I took a ride in the exquisite, ultra-powerful Pagani Huayra at The Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park. I sat in the passenger seat of this incredible Italian hypercar while the friendly owner took me around the Top Gear test track… writes Glenn Doncaster.
Pagani Huayra style & aesthetics
Just from looking at the Huayra you know that this is no every day, run-of-the-mill performance car.
The nose is slightly sharp and pointed and is effortlessly connected by that dignified sloping bonnet to the beautifully slick, smooth body that has come to characterise Paganis over the years.
Really, it’s the little details that give this car it’s unique, stunning beauty. The partitions in the front radiator grill which look like a shark’s teeth and that wonderful four-barrel exhaust: another distinctive Pagani feature.
Then you climb inside and you’re greeted with an interior of sumptuous luxury.
Much of what you see, including the door pulls, the covers on the air vents, the paddles on the steering wheel and the gear lever are all aluminium and the comfortable bucket seats are upholstered with the finest leather.
As soon as you set off, it becomes apparent that the Huayra isn’t just all show and no strength. It launches off the line like a Harrier Jump Jet leaving a runway.
Pagani Huayra performance & vital statistics
The Huayra is powered by a 730 brake horsepower, naturally aspirated, Mercedes engineered, V12 engine. This takes it from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 230 miles per hour.
Pagani Huayra Specification
|Engine:||6.0 litre V12 Twin-turbo|
|Power:||720 bhp (730 ps)|
|Top speed:||230 mph (370 kph)|
|Torque:||1,000 nm (738 lb ft)|
The way it rockets up the straight is bizarre though; it’s smooth. Very stable. There’s not much aggressive grunt behind the acceleration: it glides rather than tears its way around the track.
Blink and you wouldn’t even realise there was a straight. You’ve reached a bend before you know it and that’s when you get to experience this car’s speciality.
The Huayra has an incredibly precise active aerodynamics system with the four panels – two on the bonnet and two on the rear – being able not only to tilt vertically but also laterally.
The active-aero is managed by a computer system which alters the positioning of the panels based on the severity and gradient of each individual turn. This means that the car achieves maximum downforce in all the twists and turns, and so the handling is immaculate.
This thing will not understeer. If anything, it’s just a little biased towards oversteer. Presumably to remind you of exactly what kind of power you’ve got on your hands!
It’s in the turns that this thing really shows itself for what it is: a full-on, true-blooded hypercar.
As it flies through bends, the car’s personality starts to be revealed. It tends to give a nice sharp bite as it shifts up a gear through that sequential gearbox.
As it rockets out of the corners the hair-trigger acceleration pushes you back into the seat, pinning you down like a gazelle in the clutches of a lion. You can actually feel the strain on your neck muscles if you try and lean forwards.
Its noise adds to the magnificence of this car. It’s not particularly special most of the time, with the V12 emitting just a fine whine like a kitten on helium, but then as it drops down the gears it erupts into an abrupt, loud snarl.
There’s a very a good reason why Paganis have the status they do as insanely fast dream machines: they are epic in every conceivable way and can achieve phenomenal speed.
The Huayra is no exception and that’s why, if you miraculously managed to find one up for sale, it would cost you £2.3 million.
What a car this is!
Now, the sales pitch…
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