounds the best, their answer is likely to be V12. It is true that each propellant is a world and some of five, six, eight and ten cylinders are a real delight for the ears. But nothing like V12 engines.

The Formula 1 cars of the early 90s have a lot to do with it, although almost all the merit goes to street models as mythical as the McLaren F1, the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, the Ferrari Enzo or the Buy Zonda and Huayra.

The glorious orchestra of the twelve cylinders in vee

Pagani V12 R 1

Today, it has become almost impossible to talk about new developments in the automotive sector without making some reference to electrification. Virtually all new cars incorporate some form of hybridization or are fully electric. Nor should we forget about anti-pollution regulations and their requirements.

One of the consequences of all this is that the sound of cars is in danger of extinction. At least that of its mechanics. exhaust systems ever are more restrictive in this sense and the electric and hybrid ones are satisfied, in the best of cases, with imitating the symphony of an internal combustion engine through loudspeakers.

But not all is lost. Yet There are exceptions that make any petrolhead’s hair stand on end with their melody. The Ferrari Purosangue promises to be one of them thanks to its naturally aspirated V12 engine, just like the latest generation of the Ford Mustang. And the same thing happens with the recently presented Pagani Utopia.

Pagani V12 R 4

Far from surrendering to electrification, the third great jewel of the Italian firm bets on the same V12 engine used by its predecessor, the Pagan Huayra. Without a doubt, this 864bhp 6.0-litre block developed by Mercedes-AMG will produce a heavenly tune, but the bar is too high to beat.

Any Pagani Zonda or Pagani Huayra sounds great, but their R versions are a different case. In both cases they are the most radical and performance of the many that saw the light. The Zonda R took the naturally aspirated V12 engine to another dimension, producing 800 hp in the Evolution variant.

The Huayra R directly dispensed with the Mercedes-AMG biturbo V12 that the ‘conventional’ Huayras mounted and resorted to another block with the same mechanical structure, but atmospheric. Pagani had the help of the German specialist HWA to develop it and the result was 850 hp and a symphony even more spectacular.

Pagani V12 R 2

Fortunately, customers of both models know how to enjoy them and are used to riding on the best circuits in the world. One of the last occasions they had to squeeze their bestial Pagani R was a few weeks ago, during the Monterey Car Week which is celebrated in California.

The chosen scenario was Laguna Seca Circuit, before some fans who that day took the best shock to forget about so much electrification. One of them wanted to share the experience on the channel Conan997 de YouTube.

The video puts goosebumps. And not precisely to see the Zonda R and Huayra R in the famous ‘corkscrew’ of the Californian track. The not so young will inevitably remember legends like the McLaren MP4/6 with which Ayrton Senna won the F1 world championship in 1991 with the help of a 3.5-litre Honda V12 engine.

Without a doubt, Horacio Pagani and his team will have to work very hard to take another step forward with the future Pagani Utopia R. It won’t be easy, but the Italian brand has already been able to surprise us many times over the last few years.

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