Yesterday we told you that the Pagani Huayra supercar wouldn’t arrive on American shores until 2015 or later. Today, however, Pagani told us it “cautiously” promises that the $1.2 million supercar is on track to launch here in early 2013. The Huayra was originally slated to arrive in the U.S. by mid-2012.
The car was held up because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration denied Pagani’s request for exemption from certain airbag regulations. Back in 2008, Pagani had applied for an exemption from rules that would require the Huayra to include so-called advanced airbags. Advanced airbag systems use a range of sensors to tailor airbag deployment forces depending on the weight of passengers. Because such systems are very expensive, NHTSA gives some manufacturers of low volume cars, including Spyker and Bugatti, exemptions from the rule. That helps the companies save development money on limited-run exotic cars.
On July 29, Pagani finally heard that NHTSA was denying the company’s request for an exemption to the airbag rule. Rather than fight the judgment, Pagani decided to develop an advanced airbag system for the American-spec Huayra. Doing so means the Huayra can still be sold on our shores; Pagani says the car “had from the start the U.S. market as a key goal.”
Now all we need is $1.2 million…