Hypercar of the Year: Pagani Huayra
Supreme performance and astonishing looks, there was only ever one contender for this award...
Posted: 04 Jan 2013
The interior is a fantasy of leather and sculptural chrome; if Captain Nemo had got together with a very high class S'n'M Madame to design an operating theatre for the Nautilus, it would look like this. This isn't bling in this cockpit, it's kinky art. And art spills out all over the Huayra; the body, still cab forward, straining to have at it, is smoother and more rounded than the Zonda's, with aerodynamic flaps tucked away at the corners, ready to move out and work with the active suspension to keep the car stable through corners. It's the first car in the world to be made entirely from carbotanium: a composite material blending carbon fibre and titanium strands. The resulting car is lighter than one made from carbon fibre, stiffer than one made from carbon fibre, but unlike one made from carbon fibre, it doesn't shatter if you crash. But I can never quite get away from the thought that Pagani chose the stuff mostly because of the name ‘carbotanium'. It just sounds incredibly futuristic, and futuristic is always good.