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
Lift the rear clamshell, and the atomic attention to detail continues, with titanium exhausts, millimetre-perfect carbon-fibre weave and anodised suspension components surrounding the AMG V12 like industrial jewellery. And there is a lot of carbon. Front and rear suspension subframes bolt directly to the carbotanium tub, itself capped by a carbon roof section that supports the carbon gullwing doors. No wonder this car is light - if the materials got any more cutting-edge, they'd probably just shear themselves off. There is, however, plenty of speedy engineering that goes with the artistic presentation. Some figures probably wouldn't hurt here, for perspective's sake. It might look more installation than an engine bay, but this is a 6.0-litre V12 with two relatively small turbos snuggled into the exhaust system close in to the manifold itself. Good for efficiency and output, an effective mute for anything even slightly operatic. Tuned specifically for Pagani by German engine-meisters AMG, it's the kind of motor that might seem like a bit of an anachronism, but that everyone secretly wants to see spit fire and make people soil themselves. In raw thump terms, it musters some 730bhp and 738lb ft of torque, in a car that weighs 1,350kg all-in. That means similar power-to-weight as a Veyron SS, though only driven through the rear wheels. Which is a bit scary when you really think about it.