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
At 300kph, the bonnet unlatches with a clunk, popping up in front of the 'screen. I shriek like a schoolgirl. Davide tuts calmly, swings the Huayra back to the base of the banking and decelerates to crawling speed before bumping the car over the huge cat's eyes. He climbs out, slams the bonnet back down, gives it a decisive thud with the heel of his hand, shrugs and jumps back in the car. Test drivers are an odd breed.
Off again, surging towards 300kph. The accrual of speed is unrelenting, and the ring is disorientatingly featureless. 320kph. I check the back of my right hand, on which I've scribbled a rough kph-to-mph guide. 199mph. We're covering over three miles a minute: at this rate, we could get from London to Edinburgh in under two hours. Still the Huayra remains unperturbed.