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 engine was specially designed for the Huayra by AMG, whose engines have powered all of Pagani's cars. Much work was done to keep the power delivery linear, without lag from the twin-turbo V12, and the resulting thrust is shocking at a primal, instinctive level. On our track, the traction-control light came on a couple of times, letting me know that it was keeping the rear wheels from spinning and I was going in a straight line. In sixth.
It has a better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron, but it's all being served up to the rear wheels only. And I love that about it. It's a reminder that despite the price, the lavish materials and the active aero, this is still a fanciful, beautiful, crazy piece of art.