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Pagani vs Ferrari

Pagani Huayra

Two of Italy's finest and newest supercars, the Pagani Huayra and the Ferrari F12berlinetta, recently met at the Autodromo di Modena racetrack for a day of testing and high-speed chases, courtesy of Germany's SportAuto magazine. Let's have a look at the stats:

Pagani Huayra

The twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG 6.0 litre V-12 engine produces 720 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque and has been modified to reduce turbo lag and improve response. Its top speed is in excess of 230 mph (370 km/h) and it goes 0–60 in 3.3 seconds.

The Huayra uses dry sump lubrication. This guarantees oil flow even when the car is subjected to extreme lateral acceleration, it also prevents "oil surge" which improves engine efficiency and the lack of an oil pan allows the engine itself to be mounted lower, in turn lowering the car's center of gravity thereby improving handling. The fuel consumption of the Huayra is 10mpg (UK) in city and 14mpg (UK) on the motorway (EPA testing).

Transmission

The Huayra uses a seven-speed sequential gearbox and a single disc clutch (swapping the potential faster changes of a dual system for a weight save of over 70kg).

Chassis

The Huayra uses a carbotanium monocoque construction with gull-wing doors. The fuel tank is made of ballistic components and is positioned behind the driver. The car is equipped with bespoke Brembo brake calipers (6-piston front, 4 rear), rotors and pads. The rotors are drilled carbon ceramic. There are also four independent flaps which can act as air brakes or produce downforce.

Aerodynamics

The Huayra incorporates active aerodynamics - the ability to change the height of the front from the ground and independently operate four flaps placed at the rear and front of the car. This helps achieve minimal drag or maximum downforce depending on the situation and also prevents excess body roll in the corners. The rear flaps also act as an airbrake.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Ferrari F12berlinetta

Engine

The F12berlinetta uses a 6,262cc, naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 730 horsepower at 8500 rpm and 690 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. This allows the F12berlinetta to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds with a top speed of over 210mph (340km/h).

The engine of the F12berlinetta has been designed to be more efficient (than that of the 599) as well as more powerful. The engine management system is fitted with Ferrari’s HELE start-stop system to reduce fuel consumption when idling. Ferrari reports that the F12berlinetta can achieve 18mpg (UK) and produces CO2 emissions of 350 g/km.

Transmission

The F12berlinetta transmits power through a 7-speed dual-clutch automated semi-automatic gearbox operated by the driver using ‘paddles’ behind the steering wheel.

Chassis

The space frame chassis is made up of 12 different aluminium alloys improving structural rigidity by 20% and reducing weight by 70kg (150lb). The centre of gravity has been lowered by around 25mm (0.98in). The F12berlinetta uses Ferrari’s third generation CCM3 carbon ceramic disc brakes with ABS, SCM-E magnetorheological suspension, an electronic limited slip differential, ESP Premium stability control and F1-Trac traction control.

Aerodynamics

The F12berlinetta makes use of aerodynamic techniques based on the 599XX and Formula One programmes. A notable feature is the Aero Bridge, an air channel running from the bonnet, through the flanks and along the sides of the vehicle, creating an effect that increases downforce. Another feature is Active Brake Cooling ducts, which open to direct cooling air only when the brakes are hot, keeping them closed at other times to reduce drag.

Ferrari reports that the F12berlinetta is capable of lapping the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute, 23 seconds; 1.0 second faster than the 599 GTO, 1.9 seconds faster than the Enzo Ferrari, 2.0 seconds faster than the 458 Italia and 3.5 seconds faster than the 599 GTB. But is it faster than the Pagani?