Top Gear drives the Pagani Huayra
Cars like this only come around so often. Here's Tom Ford's take on Pagani's latest masterpiece...
Posted: 19 Dec 2012
But it takes a full day of driving to really get beneath the skin of this car. And some of the conclusions are more than a little surprising. For a start, the Huayra is not pretty. There, I've said it. The overall shape in profile is modelled on an aeroplane wing - all the better to manage airflow - and an inherently graceful form, but it squints out through four oval headlight pods, each containing a pair of tiny pupils. Which make it look a bit... shifty. Underneath is a wide, oval mouth slung full-width, divided by four support structures which slash down to form the lower part of the car's jaw, giving it a faintly piscine vibe. Between the headlights sit a pair of bottom-hinged flaps - part of the active aerodynamics package - and bracketing the whole lot is a pair of wing mirrors that arch up and out like freakish antennae. The casings are modelled on the Cupid's bow of a woman's lips. They look a bit much, if I'm honest.