The 2021 Pagani Huayra Tricolore has been officially unveiled overnight.
Just three examples of the Tricolore will be built to mark the 60th anniversary of the Italian Air Force's official aerobatics team, the '313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatic' (also known as the Frecce Tricolori), founded in March 1961, which has since grown to become the world's largest aerobatics patrol.
Priced from €5.5 million (AU$8.8 million), the Tricolore can be differentiated from its 'standard' Huayra range-mates by an assortment of unique styling elements, all reportedly inspired by the Aermacchi MB-339A P.A.N. fighter jet.
Up front, a revised front bumper with a larger splitter and new side extractors maximise intercooler efficiency and deliver "a completely new aerodynamic profile", while towards the rear a new roof scoop helps feed air into the V12 engine and guide air over the reshaped rear wing.
The shape of the rear wing supports are inspired by the tail fin of the aforementioned jet, while a larger rear diffuser ups downforce and "[maximises] the extraction of air from the underbody."
Pagani has also installed a Pitot tube – used by aircraft to measure macroscopic air speed, by measuring air – into the Huayra Tricolore's front 'bonnet', a nod to the hypercar's airborne inspiration. Aircraft-inspired anodised aluminium is used for the side air intakes and front headlight surrounds.
All three Huayra Tricolores will be finished in a transparent blue carbon-fibre exterior finish, adorned with green, white and red decals along the sides of the car, signifying it and the Air Force's Italian heritage.
The fighter jet inspiration continues inside the cabin, where highlights include a new gear knob – carved from a block of aluminium and carbon, specially milled and then hand-polished – plus composite floor mats and white and blue two-tone seats, the latter inspired by the original Zonda Tricolore of 2010, which celebrated the aerobatics team's 50th anniversary.
Italian flag-inspired, tri-colour stripes adorn the leather sections of the seats, the Frecce Tricolori's logo is embroidered into the headrests and four-point harnesses, while an anemometer on top of the dashboard displays the vehicle's airspeed, using data from the aforementioned Pitot tube on the 'bonnet'.
Powering the Pagani Huayra Tricolore is a variant of the 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged, Mercedes-AMG-developed V12 engine as the 'regular' Huayra, uprated to produce 618kW of power and 1100Nm of torque (from 2000-5600rpm).
Drive is sent to the rear wheels through an electromechanical rear differential and a seven-speed automated manual transmission, with Pagani claiming the latter tips in 35 per cent lighter than an equivalent dual-clutch 'box, while featuring a 4 per cent lighter clutch than previous Huayra models.
While Pagani hasn't released performance figures, the Tricolore's potent V12 engine and featherweight 1270kg kerb mass – the latter thanks to a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis with titanium elements – should enable a sub-three second sprint from zero to 100km/h.
A set of 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels fill the arches – with a design inspired by an aircraft propeller – wrapped in 265/30 front and 355/25 rear Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres.
They hide large Brembo ventilated carbon-ceramic brakes, measuring 398mm up front with six-piston callipers, and 380mm at the rear with four-piston calipers.
Adaptive dampers feature as standard, complementing aluminium alloy triangle arms at all four corners.
Just three Pagani Huayra Tricolores will be built, with even the build number being a reference to the Frecce Tricolori, namely the "three main leaders" of the aerobatics formation: the Commander (number 0), Head of Formation (number 1) and the Soloist (number 10).