Denied a waiver to use outdated airbag technology the Pagani Huayra supercar won’t make it to the U.S. this year – but it will reach the States, and with the latest safety technology, by 2013 says the company’s founder and chief executive.
Expected to cost somewhere around $1.3 million, the Huayra – pronounced WHY-rah – is one in an assortment of new supercars vying for the attention of the wealthiest of global gearheads. Using an engine specially produced for it by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, it is already generating a serious buzz in markets ranging from Berlin to Beijing.
But plans to bring the high-performance model to the States this year fell through when federal regulators declined to provide a waiver that would allow the Huayra to be sold here using an older-style, single-stage airbag system. Current U.S. law requires “smart” two-stage airbags designed to adjust their response to the severity of a collision to reduce inadvertent injuries.
The government’s decision, which followed a three-year wait, led to reports that the Pagani supercar would not be sold in the U.S., but while, “the reality is we won’t be able to deliver the car any sooner to the U.S.,” said CEO Horacio Pagani, “it will be a very, very small delay, very minimal.”