The Pagani Huayra Roadster is a work of art, so it only makes sense that the Italian automaker would go above and beyond to ensure that the soft top is just as exotic as the supercar itself. To do just that, Pagani partnered with Dainese, an Italian company known for making high-end gear for motorcyclists, and ended up creating a new material.
The Huayra Roadster debuted last March and the automaker claims that it’s lighter than the coupe. That’s mostly due in part to the choice of two roofs: one that utilizes carbon fiber and another that’s a soft top. While one would assume that the carbon-fiber unit would be the more difficult option to develop, it sounds like the soft top was a little more time consuming.
Both companies were inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machines and set out to create an “innovative and sophisticated” soft top. What they came up with is a top that utilizes High Elastic Modulus Carbon Fiber, a material developed by Pagani. That component is held together by aluminum and titanium billet joints, which are used to stretch the fabric that Dainese designer’s created.
That sounds complicated, but it gets a little more technical. Dainese’s R&D department, alongside Pagani, created a fabric with the perfect combination of resistance and flexibility across every zone. This allows the fabric to have predetermined folding areas that allow it to follow the structure when it closes, like a piece of origami.
Besides matching the rest of the vehicle’s incredible design, Pagani states that the intricate way the soft top folds reduces the amount of space that’s needed to stow it and will help keep it durable over time. On a $2.5 million supercar, you can’t overlook things like the roof, even if it is a soft top.
A Huayra Roadster with the soft top will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show, where it’s sure to get lots of attention.