I hadn’t really taken much notice to Pagani in the past. It’s a smaller boutique Italian car manufacturer from Modena producing the Zonda in small quantities. Maybe that would explain why I have never actually seen a Pagani on the road before.
With the retirement of the Zonda being announced last year, a number of questions started forming in my head. Why did I wait so long to learn about Pagani? What could Pagani possibly do to replace a car that set a new record for production based cars which completed the Nürburgring in 6:47 (July 2010) beating the fierce Ferrari 599XX? Lastly, why did Tiger Woods cheat on his wife? Hmmm, much to ponder.
Well, they call it Huayra; no I didn’t just sneeze. It’s pronounced (wai-rah) and it’s named after Huayra Tata, the South American God of Wind. Set to cause quite a storm in Spring 2012, the Huayra is rightfully named due much in part to its active aerodynamics incorporated into the beautifully sculpted bodywork of the car. For starters the Huayra is capable of changing its height and independently operates four flaps, two in front and two in the rear. Each flap moves separate of the other and is managed by a dedicated control unit, much like you would see on a fighter jet upon take-off. These flaps play many important roles, sometimes producing maximum down force or preventing excess body roll and at other times simply slowing down the car by way of air-brakes; very similar to a fighter jet landing on a destroyer.
Underneath all that beauty and technology lies a Mercedes Benz Bi-Turbo V12 (5980cc) borrowed from the SL65 AMG Black Series. By Pagani’s request, the turbo lag has been substantially reduced, achieved by smaller turbos and ECU reprogramming all of which equates to producing 700bhp. It rockets from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 230mph. The Huayra utilizes a 7-speed sequential gearbox which is beautifully controlled in the cockpit via its brushed aluminum shifter and shift gate.
The interior of the Huayra has to be one of the most beautifully adorned interiors I have ever seen in a car. The use of brushed and polished metals, carbon-fiber combined with rustic leather and hi-tech electronics really gets my heart racing. I often dream of living in this car simply because of its sheer beauty.
Every detail of the interior is carefully designed and tastefully executed. Even the key is a chrome model of the Huayra, which is centrally placed in the middle of the dash board, as if to be on display like a piece of art work.
The Huayra is more than simply a fast expensive car from Italy. It’s a moving gallery displaying a study of contemporary design, encompassing the latest materials, composites, engineering, and electronics of our time. Unfortunately, admission into this gallery will cost you around $1.2M and there only 40 of them a year. Oh did I mention it has Gullwing doors?