220mph in the Pagani Huayra prototype
It’s never done a high-speed test run, but it’s about to take its first shot at hyperspeed…
Posted: 08 Jun 2012
Down through the gears, and the real world seems agonisingly slow. Cruising back to the garage at 50mph feels like walking pace. Into the box, and the Pagani engineers confirm that, according to their millimetre-accurate telemetry, the Huayra reached 354kph: 220mph exactly. Casually, they also mention that, given a straight road, it will go a few mph faster: the extra strain placed on the tyres by the circular banking prevented the Huayra hitting its maximum speed.
If any other small company (and Pagani is a small company - even after expanding capacity to 40 Huayras each year, it still has just 53 employees on the books) promised a 220mph hypercar, its maiden high-speed test would be a colon-puckering voyage into the unknown, a mission likely to end with you posted home in a few dozen Jiffy Bags. But there is no car company in the world - hell, any company in the world - with such a pathological obsession with perfection as Pagani.