Pagani and Bosch are showing off the Huayra BC’s safety systems that had to undergo comprehensive testing in the extreme conditions of the Arctic Circle.

With more than 750 horsepower (552 kilowatts) coming from a 6.0-liter V12, the Huayra BC needs some serious brakes to match the meaty Mercedes-AMG engine. That’s why Pagani and Bosch tested the ABS antilock braking system of a prototype in northern Sweden for two weeks. The procedures took place at Bosch’s winter test center in Arjeplog where the traction control and electronic stability program were also fine-tuned.

Testing commenced on a roadway surface that was iced over on one side to see how the prototype’s ABS handled the job. After that, the Huayra BC did several laps on a testing course located on the frozen lake to verify the ESP and traction control systems which were also developed by Bosch.

In order to maintain the same driving conditions throughout the entire day, Bosch sprayed the road surfaces with water several times a day. Using special equipment, the ice was smoothened to achieve an optimal amount of friction between the wheels and the surface of the road. That was necessary to allow the engineers accurately analyze the software adjustments gathered on a laptop mounted above the center console.

After each test drive, the stored data was reviewed and changes to the software were made to achieve a perfect “symbiosis of safety and performance,” regardless of the road surface.

That sounds like a lot of work for a car of which only 20 production units will ever be made by Pagani, along with the five existing prototypes. But when you’re playing in the supercar league and you want to remain on top, it takes a lot of preparations to make sure everything is set up accordingly down to the very last detail.

Source: Pagani

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