Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Pagani Huayra - Goodwood FoS 2011
Pagani wrung every last drop out of the Zonda, with each "ultimate" version being superseded by a yet more extreme iteration. Not that anybody minded. But the time eventually came for Horacio Pagani to rethink the formula, and the Huayra is the fruit of his boundary-pushing labours.
The new model features crash protection that will allow Pagani to market in the US for the first time, meaning that this car could push the company from supercar halo brand into the mainstream Bentleys-and-Bugattis territory so beloved of professional sportsmen and celebrities. But that's not the only reason for creating a new model. No, the Huayra represents the zenith of Pagani's engineering genius. Its twin-turbocharged AMG V12 provides over 700bhp, enabling a 0-60mph dash under 3.5s, with a top whack of 230mph+.
As visually arresting as it is in stasis, seeing it on the move is simply astounding, and this is down to the active aerodynamics: four flaps - two at the front, two at the rear - independently waft themselves up and down to keep the car stable at all angles, giving it the impression of a cloud of butterflies flitting past as it scythes through the air; a disparate metaphor, that, but an appropriate one.
And the scream through that monstrous titanium exhaust will make your children wet themselves.
Posted by juice at 09:08