The circuit of Spa-Francorchamps It is, for the vast majority of motorsport protagonists, “the best track in the world”. As well as Monza It is considered the temple of speed, along with Nürburgring (the so-called Green Hell) the mythical Belgian track is clearly located between the most challenging scenarios for drivers and teams.
The history of Spa begins in 1924, almost on par with Le mans, a fact that gives dimension to its mystique. That year the first 24 hours of Francorchamps were held on that circuit, only one year after the Le Mans began in France. The more than seven kilometers in length make the Belgian track the longest in the world and, although it enjoys enormous sympathy in the racing world, the list of pilots who left his life there is quite extensive.
The winner in Spa with Formula 1 is Michael Schumacher, who won six Grands Prix, but two Argentines also left their mark on that circuit: Juan Manuel Fangio he achieved no less than three victories, all with different cars, in 1950 with Alfa Romeo, in 1954 with Ferrari and in 1955 with Mercedes-Benz. Carlos Reutemann it was imposed more here in time, in 1981, with Williams.
Another Argentine has just left his mark on one of the most historic tracks on the planet. The Santa Fe builder Horacio Pagani brought there his last beast, the Huayra Roadster BC, with which he broke the lap record for a street car that boasted, no less, the McLaren Senna, one of the fastest and supreme sports cars of all time.
The convertible version of the Huayra BC significantly improves the performance of the hardtop versionSince they both share the six-liter twin-turbo V12 engine manufactured by the German Mercedes AMG, but in this case it produces 802 horses, compared to 790 for the coupe. Tremendous power is complemented by a weight highly optimized by carbon fiber components that Pagani works: only 1,250 kilos. There was the difference between the Huayra and the McLaren, which also has a power of 800 horses, but a weight greater than 1,374 kilos.
The Huayra dropped the mark of the British sports car by 1,739 seconds. He nailed a time of 2′23 ″ 081 on the stopwatch, against 2′24 ″ 820 for the McLaren Senna. A tremendous time that responds to the characteristics of the model: a street GT, but practically with racing characteristics. The engine is coupled with a seven-speed transmission that sends traction to the rear wheels, and the assembly is mounted on a monocoque chassis made of titanium and carbon, which improves torsional stiffness by 12% and flexibility by 20%. .
From the Pagani Huayra Roadster BC, the second most radical of the sports cars made by casildense -behind the Imola- only 40 units are being manufactured, and each one will cost 3.76 million euros. The Imola has 827 horses, but it is a special edition in homage to that Italian circuit, and only five copies will be built with a price of more than 5 million euros.
The Huayra record was the coronation about 350,000 kilometers of test, of which 45,000 were made in circuits, a process that is part of the last stage of fine-tuning the model before beginning with delivery to customers. “During testing, we immediately realized that the car had interesting times on the track. We immediately discussed with Horacio the possibility of some fast laps and, although the weather was not the best, we set a new record at Spa after two laps. The car had shown tremendous character, demonstrating its capabilities and movements with impressive ease. Although Spa-Francorchamps is a complex track, the handling and lateral traction of the Huayra Roadster BC exceeded all expectations ”, detailed Andrea Palma, test leader of Pagani Automobili.
This is the top ten of the fastest production cars at Spa Francorchamps:
Pagani Huayra BC Roadster: 2′23 ″ 081
McLaren Senna: 2′24 ″ 820
Radical SR3 SL: 2′25 ″ 000
Koenigsegg One: 2′32 ″ 140
Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 2′33 ″ 020
Lotus Exige Cup: 2′35 ″ 020
McLaren P1: 2′38 ″ 000
McLaren 675LT: 2′38 ″ 000
Porsche 918 Spyder: 2′39 ″ 000
Ferrari 430 Scuderia: 2′40 ″ 000