TopGear drives the Pagani Huayra

That is not the case with a car as stupidly exciting as the Pagani Huayra. It's not just a one-trick pony. It's a conflation of the ideas of one brilliant, slightly unhinged mind, executed by a team of designers and engineers who buy into the vision entirely. What they create, free from the conspiracy of committee, is altogether more singular. Perhaps it's easiest summed up in the simple physical response you get from both cars, which stands for an encounter with the Huayra as a whole. You extract yourself from a Veyron shaking your head with respect for the engineering, marvelling at the capability, shocked at the ease and reliability with which the car translates bonkers power and speed into a human-controllable format.

But you step from a Huayra not just shaking your head. You step from a Pagani Huayra just shaking.

(Words: Tom Ford, Photography: James Lipman)